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Morning News Round-up
9:53 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Green Sales Tax Holiday Begins in Missouri

The Third Annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through April 25. Those wishing to purchase new Energy Star-qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday will save at least 4.225 percent off the purchase, representing the elimination of the state's sales tax from the purchase, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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Traffic Delays this Weekend
2:49 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Downtown St. Louis motorists will see traffic delays this weekend

(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

Motorists traveling around downtown St. Louis will see traffic backups and delays this weekend as the Missouri Department of Transportation is packing a laundry list of repairs into one, two-day stretch.

MoDOT is making a variety of lane and ramp repairs starting at Grand Boulevard and stretching to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The repairs come during the same weekend that 25,000 runners will be coming downtown for the GO! St. Louis Marathon.

Diana Venker is the area engineer for MoDOT.

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Municipal elections
11:59 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Another incumbent out at City Hall

Both Prop. E and Ald. Joe Vollmer won big in Tuesday night's election. But Ald. Fred Heitert will not return to City Hall.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Another incumbent alderman has lost his seat at City Hall.

Fred Heitert, a 32-year members of the Board of Aldermen and for many years its only Republican, lost his re-election bid by 48 votes to Democrat Larry Arnowitz, a longtime city employee.

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St. Louis SAFER grant
1:19 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

St. Louis gets SAFER grant for firefighters

Firefighters from IAFF Local 73 on the day they learned about possible layoffs. A federal grant may allow the city to avoid those layoffs.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Will be updated as more information becomes available

Firefighters in the city of St. Louis got some better news today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the department will receive $3.2 million federal funds over the next two years in the form of a SAFER grant. (That stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.)

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City budget
9:30 am
Wed March 30, 2011

City budget will be tight again next year

The city of St. Louis will start fiscal year 2012 with an $8.4 million gap in the budget
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Updated March 30th

A spokesman for Comptroller Darlene Green says the Board of Estimate and Apportionment can only act on layoffs proposed by the St. Louis Fire Department. The meeting last week was the first time the Board had a proposal to consider, said John Farrell, even though the department's overspending had been evident for nine months.

Our earlier story:

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Proposition E
6:40 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Proposition E: examining the earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City

A sign promoting the passage of Proposition E in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Tuesday, voters in St. Louis and Kansas City will have their first change to determine the future of their cities’ 1 percent earnings taxes, which are imposed on the wages of everyone who lives or works in the cities.

It’s on the ballot following statewide approval last November of Proposition A.

The lead-up to the vote has been very different in the two cities.

Today, we have two reports.

Maria Altman will look at how quiet the campaign has been in St. Louis.

But first, Maria Carter of KCUR reports that things have been much more heated in Kansas City.

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Missouri High-Speed Rail
4:31 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (R) and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith inspect tracks outside of the Kirkwood Amtrak Station in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 29, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is one of a handful of states applying for some $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects that Florida rejected last month.

Governor Jay Nixon was in Kirkwood today to announce Missouri's application for nearly $1 billion in new funding.

In recent months, rail projects have  become politicized with many GOP lawmakers calling for states to refuse the funds.

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St. Louis Catholic Schools
2:19 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Archbishop presents future plans for St. Louis Catholic schools

Archbishop Robert Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Reporting from the The St. Louis Beacon's Dale Singer used in this report.

By the time Catholic education in St. Louis celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018, Archbishop Robert Carlson wants classrooms to be fuller, Catholic identity to be more vibrant and finances in such good shape that everyone who wants to attend should be able to enroll regardless of whether they can pay.

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Local Control
1:33 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

St. Louis police officers file suit targeting local control petition language

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The battle over who will control the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has entered the theater of the courtroom.

Legislative efforts to give the city's Board of Aldermen direct oversight of the department have stalled. (It's currently governed by a five-member board, four of whom are gubernatorial appointees. The mayor is always the fifth).

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Crime
12:43 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Hotel sued over alleged molestation

The family of a child allegedly molested by a drunken guest at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in suburban St. Louis is suing the hotel.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the suit was filed Tuesday.

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