St. Louis

St. Louis City Earnings Tax
6:14 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Sierra Club urges St. Louis to retain city earnings tax

Forest Park in St. Louis is one of the places the Sierra Club says would be hurt by getting rid of the city's earnings tax in the upcoming April 5 election.
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An environmental group is urging St. Louis voters to approve Proposition E in the April election.

The proposition asks voters whether the city can retain the 1 percent earnings tax, which generates about one-third of the city’s budget.

The Sierra Club is encouraging St. Louisans to vote yes.

John Hickey says the earnings tax is the main source of funding for the city’s parks.

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IBM Grant
4:13 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

St. Louis named recipient of IBM "Smarter Cities" grant

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St. Louis has been named as one of 24 cities worldwide to be awarded a "Smarter Cities" grant by IBM, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tim Logan reports

What does the grant entail? And how will it be used in St. Louis?

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City primaries
7:38 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Upset in 24th Ward primary; voter turnout below 7 percent

St. Louis City Hall
(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

Updated at 12:30 p.m. Wed. with correct percentages

Updated with final unofficial results at 10:30 p.m.

A former St. Louis alderman who was recalled from office in 2005 over his support for controversial development projects in his south city ward seems poised to take his old seat back in April.

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National Children's Study
1:32 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

First local baby born into National Children's Study

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Back in December 2010 we told you that St. Louis is joining the National Children's Study, the largest long-term study of child health ever conducted in the United States.

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St. Louis Bank Robberies
2:29 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Same suspect may be responsible for 5 bank heists in St. Louis area

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FBI officials in St. Louis suspect that a man who robbed a Regions Bank branch on Friday is the same man responsible for four other bank robberies in the St. Louis area since December.

The robber entered the bank about 9:15 a.m. Friday, approached a teller, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount.

The FBI says the same man may have robbed the same bank on Jan. 31, another Regions Bank branch on Feb. 22, the Southern Commercial Bank on Jan. 12 and First Bank on Dec. 6.

compton bridge
10:03 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Compton Bridge to reopen tomorrow

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A map of the location of the Compton Bridge. Click around in the map to explore.

The Compton Bridge in midtown St. Louis is set to reopen to traffic tomorrow.

Compton will be the primary detour during the 14-month reconstruction of the Grand Boulevard Bridge.

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Census estimates
4:33 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Gap between census estimates, reality, not that uncommon

(US Census Bureau)

In 2009, the news from the U.S. Census Bureau was all good for the city of St. Louis.

The American Community Survey showed the city's population had 356,587 people - up about two percent from the 2000 official count. And Mayor Francis Slay would challenge numbers that didn't confirm the notion that his city was growing.

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MoDOT Construction Updates
5:30 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

MoDOT updates on Poplar St. Bridge, I-64 construction

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say work on the Poplar Street Bridge will start this spring and continue into the fall.

The work will involve resurfacing the bridge deck and will result in lane closures and traffic delays.

Deanna Venker is an area engineer for MoDOT.  She says the work could not be delayed until the completion of the new Mississippi River bridge in 2014.

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Housing permits
5:04 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Building permits match record low in Jan. 2011

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More not-so-great economic news for the St. Louis region today.

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri released its data on the number of permits issued by the six counties (St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Franklin) and the city of St. Louis. They show that builders were looking to start construction on just 120 new single-family homes in January 2011. That's down more than 40 percent from January 2010, and is the lowest monthly total since November of 2008.

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Earthquakes & St. Louis Region
4:38 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Threat of earthquakes to St. Louis region "real," says FEMA's Fugate

A woodcut depicting damage from the New Madrid series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says the threat of earthquakes on the New Madrid fault remain. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Some scientists say risks of another major earthquake from the New Madrid fault are minimal.

But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate insists the threat to the St. Louis region is real.

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