St. Louis

Housing permits
5:04 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Building permits match record low in Jan. 2011

(via Flickr/ Giles Douglas)

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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St. Louis Homelessness
6:04 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

St. Louis marks halfway point in effort to end chronic homelessness

This screen capture using satellite view in Google Maps shows homeless encampments along the Mississippi River. (St. Louis Public Radio / Google Maps)

The city of St. Louis today marked the halfway point in its ten-year effort to end chronic homelessness.

A five-year report released today shows a 20 percent drop in the city's chronically homeless since 2005.

Chronic homelessness is defined as those homeless for a year or more or four times over a three-year period.

The report also states that the overall homeless population also decreased, from about 1,500 in 2005 to about 1,300 last year.

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Crime
4:57 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Three Mexican nationals plead guilty to operating St. Louis false document lab

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Counterfeit resident alien cards, social security cards, state driver’s licenses and foreign driver’s licenses were all available from a St. Louis-area false document lab in 2010.

And now three men have pleaded guilty to the lab's operation, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Mauricio Aparicio-Gonzalez, 24, and Mauro Martinez-Espinosa, 23, pleaded guilty today, while  Reinaldo Pereida, 49, pleaded Jan. 31. All three men are Mexican nationals and their sentencings are set for May 2011.

Democratic National Convention
10:27 am
Tue February 1, 2011

St. Louis loses DNC 2012 bid, Charlotte, N.C. to host

The Charlotte, N.C. skyline. Charlotte was chosen over several cities, including St. Louis, to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (via Flickr/jacreative)

Updated at 5:30 pm with further remarks from St. Louis Democrats chair Brian Wahby

The Democratic National Committee has announced its choice city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- and it's not St. Louis.

Charlotte, N.C. has been named the host of the event over St. Louis and other finalist cities Cleveland and Minneapolis.

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Crime
11:21 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Former St. Louis prosecutor dies after gunshot

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

St. Louis police are investigating the death of a former St. Louis city prosecutor who was shot at her home.

Jessa Schauman died Thursday, a day after police were called to a home she shared with a former St. Louis police officer. She had been shot in the head. Police say that the initial call indicated a suicide attempt, but a preliminary investigation led officers to classify the death as suspicious.

Firefighters Retirement System
4:35 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Aldermen slow down bill on funding firefighter pensions

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

There’s been a temporary delay in a new skirmish between the city and its fire department.

Ald. Matt Villa has held a bill that aims to change the way certain benefits for firefighters are funded.

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New Year's Eve Tornadoes
2:45 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Presentation designed to help tornado victims avoid scams

Firefighters survey damage after a possible tornado hit the surrounding area of Sunset Hills, Missouri on Dec. 31, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

When a natural disaster hits, the devastation left behind isn't always limited to destroyed property and emotional distress.

Another element -- fraud -- is sometimes an unwanted companion to the recovery process.

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Boeing
11:45 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Boeing cutting jobs in St. Louis, elsewhere

A C-17, the model of Boeing aircraft attributed to job cuts across the country, including in St. Louis. (via Flickr/stuka115)

Yesterday, we told you that a $19 billion deal with China landed Boeing an order for production of 200 airplanes. Well, today's news about the company is more about cuts than gains.

Boeing Co. says it's cutting 1,100 jobs from its U.S. plants, most of them in Southern California, as it scales back production of its C-17 cargo planes.

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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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