St. Louis

St. Louis Public Library Remodel
5:58 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis Public Library remodel on time and budget

The headquarters building of the St. Louis Public Library is undergoing a $70 million restoration.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

On time, and on budget.

Those are the five words St. Louis Public Library executive director Waller McGuire is most excited to say about the $70 million renovation of the library's headquarters building.

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Civil War sesquicentennial
12:57 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Slave sale to be staged in St. Louis for Civil War sesquicentennial

A memorial at the Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral depicting slaves to be sold at auction. A reenactment of a slave auction is planned in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 15. (Flickr Creative Commons User missy & the universe)

Slave auctions were once commonplace in Missouri. Families were separated, people were property and the event of the auction itself was a harsh one.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011, the St. Louis American reports on the plan for several local organizations to reenact a slave auction -- right on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

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U.S. Census Data
4:13 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

St. Louis has second-highest home vacancy rate

A vacant and abandoned home in St. Louis. According to U.S. Census data released Tuesday, St. Louis has the second-highest home vacancy rate among major cities in the U.S.
(Flickr Creative Commons User mdaines)

Vacant homes are a common sight in many metropolitan U.S. cities, but, apparently, St. Louis has more than most.

According to U.S. Census data, St. Louis has the second highest rate of home vacancy among major U.S. cities.

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Cracking Down on Animal Abuse
3:32 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

City of St. Louis, Stray Rescue fighting animal abuse

Gulliver, a dog rescued this week, was used as a "bait dog" in dogfighting. Dogfighting, and other animal abuses, will be carrying heftier fines for the offenders soon.
(Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

The City of St. Louis and Stray Rescue are taking additional measures to encourage responsible pet ownership in the City of St. Louis.

This week, the City's Animal Control Officers will begin issuing tickets for fines from $100 to $500 for those who violate city animal laws and ordinances. The City will also enforce animal abuse violations, including illegal chaining and dogfighting.

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Children's Health
5:21 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

St. Louis joins National Children's Study of health

Louise Flick, DrPH, principal investigator for the National Children’s Study Gateway Study Center and professor at SLU School of Public Health, Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of SLU’s School of Public Health (center), & Craig Schmid, St. Louis Alderman
Chad Williams, Saint Louis University Medical Center

St. Louis is joining the National Children's Study, the largest long-term study of child health ever conducted in the United States.

The study will follow 100,000 children nationwide from before birth to age 21.

Local study leader Louise Flick of Saint Louis University's School of Public Health says more than 4,000 children from St. Louis City, Jefferson County, and southwestern Illinois will be asked to participate.

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Crime
10:24 am
Thu December 9, 2010

2nd teen arrested in St. Louis drag race

19-year-old William Sapp was arrested Dec. 8 as the second suspect in a drag racing accident that left a young woman in critical condition.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Authorities say 19-year-old William Mack Sapp of south St. Louis County is charged with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He is jailed on $500,000 bond following his arrest on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear if Sapp had an attorney.

The other alleged racer, 19-year-old Trenton Pinckard of Glen Carbon, Ill., was charged earlier this week with leaving the scene of an accident.

National Janitorial
3:40 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Nationwide Janitorial exec. faces indictment

A familiar set of tools of the janitorial trade. Herman Schamber is being charged with embezzlement from the janitorial business for which he worked.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Robert S. Donovan)

The president of Custom Janitorial Services and Supplies is facing federal charges alleging he embezzled nearly $1 million.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that 54-year-old Herman Schamber of St. Louis worked out of the main Alexandria, Va. office of National Janitorial Services Inc.  and also owned and operated the another company, Custom Janitorial Services, out of the East Rutherford, N.J. area. The Business Journal explains:

 

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Unemployment
5:05 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Unemployment numbers released for St. Louis

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today about the state of unemployment over the past year for the St. Louis Mo.-Ill metropolitan area. We have some of the highlights for you:

  • St. Louis Mo.-Ill. registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in October 2010 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in October 2010, not seasonally adjusted.
  • Employment rose in St. Louis at a rate of 0.1 percent, but not as much as it did nationally, 0.5 percent.

So who was getting hired?

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Smoking laws
12:14 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

City to bars: when it comes to smoking ban, tents count

Bars in St. Louis that are thinking about applying for an exemption to the city's smoking ban will have to count any tents they use to expand seating areas toward the square footage total that allows them to get that exemption.

The city's ban includes language that lets bars smaller than 2,000 square feet and where "the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption" of alcoholic beverages to allow their patrons to smoke until January 1, 2016.

So why do tents matter?

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Business
6:31 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Koman, Tropicana to jointly fund Chain of Rocks casino

The proposed design for Casino Celebration.
(Casino Celebration)

A Las Vegas-based gaming company has entered a deal to help finance and operate the proposed casino at the Chain of Rocks bridge in north St. Louis.



The financing by the numbers:

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