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Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aug 16, 2012
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Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

Subsidies for a scaled-back Ballpark Village continued their march toward completion at the Board of Aldermen today - a day after getting the nod from a city development agency.

The $17 million in tax incentives got initial approval from the board today. It still needs one more vote from the Board, and then approval by the state. That meeting appears to be scheduled for July 17.

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Officials with the St. Louis Cardinals say construction should begin on the much-delayed Ballpark Village by this coming fall.

The $100 million project received support Thursday from the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority—known as MODESA.

MODESA’s support frees up $17 million in bonds set to expire by the end of the year—a fact which has the Cardinals, their developer Cordish Co. and the City of St. Louis moving quickly to clear these last few hurdles.

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It looks like David Freese is a winner in the Final Vote campaign and will be going to the All-Star Game. 

MLB tweeted this afternoon that Freese was the National League winner, with Yu Darvish winning the American League contest.

Here's what Freese told MLB.com:

  "It's St. Louis," Freese said of the huge support he received from Redbird Nation. "They love Cardinal baseball."

Freese had said that being reunited with La Russa was the biggest part of the honor, should fans give it to him. And they did.

"For me, it's not about going to the All-Star Game," Freese explained. "It's about playing for Tony La Russa one more time."

MLB.com also said that the whole Twitter-based effort for all of the players involved "drew a four-hour sustained average of 3,000 tweets per minute during the voting period."

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Major League Baseball is taking a social media step in this year's All-Star Game Final Vote - and hometown Cardinal David Freese is one of the players that could benefit.

MLB says it will be counting all tweets which use the hashtag #FreesePlease today, until 3 p.m. CT, as votes for the Cards' third baseman. 

Morning headlines - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Jul 4, 2012
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Court upholds election for earnings tax

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a law that requires residents in St. Louis and Kansas City to vote on their earnings tax every five years.

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The Cardinals are one step closer to making Ballpark Village a reality. A St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee voted Wednesday to move forward with revised development and financing plans.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III made his case for the city’s support before the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 1, 2012 - From the not-so-cheap seats of baseball heaven this season, I’ve witnessed an ever-increasing frequency of fan goofiness this season at Busch Stadium:

The wave.

It just. Won’t. Go. Away.

Morning headlines - Friday, May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012
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Missouri is fourth-worst in the nation for strokes

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the number of adults suffering a stroke in Missouri has jumped in the last six years.

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This is a story that may sound familiar to some of you.

The St. Louis Cardinals and developer Cordish Cos. will step in front of a city agency on July 5 to outline their plans for Ballpark Village, the 10-acre site north of Busch Stadium.

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The wife of one of St. Louis' most treasured sports icons has died.

Morning Headlines - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012
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Cardinals will retire La Russa's jersey

No other player or manager will wear #10 for the St. Louis Cardinals after this season.

The team has announced plans to retire the number, worn last by manager Tony La Russa, at a ceremony before a May 11 contest against the Atlanta Braves.

The science of baseball: a conversation

Apr 13, 2012
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Today is the Cardinals' home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, baseball season means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime.

And Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 12, 2012 - “Twelve in ’12.”

Hear that, Sports World? It’s the new mantra of Cardinal Nation, still keeping the faith after an unsettling winter of ended eras and strained goodbyes.

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apr 5, 2012
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Good morning! Here are a couple of the stories we've followed this morning to get you started:

Relatives of teen killed by police want answers

Relatives of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed by St. Louis County police are disputing police claims that the teen had a gun when he was shot. The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Glasgow Village area of north St. Louis County.

Molina signs five-year extension with Cardinals

Mar 1, 2012
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All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will be wearing the birds and the bat until 2017.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, had signed a five-year, $75 million contract, with a mutual option for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. General manager John Mozeliak says the team considers him to be the best catcher in baseball.

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Governor Jay Nixon is putting Missouri's athletic organizations to work in helping to rebuild Joplin.

Teaming with the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, Nixon is challenging members from the St. Louis Rams and Cardinals among other teams across the state to build 35 houses by June.

 "When people know that these sports teams are coming, and when they see the players and the other folks, it really really helps," said Nixon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 4, 2012 - Oh, those St. Louis Cardinals.

They. Just. Won't. Go. Away.

Here it is, just days before that big Super Bowl thingy -- when Whozit will play Whatzit at Wherever -- and the Cardinals public relations office is sending out press releases about a new website for the team's Hall of Fame and Museum.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - Need a little afternoon break?

We suggest a 2 p.m. visit to cardinals.com or MLB.com to watch live online coverage of our favorite Boys of Summer -- Freese, Berk, Carp -- meeting President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Members of the St. Louis Cardinals were honored at the White House Tuesday for the team's World Series championship last year.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Chicago White Sox and Cubs fans respectively, both heaped praise on the Cardinals for their late-season comeback and their ability to beat the odds in the playoffs, defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series.  

Obama praises 'comeback Cardinals' at the White House

Jan 17, 2012

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Though the victory parade was held months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals get to do one more victory lap in honor of their 2011 World Series win. This time, however, the party moves to our nation's capital.

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Squirrels are the sometimes adorable creatures that eat from your bird feeders, dig through your garden, and occasionally just can’t quite figure out how to successfully cross a road.

But the furry rodents were elevated to something approaching “hero” status in the 2011 Major League Baseball Playoffs – and that made it a very good year for a local charity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 26, 2011 - Two months after the World Series, Cardinals fan Travis Weihermuller is still reveling in the team's unexpected 11th franchise championship, despite the off-season twists and turns that have left Cardinal Nation questioning how the Redbirds will fare in 2012.

See ya in Cooperstown, Tony.

Breaking up is hard to do, Former No. 5.

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New trouble for Ameren at Taum Sauk power plant

A recent memo to the Missouri Public Service Commission shows major problems for Ameren at its Taum Sauk power station.

Commentary: Fallen angels are part of the game

Dec 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - Somewhere within the ocean of news ink devoted to the departure of Albert Pujols from St. Louis to Anaheim, I read that the slugger had prayed for divine guidance while contemplating his options as a free agent. If that report was accurate, it's not surprising that he split for the coast because you'd have to figure that God would wind up playing on the side of the Angels.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec 7, 2011
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Cardinals submit new offer to Pujols

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Mike Matheny is taking on one of baseball's most high-profile jobs even as he continues to recover from a big financial setback.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matheny and his wife may still be responsible for more than $4 million from a business deal gone bad. The St. Louis Cardinals say they were aware of the situation when they named Matheny manager last week.

It's official: Cardinals choose Matheny as La Russa's successor

Nov 14, 2011
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As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have introduced Mike Matheny as their new manager.

Matheny will replace Tony La Russa, who retired after the Cardinals won the World Series last month. Even though Matheny has no managing experience, general manager John Mozeliak said the four-time Gold Glove catcher stood out from a group of candidates that began with about 35 names.

Matheny to replace La Russa as Cardinals manager

Nov 13, 2011
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The St. Louis Cardinals say they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference Monday.

Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher will replace the retired Tony La Russa.

La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience. He played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three Gold Gloves. He won another with San Francisco.

Morning headlines: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011
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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Interstate 70 between St. Louis, Kansas City could be come toll road

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