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The St. Louis County Port Authority is holding off on commissioning a study about regional governance of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. 

Andrew Ruben, outside legal counsel to the county Port Authority, said pumping the brakes on the study signals that talks of alternate governance structures are intensifying among regional leaders.

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The exploration of the potential privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport continues — request for qualifications submissions from interested companies were due today. 

The city of St. Louis will now begin screening potential bidders to gauge whether they can financially and operationally move forward in the process. But now both St. Charles County and St. Louis County have entered the debate on airport privatization. They want the Port Authority to study regional control of the airport and whether privatization is a good idea. 

A view of Highway K in O'Fallon in 1970.
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To grasp St. Charles County’s dramatic growth, one only needs to view two photos taken 47 years apart by Jim Karll.

Both show Highway K in O’Fallon, just south of Interstate 70. The first photo, taken in 1970, shows a remote road amid farmland and woods. In the second, Highway K is packed with traffic and flanked by shopping centers and businesses.

St. Charles County’s population skyrocketed from 90,000 in 1970 to almost 400,000 today — a pace unmatched anywhere else in the state. It also has the second-largest bloc of GOP voters in the state and attracts lots of businesses. But a few things threaten its upward trajectory, namely public transportation and a lack of diversity.

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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann back to the program.

The Republican has served as St. Charles County’s top office holder since 2007, and is one of the region’s longest-serving officials. Previously, he was a circuit judge, state senator, private-practice attorney and public school teacher.

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St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann will try for a fourth term in 2018, he announced Monday.

If he wins, the Republican would become the county’s longest-serving official.

St. Charles County executive Steve Ehlmann, Mayor Francis Slay, and St. Clair County executive Mark Kern (right) at the State of the Region breakfast on January 12, 2017
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The top elected officials from the city of St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Charles and St. Clair counties gathered in one of the city's poshest hotels Thursday to give business and government leaders their take on where the metro area stands on a variety of development issues.

Like everyone, the region is facing a lot of change. There are new faces in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., and soon there will be a new face in St. Louis' City Hall. This event was the last State of the Region event for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who is not running for a fifth term. 

New river bridge bolsters link to St. Charles County

Jun 25, 2015
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A new bridge over the Missouri River is opening Monday morning, underscoring how much St. Louis and St. Charles Counties have grown together over the past three decades.

State and local officials gathered Thursday to cut a ceremonial ribbon on the new eastbound span of the I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann told an audience of about 50 people that the bridge is the 7th river crossing built between the two counties in the last 37 years.

State Auditor Tom Schweich stands next to St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann during his St. Louis press conference. Schweich announced he'll be auditing 10 municipal courts, including seven within the St. Louis metro area.
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State Auditor Tom Schweich will audit 10 municipal courts to see if they’re running afoul of a state law that restricts how much revenue from traffic fines a city can keep. 

The Republican official included Ferguson’s court in the tally; it has come under scrutiny since the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Besides Ferguson, Schweich will audit St. Louis County-based municipal courts in Bella Villa, Pine Lawn and St. Ann. He’ll also audit Foristell in St. Charles County and Foley and Winfield in Lincoln County.

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Educators and politicians in St. Charles say they have a plan in place to reduce the number of chronically absent students in the city’s school district. 

Starting next year, the district will implement a truancy court, a program designed to get families the resources they need to keep students in school as often as possible.

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The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.

Saint Louis University sociology professor Onésimo Sandoval studies demography and said the numbers didn't surprise him. The structure of cities across the U.S. is changing, Sandoval said.

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The opportunity was too good to pass up. 

When Boeing decided to move production of its 777X passenger plane out of Seattle, states across the country were eager to offer their services. Missouri's political and business leaders were no exception.  They simply couldn't miss out on the chance to cement thousands of high-paying jobs for decades to come.

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Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's show, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann joins us. Ehlmann talks about playing basketball with Governor Jay Nixon (he says he's a better shooter than Nixon, but that the governor "throws his weight around" on the inside).

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 4, 2012 - The chairman of the St. Louis County Council praised a plan to allow voters to decide whether to increase sales taxes to improve the Arch grounds and provide a funding stream for area parks, including those in St. Louis County.

“It would help us with some improvements in our parks system down the road,” said Councilman Michael O’Mara, D-Florissant, in an interview with reporters Tuesday. “I think it’s a good project for downtown St. Louis and both of us need to pass it for it to succeed. So, I’d be in favor of something like that.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 20, 2012 - House Majority Leader Tim Jones is pushing back against assertions that a proposal providing voters in the St. Louis area a chance to raise sales taxes to improve, among other things, the St. Louis Arch grounds was done clandestinely.

While the Eureka Republican has expressed support for a parks sales tax, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has sharply criticized it and Gov. Jay Nixon remains non-committal.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2011 - The St. Charles County Council likely won't send an indoor smoking ban next week to county voters. But that doesn't mean the potentially precedent-setting debate is over.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 25, 2011 - St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann is sticking to his guns, when it comes to his veto two months ago of a bill that would have asked county voters if they wan't a ban on smoking in most public places.

Ehlmann said Wednesday that his reason remains the same. Any proposed ban that goes before St. Charles County voters must have no exceptions, and no exemptions. If smoking is being banned in public places for health reasons, he said, there should be no exemptions for any businesses -- including bars and casinos.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 8, 2011 - When Missouri voters were considering the amendment that would bear his name, Springfield businessman Mel Hancock said the concept behind his effort was easy to understand:

The amount of revenue raised by the state should be limited, and voters should have the final say on whether they pay higher taxes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 26, 2011 - Amid the mingling with their fellow Republicans, the county executives for St. Charles and Jefferson counties also have congressional redistricting on their minds.

And each has a vision of what he'd like to see.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2009 - St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says he wasn't offended when a top aide to Gov. Jay Nixon warned him of possible fallout if a county legislator succeeded in blocking the governor's choice for economic development director.

But Ehlmann added that he hoped Nixon and his staff learned something from the confrontation, which ended Tuesday when the state Senate approved local lawyer Linda Martinez for the post by a voice vote.