Charlie Dooley, the longtime head of St. Louis County government, is sorry. In a rare showing of humility and apology from a public official after the death of Michael Brown, Dooley went off-script at the Economic Development Partnerships luncheon Thursday to take responsibility for the traumatizin ... More >>
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Sources tell Daily RFT that a new potential course of action is for St. Louis County Police to remain in Ferguson, but for command to be handed to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. We'll update when/if we get confirmation on that. UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. At a press conference, Govern ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the probe into the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson last weekend. Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday, just two days after Brown was shot several times by an unidentified Ferguson police officer, that he asked the U.S. Departmen ... More >>
In a night with few surprises, area voters rejected County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election bid and kicked to the curb a controversial sales tax designed to improve roads. Voters also approved Missouri's inalienable right to guns and strengthened electronic privacy rights. The highly-debated ... More >>
As the gang violence and drug wars ravaging Central American countries propel waves of homeless, needy children to the southern border of the United States, St. Louis city and county governments are applying for federal dollars to pay for 60 migrant children to find shelter in St. Louis. Mayor Fran ... More >>
St. Louis almost got through the primary election for county executive without any huge accusations of racism. Almost. With only a week to go, it's still hard to know whom voters will support on Election Day. Can County Executive Charlie Dooley mobilize the base that's supported him for a decade an ... More >>
After weeks of running feel-good, "Team Dooley" campaign spots, County Executive Charlie Dooley went on the offensive Wednesday with a campaign ad accusing challenger Steve Stenger of using victim-blaming tactics when he defended human traffickers as an attorney. Stenger has released two attack ads ... More >>
In what is likely to be the only debate in the race for St. Louis County's top spot, four of the candidates for County Executive attacked ten-year incumbent Charlie Dooley for two hours over the problems facing the county, including FBI investigations, mismanaged projects and a shrinking population. ... More >>
The Internet has revolutionized sex trafficking, moving pimps and their (mostly) female victims off the streets and onto online social networks, including Backpage.com and even Craigslist. That's why County Executive Charlie Dooley is asking the St. Louis County Council for $250,000 to build up the ... More >>
The race for county executive is getting ugly as candidate Steve Stenger is accusing Charlie Dooley of ignoring the needs of the animal shelter, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent dogs and cats. The Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that Stenger accused Dooley of not caring enough abou ... More >>
Good news, jet-setters. For the first time in twelve years, passengers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport can now check their baggage at the ticket counter instead of wheeling it across the terminal to an explosive detector.
County Executive Charlie Dooley's political appointees anonymously accused him of dropping some serious f-bombs and trashing opponents before asking for money at a closed-door campaign event last week. Unnamed sources who attended the private meeting told KMOX that Dooley's rallying speech was "sur ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay is polling his St. Louis constituency on their favorite local beard this week, and gaining momentum in the polls is the man everyone's talking about: Cardinals pitcher and NLCS MVP Michael Wacha. Wacha has tough competition, including entrepreneur Joe Edwards, County Executive C ... More >>
Delmar Loop mainstay Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-4096) celebrates its 33 1/3 anniversary this weekend. To commemorate three decades and counting of schlepping slabs of wax, the store holds a celebration featuring special sales all weekend long. To kick things off, Mayor Francis Sla ... More >>
As a kid, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch's dad warned him that folks might poke fun at his last name. So he is thus not too bothered by Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan's latest piece, which is structured as a memo to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley with "Subject: Life's a F ... More >>
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and other local cops are putting high heels on this weekend. For a good cause! The head of the metro department and other officers are participating in an event called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" tomorrow, which aims to raise awareness about sexual violence. Dotso ... More >>
In 2011, as heroin deaths surged in St. Louis County, folks from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse non-profit teamed up with state officials and county law enforcers to launch the "Not Even Once" campaign. The point was to let young people know -- through speeches, moive and bus ads ... More >>
Critics of Proposition B -- which would jack up the state tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack -- are warning St. Louis and Kansas City: Don't vote for this! It will actually shrink your revenue! Perhaps, but the powers-that-be don't seem spooked at all: Both our mayor, Francis Slay, ... More >>
Photos: Ashley AtkinsDemonstrators blanketed the sidewalk and then packed a County Council meeting last night. A crowd that swelled to well over 200 people arrived to downtown Clayton yesterday to protest the proposed closing of dozens of St. Louis County Parks.
County Executive Charlie Dooley: Is he about to get his way on smoking ban exemptions? Tobacco-Free St. Louis says yes.The non-profit agency Tobacco Free St. Louis has a $545,000 contract with St. Louis County to -- among other things -- urge the county council to remove exemptions from the count ... More >>
Egypt is in total chaos right now, you may have heard. The government has been overturned and there's rioting in the streets. But the Egyptians are way luckier than St. Louisans because even though their country is a shambles, it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny in Cairo tomorrow. And what ... More >>
Charlie DooleyThe Post-Dispatch this morning follows up on an issue Daily RFT has been monitoring closely: the staggering number of bars and restaurants attempting to work their away around the new smoking bans in St. Louis and the county. The daily's story today adds a new wrinkle to the rankle ... More >>
County health department whistleblower Dr. Helen Kamp just wants to make sure county animals have good lives, like this dog does.Dr. Helen Kamp did not phrase her complaints in such strong language when she resigned from her job as a veterinarian in the animal control department at the St. Louis ... More >>
Dooley 'n Corrigan: Wait, which candidate won? Updated 10:38 a.m. with response from Dooley's office. The unofficial results have incumbent Charlie Dooley defeating Republican challenger Bill Corrigan 51 percent to 47 percent in the race for St. Louis County Executive. But could it be that Corrig ... More >>
Sometimes, the morning after, it's difficult to tell just what an election signifies. This year, we find ourselves wondering if the American people like Republicans again. Or do they merely (for the moment) hate Democrats? And what about that Christine O'Donnell?Charlie Dooley: Pro-merger candidate ... More >>
corriganforexec.comBill Corrigan, the Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive, is out with a new campaign commercial meant to scare voters over a proposed merger of the county and St. Louis City. The ad (viewable on Corrigan's website) claims that the merger -- which incumbent Charlie ... More >>
Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson of Cape Girardeau debated her Democratic challenger, Tommy Sowers, last night. And Charlie Dooley, the St. Louis County Executive, is debating his challenger, Republican Bill Corrigan, Thursday.Todd Akin gives the League of Women Voters the runaround.But Congressman To ... More >>
His company has been compared to acne and derided as nothing more than a money grab. Still, these are heady times for John Baine, co-founder of Sunset Hills-based B&W Sensors. Just last week yet another St. Louis suburb announced that it would use his company's controversial speed cameras to ... More >>
County Bout-y: Dooley v. CorriganThe gloves are coming off in the battle for St. Louis County Executive. Yesterday incumbent Charlie Dooley released his tax returns for the past four years in an effort to prove he's an "open book" and challenged his Republican contender, Bill Corrigan to do the s ... More >>
Image sourceCharlie Dooley may have killed the Riverview Casino developmentDaily RFT first reported on the proposed "Riverview Casino" next to the pristine wetlands of the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers way back in July 2009.Despite str ... More >>
move-on-up.orgChris ArpsThe St. Louis Area Young Republicans are hosting their April meeting tonight with guest speaker Chris Arps. Arps was also the guest speaker a couple weeks back out in west county when the Wild Horse Township Republicans invited him to speak to their group. So who is Arps a ... More >>
photo by Keegan Hamilton Darran Kelly, chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection DistrictThe Kinloch fire station is one of the nicest buildings in town, but that doesn't mean it's in good shape. The heater is broken, some of the windows are boarded-up, and until recently, a blue tarp, dubbed " ... More >>
Image Via Charlie Dooley's words exactlyThat's the word coming from KMOX this morning. Citing anonymous sources, the station's Kevin Kileen reports that the FBI's "probe goes all the way up the elevator." Here's the issue at the heart of the rumored wrongdoing: The feds are looking ... More >>
Image ViaYou can bet that ex-casino boss Dan Lee would like to take back a few things he said to Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley.Early last month, when Lee was the CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, the Vegas-based company that owns and operates three casinos in the St. Louis area, he planted his fo ... More >>
charliedooley.comCharlie DooleySt. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley this morning signed a smoking-ban bill that will bring the measure before voters on November 3. Dooley endorsed the bill despite objections from health agencies -- including the American Cancer Society -- which wanted him to ... More >>
It's not a perfect bill, but it's the best one County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser thought she could get her fellow council members to endorse.
The St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 last night to move forward on a bill that would ask residents to vote on a smoking ban on the Nov. 3 ballot.The bill exempts casinos from the ban as well as taverns that generate more than 75 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales. Those exemptions would b ... More >>
The St. Louis County Council last night was presented a bill that would ask residents to vote on an ordinance banning indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. The bill proposed by council member Barbara Fraser had few provisions, though more could be added next week. Among those being considered are ... More >>
mayorslay.comThe honorable Francis Slay may be a "butthead" for never getting back to Riverfront Times regarding our survey of local politicians and their views on smoking, but the St. Louis mayor is willing to share his thoughts via his blog. On Sunday the mayor once more blogged about a proposed c ... More >>
Town & Country Alderman William Kuehling plans to introduce a resolution tonight asking that the St. Louis County Council pass a county-wide smoking ban. Kuehling says that seven of eight Town & Country aldermen have indicated that they'll support the resolution. But what impact -- if any -- ... More >>
Everybody is reporting today that embattled Metro chief Larry Salci will soon be out of a job -- perhaps as early as this afternoon -- after the agency lost its lawsuit against the Cross County Collaborative. The office of County Executive Charlie Dooley has called a 2 p.m. news conference on the ... More >>
Week of October 13, 2004
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
Vote for Gore, vote for Bush -- what's the difference?
After 32 years, Bill Clay is retiring from his congressional seat. He wants to leave it to his son, but a crowded, eccentric field of candidates is contesting the will.
A candidate for St. Louis sheriff wants things shaped up on his watch; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Funding approval of Laumeier Sculpture Park's business manager is put on hold as St. Louis County Councilwoman Edith Cunnane calls for an audit of the park's finances