Step into the St. Louis County courthouse this week and you're likely to get an earful. Construction crews are at work removing the building's exterior plaza, and the clatter of jackhammers inside the court is near deafening. On Tuesday the racket was so loud that Judge Thea Sherry postponed a cri ... More >>
While St. Louis County officials consider putting in place a stricter smoking ban policy, a bill at the state legislature to ban smoking across the entire state has gotten little attention this legislative session. That's partly because opposition is so strong, it's not likely to get far in the pr ... More >>
When we first wrote about the proposal for a treetop adventure course in Creve Coeur Park this month, we said it sounded pretty friggin' cool. We did not, however, give much attention to the bird lovers who apparently made quite a fuss at the St. Louis County Council last night about the damage th ... More >>
A controversial smoking ban proposal at the St. Louis County Council has prompted businesses to protest stricter policies that they say could hurt their revenues. As we've reported, the policy under consideration, would limit exemptions to the ban so that a majority of establishments could no longer ... More >>
In a break from the reliably wonky policy and finance debates of local government, the St. Louis County Council this week is discussing something that sounds potentially really friggin' cool: A treetop adventure course in Creve Coure Park. And no, it's not just a rinky-dink zip line, y'all. "It' ... More >>
Today at the St. Louis County Council, members of the public will have an opportunity to offer feedback on a controversial proposal to expand a smoking ban to a variety of business establishments that are exempt under current policy. Carol Fallert, owner of The Brew House in Maryland Heights, will ... More >>
Last night, Daily RFT asked Seventh Ward Alderwoman Phyllis Young: Does the "Arch Tax" bill you're sponsoring have the votes to pass at Friday's meeting? "If I'm counting properly, we have votes to pass it," she says. If that's correct, it will be up for a final board vote next week, as it will like ... More >>
By a vote of 4-3 the St. Louis County Council last night approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination ordinance. The measure makes it illegal to fire an employee based on his or her sexuality as well as deny members of the LGBT community from housing and use of pu ... More >>
Last month, the St. Louis County Council began considering changes to the regulations governing farmers' markets. Clayton Farmers' Market master Deb Henderson has been an outspoken critic of the proposed new rules, telling Gut Check "if [the county] rewrites a definition of of a farmers' market and ... More >>
On Tuesday, a bill was introduced to the St. Louis County Council that would make significant changes to the regulations governing St. Louis County's farmers' markets. The council did not vote on the measure at Tuesday's meeting but announced instead that it will hold a "Committee of the Whole" next ... More >>
Screenshot: www.claytonfarmersmarket.comA bill scheduled to be introduced at this evening's meeting of the St. Louis County Council could alter the schedules of the county's farmers' markets as well as the produce available at them. The bill, introduced by Councilman Michael O'Mara (D - 4th ... More >>
Premium tobacco retailers pipe up against the smoking ban.Former councilwoman Barbara Fraser made a cameo at the St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday to urge her former colleagues to do away with exemptions to the county's smoking ban. Fraser, who now serves as chairwoman for Tobacco Free St. ... More >>
Bob Lowery, former Florissant mayor and potential St. Louis County Council honoree.Scandal? What scandal?The St. Louis County Council is poised to honor controversial outgoing Florissant Mayor Bob Lowery at its meeting this evening, despite revelations last year that led to an abrupt decision not ... More >>
Jim Pepper is complaining to the IRS that an anti-smoking agency has crossed the line.O'Fallon Councilman Jim Pepper has followed through on his threat to complain to the IRS about the political work of Tobacco-Free St. Louis.Pepper yesterday filed a complaint with the IRS, charging that the non- ... More >>
Your stimulus dollars at work!As we reported earlier today, St. Louis County has received $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds for a campaign to cut back on tobacco use here.But now Daily RFT has learned that the county is using some of the money to hire a non-profit organization to "educate" i ... More >>
The St. Louis County Council is okay with you smoking at the bars in Harrah's Casino -- just don't even think about tying your dog up outside while you do it.If it's less than 33 degrees outside, a new law would make this illegal in St. Louis County.As the Post-Dispatch reports, the council took ... More >>
The Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen became the first city council in St. Charles County to pass a smoking ban. The board approved the ban in a 4-2 vote last night. The law still needs signature from Mayor Mike Potter who has voiced concerns about the ban. Like a similar ban in Kirkwood, the La ... More >>
Add to those bargains beer and wine.This blogger still recalls when Walgreens outlets in St. Louis had their own liquor departments separated from the main store with turnstiles to keep the kiddies out. Then suddenly, a decade or so ago, Walgreens abruptly stop selling booze. Rumor had it that th ... More >>
That's pretty much the message that Robert Baer, president and CEO of the Metro transit agency, delivered to St. Louis County voters in today's Post-Dispatch. Baer says that if county voters do not approve a half-cent sales tax in April, the agency will be forced to cut half its service beginning ne ... More >>
Image ViaReporter Paul Hampel has an incredible story in today's Post-Dispatch about the CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (the Vegas-based company that owns Lumiere Place, the Admiral and the new casino in Lemay) attempting to "muscle" a member of the St. Louis County Council before Tuesday's v ... More >>
Image ViaWhile thousands of St. Louis county voters took to the polls yesterday to decide important issues like a smoking ban and increased 911 funding, the fate of the largest stretch of undeveloped Mississippi River waterfront in the St. Louis region was left in the hands of six members of the ... More >>
www.knitwareblog.comRemember the late-July proposal from a North St. Louis County developer for a massive casino and resort next to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area? The one that would turn 376 acres of wetlands into 8,000 parking spots, an 18-hole golf course, and another Casino in the St. ... More >>
stlouiscore.comLewis Reed may look a bit skinnier by next week. Thanks to KMOX for explaining the curious tweet Lewis Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, sent out this afternoon. Reed and St. Louis County Council member Barbara Frazier are participating this week in "Hunger C ... More >>
Smoking debate drags on.As mentioned yesterday on this blog, folks on both side of the smoking ban debate aren't happy with a bill that would ask St. Louis County voters to prohibit tobacco use in most businesses. For smoking advocates and many business owners, the bill is an unfair encroachment ... More >>
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 >>
Members of the St. Louis County Council could vote tonight on a proposed bill that would ask its residents to vote on an indoor smoking ban. Prior to tonight's 6 p.m. council meeting, the group Smoke Free St. Louis plans to hold a rally in downtown Clayton in support of the ban. The rally begins at ... More >>
keepstlouisfree.blogspot.comKeep St. Louis Free, a group opposed to local smoking-ban efforts, launched this week an advertising campaign to try to block such a ban from going up for public vote in St. Louis County. Bill Hannegan -- spokesman and founder of Keep St. Louis Free -- mentioned the ad ... 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 >>
flickr.com/photos/carolinespicsBut first the County Council must pass a proposal that would allow residents a voice in the matter. The council could vote on the proposed referendum as early as tonight, allowing the issue to go before voters in November. Council member Barbara Fraser tells the Post-D ... More >>
Last night the Clayton board of aldermen gave initial approval to a smoking ban for businesses and restaurants that would go into effect in July 2010. The bill needs one more reading before becoming law, though it looks to be virtual done deal at this point. Just one alderman voted against the ban y ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/wallygThe ban prompts the questions: Will The Smokers abide? And who will make them?Alderwoman Lyda Krewson's bill banning smoking inside almost all public spaces in the city gets its first reading this morning in front of the Board of Aldermen. The ordinance would only go into eff ... More >>
Nobody's ever voted for Joyce Aboussie, but the congressman, the governor, the mayor and the county executive don't do anything political without her.
Dolores Shante, St. Louis American
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