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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is shuffling the desks, and job titles of some of his city hall staff. He's bringing in some new faces to replace some who are retiring.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that long-time alderman Fred Wessels is giving up his seat on the Board of Aldermen to take over the community development administration. He'll replace Jill Claybour, who retired.
Former police board commissioner Richard Gray will be the new director of public safety, and current director, Charlene Deeken will be Gray's deputy.
Several other staffers will switch jobs.
All of the changes take affect on Monday.]]>
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, nearly 150,000 St. Louisans under the age of 17 live in neighborhoods with risk factors that contribute to youth violence. Today community leaders gathered in Forest Park to outline a plan to combat the problem.
It's called the St. Louis Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force and it's designed to help young people stay out of trouble. Among the goals are prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry into the community. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says education is another key aspect to the program.
"Keeping young people in school, that is paramount, that has to take precedent," Dooley said. "If they stay in school and get educated, they have the opportunity to be productive citizens and get meaningful jobs, and that's the key."
The youth violence task force runs until the summer of 2016. It's being funded by a public/private partnership.]]>
Authorities are taking extra security precautions around St. Louis in light of the Boston bombings.
St. Louis Police and Metro Transit authorities say they'd added security measures downtown Tuesday during both the Mayor's inauguration and the Blues game. But they say there have been no specific threats made. The extra measures are precautionary.
There was a stepped up police and security presence both inside and outside Scottrade Center Tuesday night. Hockey fans endured long lines to get inside, passing through extra screenings that included metal detectors and bag searches.
Just before the Blues game against the Vancouver Canucks, the team paid tribute to the Boston victims with a moment of silence.