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   One more obstacle to the proposed Ellisville Walmart is out of the way.  An appeals court has sided with the developer after a resident had sued the city for issuing a conditional use permit to for construction of the 155,000 square foot retail store.  

   Thomas DeBold had sued claimed that city officials had ignored resident's concerns and that the Walmart will negatively impact traffic, overtax utilities and city services.  Circuit Court Judge David Lee Vincent had sided with the city, and the appeals court upheld Vincent's ruling.  

   But it may be too little too late, since the permit expires September 5th and the Ellisville City Council last week declined to extend it.  

Friday, 30 August 2013 01:45
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   A group of home-schooled students will face a new test Saturday when they play their first ever high school football game.  

   The Central Panthers junior-varsity team is the brainchild of Coach Bob Schembre, an associate pastor at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Schembre formed the Mid-East Missouri Homeschool Football Association and the team in the spring after discovering interest among families in his church who home-school.  

   The 14 boys, mostly 12-14 year olds, will play both offense and defense when the Panthers travel to Clarksville, Missouri to play the Clopton-Elsberry Indian Hawks.

   Schembre told the paper that next year, he hopes to add a North team of players from O’Fallon, Wentzville and St. Charles, and a South team with players from the Jackson and Cape Girardeau areas. He'd also like to add a varsity team next year.

 

Friday, 30 August 2013 01:19
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The Humane Society of Missouri is asking for your help after a dog in north St. Louis was found with third-degree burns over much of its body in what the group calls an intentional attack. The owner of an adult male pit bull named Zeus reported him missing near the intersection of Amelia Avenue and Bircher Boulevard overnight Monday.  The dog was found Tuesday morning in a neighbor's backyard with extensive burns. The anti-cruelty organization Is offering a $2,500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. City police are also investigating the incident.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:13
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(AP) Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is siding with Gov. Jay Nixon in determining that a vetoed tax cut bill could have applied retroactively.

At issue is a provision in the legislation that triggers an automatic half-percent reduction in Missouri's income tax if the federal government makes it easier for states to collect taxes on Internet retail sales. Koster released an analysis today that says the tax-rate reduction could be applied retroactively, entitling people to ask for refunds on their three previous years of taxes. That backs Nixon's assertion but is at odds with an analysis by the legislative research office.

Koster examined the issue at the request of House Speaker Tim Jones.

Jones wants to try to override Nixon's veto of the tax cut.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:45
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The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motorist Assist, which helps stranded drivers on Missouri's roads and highways. 

Last year Motorist Assist handled around 37,000 incidents, including more than 8,000 abandoned vehicles, 7,700 mechanical repairs and around 5,500 tire changes. 

A typical Motorist Assist driver will cover about 200 miles per shift. Primary duties include securing the scene, assisting emergency personal, and taking care of the stranded drivers. 

Drivers who have been helped by Motorist Assist can thank the operators in person tonight as MoDOT hosts an open house on from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Motorist Assist station at 669 Salt Mill Road, in Chesterfield.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:19
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Governors Jay Nixon and Rick Perry gave no ground in their opinion of the Texas Governor's advertising campaign aimed at luring Missouri business to the Lone Star State. The two joined McGraw this morning with both firmly committed to their point of view. Governor Nixon says Texas is simply poaching business, while Rick Perry says it's merely competition in a very competitive arena. Perry also contends that $40-million in business leaves Missouri for Texas every year, although he could not name any of the businesses. Nixon contests that figure and says the bottom line is that states should be competing against the world for a piece of the economic pie, not slicing into each other's portion. Watch the full interviews below.



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   Developer Paul McKee's NorthSide Regeneration Project remains up in the air.  The St. Louis TIF Commission delayed a vote yesterday on changes to the $390 million dollar TIF plan after residents demand more information.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents of the near-northside neighborhood spent nearly two hours criticizing McKee for failing to include them in his plans, and at least one key alderman threatened to block the project unless neighborhood concerns are addressed.  

   McKee says he's held more than 140 community meetings since unveiling plan four years ago.  

Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:11
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   Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis.   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.  

   The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate.  Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.  

   Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater."  DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.

   Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.  

Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:48
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   An important healthcare safety net in St. Louis is laying off more than half its staff.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis ConnectCare has issued 60 day layoff notices to 88 employees, including nurses and other medical personnel.  The non-profit organization runs an outpatient clinic at the former St. Louis Regional Medical Center and provides outpatient specialty medical services for the poor.  

   ConnectCare CEO Melody Eskridge told the Post that about 60 percent of the patients they serve are uninsured and about 23 percent receive Medicaid.  She says ConnectCare must reorganized because for financial reasons.

   Both Eskridge and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay say the Missouri Legislatures failure to expand Medicaid is at least partly to blame for ConnectCare's bleak financial outlook.   

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   The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a message for drivers over the holiday weekend:  mind the traffic laws, especially the DUI laws.  

   Police will conduct Safety Checkpoints, also known as sobriety checks across the city all weekend.  

   Department officials aren't saying exactly where or when drivers might be stopped, just that it could happen in any city neighborhood, any time between Friday morning and Sunday night. 

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