The same Aldermanic committee that approved developer Paul McKee's TIF deal earlier this week, is also backing a tax abatement for St. Louis' Union Station.
The Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee on Thursday approved the 20 year financing plan for Lodging Hospitality Management, which owns the downtown landmark.
LHM is planning a $66 million dollar makeover of the former train station that will convert some retail space into offices, repair the train shed, and add excursion rail service.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two special taxing districts, each with a 1-cent sales tax, already cover the station. In addition, the owner is entitled to $3.5 million in sales tax rebates spread over 20 years.
"Hopeful," that's how Congresswoman Ann Wagner describes Thursday's meeting between GOP leaders and President Barack Obama.
The two sides got together to discuss the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline. The St. Louis County Republican was one of 18 GOP lawmakers who attended the 90-minute meeting at the White House.
Wagner told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that toning down the rhetoric that has accompanied the dispute was one area where both sides agreed. "We can't be fear-mongering and talking in ways that make our markets react," she said.
Are you one of the more than 370,000 Missourians signed up to take part in the earthquake drill scheduled for the morning of October 17?
The drill teaches participants to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Missouri is one of ten states involved. The drill starts at 10:17 AM and takes just 60 second. Oct. 17 is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California, which killed 62 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
To register, go to http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/.
It was a short day for students at Cross Keys Middle School in North County.
Ferguson-Florissant School District officials say the students were dismissed at noon after a Freon leak in the school's HVAC system. Over the past two days there had been reports of a mysterious smoke of fog in the gym. Administrators say two students saw the school nurse but no further attention was required.
Officials are now on site to perform air quality tests.
A former wrestler at Lindenwood University if accused of exposing a former student to HIV.
Prosecutors say 22-year-old Michael Johnson faces a charge of "recklessly risking infection of another when infected with HIV." The victim said he met Johnson through social media. Health officials say that although chances of contracting HIV through exchange of bodily fluids while wrestling are extremely rare, anybody who had contact with Johnson should consider consulting a physician.
Investigators are asking anybody that may have been in an intimate relationship with Johnson to contact the St. Charles County Police.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the shooting death of a 17-year-old high school student.
Jordan Martin was sentenced Thursday for first-degree murder in the March 2010 death of Kody Ray. The victim was shot on the porch of his Springfield home, where a birthday party for a 5-year-old was being held.
Prosecutors say Martin persuaded another man, James Duke, to shoot Ray.
They say Martin and Ray were part of an earlier brawl and Martin believed Ray talked to school administrators about the fight.
Martin's attorney argued he didn't know Duke intended to shoot Ray.
Duke is also serving life in prison for shooting Ray.
Police have reopened Market Street in downtown St. Louis after destroying a suspicious package.
The package was found near a trash can outside of a building at the intersection of 16th Street and Market. The bomb squad performed a controlled detonation of the package and discovered what appeared to be either a computer or TV.
The building houses many city offices, including municipal court and is next to a large Post Office.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Coal producer Peabody Energy Corp. says it will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a drawn-out legal dispute over health-care and pension benefits for thousands of retirees of bankrupt Peabody spinoff Patriot Coal Corp. The St. Louis-based companies and the United Mine Workers of America union announced the deal late Wednesday and say it will be submitted for consideration to a St. Louis federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Patriot's bankruptcy. As part of the deal, Peabody will pay $310 million over four years to fund the health and pension benefits to settle all claims by Patriot and the miners' union. Peabody also will provide about $140 million in letters of credit to Patriot, which expects to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of this year.
It's that time of year to check and double-check and that is why safety child seat checkups will be available on Saturday.
National data reveals up to 80% of all child safety seats are installed incorrectly, so the Missouri Department of Transportation is teaming up with Safe Kids to host child safety seat checkpoints in St. Louis County, Franklin County and Jefferson County.
The checkpoints will be staffed by safety technicians from MoDOT and Safe Kids this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
The checkpoint in St. Louis County is at Holy Trinity Church, 3500 St. Luke Lane in St. Ann.
In Franklin County the location is Mercy Hospital in Washington and in Jefferson County, the High Ridge Fire Protection District on High Ridge Blvd. will host a checkpoint.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are looking for a man who robbed a nun.
Authorities say the victim was walking to St. John the Baptist School on the city's south side around 5 a.m. Thursday when a man armed with a screwdriver robbed her and took her wallet. The nun was not injured, and the man ran away.