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Slay Wins Historic Fourth Term

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Francis Slay has won an historic fourth term in office.  He handily beat Green Party candidate James McNeely in last night's election, with 84-percent of the vote.  Slay says he's looking beyond his next four years in office, to the future of St. Louis.

City, County Approve Proposition P

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Both St. Louis city and County have approved Proposition P.  The sales tax increase will go to help pay for improvements to the Arch grounds.  The measure passed by 67-percent in the city and 53-percent in the county.

Woman Found Dead In Alley Identified

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Police have identified a woman found dead in a South City alley.  They say 47-year-old Aretha Robinson had been strangled.  A person of interest was taken into custody yesterday, but was later released.

Republican Kirk Supports Same-Sex Marriage

(Washington, DC)  --  Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk is endorsing same-sex marriage.  Kirk joins Ohio Senator Rob Portman as the only Republicans in the Senate to come out in support of marriage equality.  In a statement, Kirk said, quote, "life comes down to who you love and who loves you back--government has no place in the middle."  Kirk, who is back at work, is still recovering from a life-threatening stroke.

Identical Triplets Born In Des Peres

(Des Peres, MO)  --  A set of identical triplets has been born in Des Peres.  Laura and Brad Partridge welcomed Sonja, Sylvia and Scarlett on March 19th.  They'll join older siblings Stephen and Stella.  Experts say identical triplets are fairly rare.

St. Louis Mayor's Historic Win

(St. Louis, MO)  --  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay makes history in his landslide win Tuesday.  When inaugurated April 26th he will become the only four-term serving mayor in the city's history.  Slay garnered over eighty-percent of the vote against his Green Party challenger.

Ellisville Mayor's Impeachment Saga Continues

(Ellisville, MO)  --  Ellisville mayor's impeachment saga continues.  Testimony enters day three as Mayor Adam Paul's attorney, Chet Pleban, reportedly grilled two witnesses during last night's proceedings.  The mayor is at odds with the council over TIF's for a proposed Walmart.  

Sequestration Leads To No-Court Fridays

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Sequestration leads to no-court Fridays.  Federal Judges at U.S. District Courts in St. Louis have cleared their dockets on the second and fourth Friday monthly beginning April 26th.  Judiciary funding overall faces a five-percent cut.    

Missouri House Compromises On New Bridge Name

(Jefferson City, MO)  --  The Missouri House compromises on naming the new Mississippi River Bridge downtown.   Lawmakers opted to name the actual bridge after Cardinals great, Stan Musial, while dubbing a portion of I-70 leading to the bridge after Andy Gammon.  Gammon was killed while helping construct the bridge last year.         

Edwardsville Pot Bust

(Edwardsville, IL)  --  At a time when judges are adjusting court dockets for sequestration, was a minor pot bust in Edwardsville a waste of taxpayer dollars?  The "Belleville News Democrat" reported agents from multiple departments raided a home on Hunters Ridge late last week.  Authorities are touting the three-pound bust and arrest of a 23-year-old suspect.

Missouri Ranks Second In Nationwide Beer Sales

(Jefferson City, MO)  --  Missouri ranks second in nationwide beer sales.  According to "24/7 Wall Street" Americans consumed nearly six-point-four-million gallons of beer in 2011.  Colorado ranked first, followed by Missouri, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Ohio, rounding out the top five.

Left Turns Cause More Car/Pedestrian Accidents

(St. Louis County, MO)  --  Left turns statistically cause more car/pedestrian wrecks across the country.  The studies conducted by Oregon State University also revealed a higher percentage of pedestrian crashes were in marked crosswalks.  "Permitted" left turn traffic signals appeared to be the common denominator.

Happy Birthday MetroBus

(St. Louis, MO)   --  Happy Birthday MetroBus.  Metro Transit leaders will gather today to mark 50-years of service to the bi-state region.  The festivities, featuring Fredbird, will take place at the Central West End MetroBus Center this morning at 10:30.


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