Voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County also voted to pass Proposition P, also known as the Arch Tax. A sales tax hike of 3/16 of a cent will now go towards improving parks, trails, and the Gateway Arch. A tax increase of that size adds up to about 2 cents for every $10 dollars spent. It's expected to raise about $780 million over the next 20 years, or about $39 million a year. Prop P had to pass in both the city and county. It passed in the city with 67% of the vote, and it passed in the county with 53%.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will be the longest serving mayor in the city's history. Slay was elected a record 4th term last night after, easily defeating Green Party candidate James McNeely. Back in March, Slay defeated Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed in a heated Democratic primary battle. Slay's inaguration will take place April 16th at the City Hall rotunda.
Manchester police and the FBI are asking for help identifying a man they believe spiked the soup the Dierbergs at Lafayette Center. Employees pulled the soup container on Thursday, after witnesses saw a man pouring a foreign substance into the container near the salad bar. The soup was removed before any was purchased. The soup-spiker was caught on surveillance video before he could make his escape. He's described as a Caucasian man between 50 and 60 years old with a heavy build and light beard.