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McKee's NorthSide plan under fire at TIF hearing

Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:11 Published in Local News

   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.  

More fast food strikes planned in St. Louis today

Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:48 Published in Local News

   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.  

   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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