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   City officials in Richmond Heights are calling it "a major milestone" in the redevelopment of the southern half of Hadley Township.   The City Council on Monday evening approved a redevelopment  agreement with Menard Inc.  

   The $63 million project includes $15 million in tax increment financing.  

   Once the site plan receives final city approval, the Wisconsin-based hardware retailer can set closing dates for 99 residential parcels it's buying east of Hanley Road.  

   "After many years of battling through unresponsive developers and the worst economy in many years, everyone's hard work is coming to fruition," Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck said. "The residents in the southern section of Hadley will be well set for the future. Richmond Heights will benefit from another great retailer."

   Menard's plans to build a two-story, 224,000 square foot home improvement store on the land just north of Maplewood's Walmart complex, and additional retail space along Hanley Road.

  SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has ordered the frontman of the Grammy-winning Christian metal band As I Lay Dying to stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

   San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney handed down his decision Monday in the case against Timothy Lambesis after several hours of testimony by witnesses for the prosecution, including an undercover officer who posed as a hitman.

   Howard Bradley testified that Lambesis met him believing he was a hitman and told him he wanted his wife, Meggan Lambesis, dead. Bradley says Lambesis gave him his wife's name, photo and address, along with $1,000 cash.

   Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder. He'll be arraigned on Oct. 22, when the date for his trial will be set.

Dooley loses union support for 2014 reelection bid

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:27 Published in Local News

   The largest coalition of organized labor unions in the St. Louis region is pulling its support for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's 2014 reelection bid.  Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Robert Soutier and Jeff Aboussie of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council met with Dooley Monday.  

   Soutier spoke with Fox 2 News about that meeting. "And I said at this point, we're withholding support.  We would urge you not to run." 

   Dooley says he's sorry the labor leaders are pulling their support, but he has no plans to bow out of the race.

   "There is no better friend to labor than Charlie Allen Dooley," he said.  "I have been labor's friend since I've been in politics, since I've been the county executive, on the county council since 1995."

   Soutier says the action isn't the result of any one incident, but stems from a relationship that has deteriorated over time.

   "The building trades certainly have some problems with non-union contractors in the county," Soutier said.  "Certainly, the firefighters have a problem with an appointment that Dooley made for, I think, one of the training centers." 

 

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