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Metro invites public to comment on fare increases

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:49 Published in Local News
A fare hike proposal is on the agenda today (Tuesday) as Metro Transit officials invite public opinion regarding fare increases.
Metro says it needs the boost to cover increased costs including the jump in diesel fuel prices.
 
Three different options are being considered. The basic Metrolink cash fare would increase by a quarter in two of the three proposals. The fare for Metro buses does not increase in any of the plans.
 
Transit officials say the fare increases are needed to meet Metro’s goal of a five-percent increase in passenger revenue for 2015. Each option would generate $2.25-million dollars annually. Fares are set to increase this summer.
 
The first public meeting will be on the second floor at St. Louis City Hall today (Tuesday) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m..
The second will be at the East St. Louis City Hall Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the third will be in Clayton on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.  You can find more information at MetroStLouis.org.
 
 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri State University plans to add more student housing by updating two buildings with strong connections to Springfield's history.
 
The university will spend $1.8 million to improve Kentwood Hall and another $1 million to renovate Sunvilla Tower.
Kentwood was built in 1926 and was once a premiere hotel, where Harry Truman and Groucho Marx stayed. The 19-story Sunvilla Tower, built in 1963, was once was one of the most sought-after apartment locations in Springfield.
 
The Springfield News-Leader reports when the renovations are complete, students who are 21 or older will be able to drink alcohol in their rooms. University officials say both buildings will be marketed to older students.
 
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Washington University research project is under scrutiny for its off-label use of a contraceptive device.
 
The research project provides free birth control devices to poor and uninsured women and teenagers in the St. Louis area for three years. The university says the study has led to fewer pregnancies and fewer abortions.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 27-year-old woman is suing the university's medical school over what she calls an unethical research trial using a contraceptive device called Mirena.
 
The device is a small, T-shaped plastic frame that's inserted into the uterus and releases a hormone to prevent pregnancy.
   
The woman says using the device soon after she gave birth resulted in two heart surgeries and a chronic illness. The university denies the lawsuit's allegations.

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