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Susan Smith-Harmon

Susan Smith-Harmon

   The ballots have been counted and after two days of voting, St. Louis public transportation workers are unanimous in their support for a job action.   

   Ninety percent of the voting membership of Transit Local 788 gave a thumbs up for a strike authorization. Local president Mike Breihan says the International office still needs to sanction the job action. 

  "The largest majority supported the strike," Breihan said.  "So what we do now is send the information up to the International. They make a decision on to sanction the strike or not. And then if that happens we will follow procedures and see what happens."  

   Breihan says the Union will wait to set a strike date until after a mediator issues his report in late June.

   The St. Louis County Council is doing something it seldom does -- reversing itself on a senior housing development already underway in the Oakville area.  

   The move follows an uproar from people who live near the planned 45-unit low-income apartment building in the 6000 block of Telegraph.  

   Last year the council had unanimously approved the development by Ohio-based National Church Residences.  

   Tuesday night, the county council voted 5-2 to send the issue back to the planning commission so that area residents can weigh in on zoning permits issued for the development.  

   Several council members who sided with the residents say they don't expect the zoning to be revoked.

   The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to attend other nearby schools.

   Tuesday's decision involves a specific family who contends the St. Louis Public School District should have footed the bill for their two children to attend Clayton schools. But the ruling could have implications for residents in other unaccredited districts.

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