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St. Louisians love their barbecue and apparently it shows. On its' blog, MOVOTO Real Estate has ranked the top ten meat-loving cities in the country. The criteria include steak houses per capita, butcher shops per capita, barbecue restaurants, burger joints and hot dog vendors per capita, as well as the number of National BBQ Festivals annually and cattle ranches within 15 miles. Orlando ranks number one, followed by Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Las Vegas with St. Louis in the number-five spot. Rounding out the top ten are Birmingham, Tulsa, Baton Rouge, and Miami with Honolulu and Tampa tied at number ten.

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:32
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Additional steps are being undertaken to reduce the strong odors emanating from the Bridgeton Landfill. Owners of the landfill, Republic Services, say they are adding 7 acres of tarp to control the smell which has been so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit on behalf of residents. Gas extraction pumps have also been installed to reduce the odor. Despite some improvement, there are still days when the smell is overwhelming. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:01
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   Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.  

   Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri.  He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.  

   Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis.  The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.

   Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:27
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.

   The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

   The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.

   Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.

   The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.

   The board is expected to make a decision by November.

 
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:10
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member plans to seek the Democratic nomination for state auditor next year. Jay Swearingen is a two-term House member from Kansas City. He says he'll make an official campaign announcement in October. Swearingen is a vice president of the Missouri Credit Union Association. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2010 and serves on committees dealing with tax policy, professional registration, financial institutions and economic development. Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is completing his first term. He defeated Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in 2010. State campaign finance reports show Schweich had about $294,000 on hand at the end of June. Swearingen had more than $11,000. The auditor's office will be the only statewide position on Missouri's November 2014 ballot. Filing officially begins next February.
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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.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 02:35
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   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." 

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:27
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former suburban St. Louis mayor previously convicted of wire fraud has pleaded guilty to submitting false employment records while trying to get out of the halfway house where he was staying.

Keith Conway was sentenced in November 2011 to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud, theft from a federal program and witness tampering. He was also ordered to repay more than $62,000 to the city.

Conway was transferred May 1 from federal prison in Marion, Illinois to a St. Louis halfway house and was supposed to be working, but instead lied and submitted fake pay stubs.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to four felony counts of filing false documents and will be sentenced in December.

Monday, 16 September 2013 17:47
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NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The family of an 83-year-old southeast Missouri woman missing since late August is offering a $25,000 reward in hopes of her safe return.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports the reward was announced Monday following another intensive search for Barbara Stoffer, of New Madrid.

Stoffer was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 20. She drove a green 1993 Volvo, and friends said she visited the nearby Mississippi River daily.

Assistant New Madrid Police Chief Joey Higgerson says the reward is being offered for Stoffer's return or for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.

Dozens of volunteers joined law enforcement officers from Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois in a renewed search Saturday. An earlier search included dive teams from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

 

Monday, 16 September 2013 16:44
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Temperatures may be in the 70's and 80's but that isn't stopping MoDOT from preparing for wintry weather.

MoDOT is hiring for emergency snow removal crews. They are looking for on-call operators that will help 2,400 full-time employees to maintain over 33,000 miles of roadways. The on-call employees will be trained to supplement MoDOT's snow removal operations.

Pay for the positions average around $14 an hour. More information on the job requirements and where to apply can be found at modot.org or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT.

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