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   Mega-concerts are coming to downtown St. Louis after the city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a bill that would grant Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and its company, Summer Rocks LLC, excusive access to the Gateway Mall over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.  

   Mayor Francis Slay, who supports the measure, still must sign it, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that today's 21-4 vote allows the concert producers to begin lining up financial partners and talent for the music festivals.  

   Under the terms of the deal, Summer Rocks would guarantee the city $50,000 per festival in the first 10 years of a possible 20 year agreement. It also would pay up to $400,000 per festival for city services and a percentage of ticket sales.  

   Organizers say they expect to begin with a country music festival on Memorial Day weekend 2015.  

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   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants to know if his cabinet members and top advisers own any city real estate in need of repair. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the mayor issued an executive order Wednesday requiring the written disclosure.

   The newspaper has previously reported that former city operations director Ron Smith was part-owner of a historic building that was demolished after it had fallen into disrepair.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sen. Claire McCaskill and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay are among those urging renewal of federal legislation that they say has a proven record of providing job opportunities in Missouri.
 
 The two Democrats plan to discuss their support for renewing the expired Workforce Investment Act during a news conference Monday afternoon at Soldiers' Memorial in St. Louis.
 
 McCaskill's office says she will highlight the importance of the Workforce Investment Act in helping military veterans look for jobs when they return to civilian life.
 
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   Former St. Louis corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield says his termination in 2012 was racially motivated.  On Monday, he filed an employment discrimination complaint in federal court under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  

   Mayor Francis Slay had removed Stubblefield from his post in 2011 after a series of jailbreaks and financial trouble in the corrections department.

   St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson had been the mayor's operations director at that time.  He investigated the management at the jail and reported several problems.  

   The city's Civil Service Commission upheld Stubblefield's firing the next year.  

   Stubblefield claims he was wrongly accused and says white city employees haven't been fired for similar misconduct.

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   Four projects by the crew that broke a natural gas line, causing an explosion that destroyed a Soulard business Wednesday, are on now hold.  That after city officials learned the South Dakota-based Four Winds company was operating without a city business license.  

   Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's office, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the company had been hired by subcontractor MasTec, to install fiber optic cable for AT&T when the accident happened.  

   The gas rupture forced the evacuation of 14 people from the Stars Design Group just before explosions rocked the block.  

   Crane says the city also hadn't been given the required 24-hours notice that work on the project was beginning.  So Four Winds other projects for AT&T were halted Thursday.  

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   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is shuffling the desks, and job titles of some of his city hall staff.   He's bringing in some new faces to replace some who are retiring.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that long-time alderman Fred Wessels is giving up his seat on the Board of Aldermen to take over the community development administration.  He'll replace Jill Claybour, who retired.  

   Former police board commissioner Richard Gray will be the new director of public safety, and current director, Charlene Deeken will be Gray's deputy.  

   Several other staffers will switch jobs.  

   All of the changes take affect on Monday.

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Mayor Francis Slay is asking St. Louis residents their thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

At his blog, mayorslay.com, the Mayor asks respondents what effect they think legalization would have on crime stats and the state's economy. He also wants to know how people think the sale of marijuana should be regulated. St. Louis already treats the possession of small amounts of pot as a municipal crime--people caught with small amounts of the drug in the City are ordered to appear in city court, rather than being handcuffed and transported to jail.

You can share your thoughts by clicking here.

 

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Mayor Francis Slay is asking St. Louis residents their thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

At his blog, mayorslay.com, the Mayor asks respondents what effect they think legalization would have on crime stats and the state's economy. He also wants to know how people think the sale of marijuana should be regulated. St. Louis already treats the possession of small amounts of pot as a municipal crime--people caught with small amounts of the drug in the City are ordered to appear in city court, rather than being handcuffed and transported to jail.

You can share your thoughts by clicking here.

 

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The controversy surrounding the lack of plowing of St. Louis city side streets has pushed the issue front and center following last weekend's snowstorm. In response, not only were plows on the streets overnight, but now city residents are being asked to log-in online to voice their opinion on whether the City should plow residential side streets.

Officials say it is important to collect data because not everyone is in favor of plowing the side streets for fear of getting snowed under.  

The Mayor wants to know more before making wide-sweeping policy changes and urges feedback from residents. More information is available on the city's website at: stlouis-mo.gov. Click on the "Mayor Slay" tab to register your opinion.

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   St. Louis officials are waiting to see if city residents can navigate their neighborhoods a little better now that the side streets have been plowed.  
   After nearly a foot of snow fell last weekend, followed by sub-zero cold, many residents complained that the streets in their neighborhoods were impassable. So Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that it was time for the city to experiment with plowing those side streets.  At a press conference, Slay said, "Too many people have been getting stuck on these side streets.  Too many people cannot get off their streets. They’re angry, and I hear them."
   In a Twitter post this morning, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford wrote that the plows had finished about 4 a.m.   Rainford indicated they cut a single row down the middle of each street in an effort to make the streets passable without burying the cars parked along the curbs.
   The city is asking for feedback on change. City residents are invited to share their opinion here.
 
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