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Crestwood mall project is now a $300 million redevelopment

Pictured above: A rendering for the plaza at the proposed Crestwood City Center released in October 2018.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Developers of the former Crestwood mall say that plans to redevelop the vacant site as “Crestwood City Center” have tripled in size to $300 million from the previous estimated $105 million, which

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Jake Zimmerman will challenge Sam Page for county executive in 2020

Pictured above: St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman takes questions from residents during his third town-hall appearance about this year’s property assessments at the Affton Community Center on Saturday, June 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Jake Zimmerman, who has served as St. Louis County’s assessor for eight years, is

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Verdict could signal end for Belmar as chief of St. Louis County police

Pictured above: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A St. Louis County jury handed down a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department Oct. 25 for allegedly discriminating against an Oakville

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Eight of Page’s nine appointees to Board of Freeholders approved; city nods still in limbo

Pictured above: County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas questions County Executive Sam Page’s Board of Freeholders appointees. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The status of the Board of Freeholders that could approve a city-county merger is up in the air after St. Louis County approved its nominees, but the city still

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Nonpartisan elections fail at Charter Commission

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A Charter Commission proposal to make elections in St. Louis County nonpartisan failed to move forward last week. The idea of making countywide elections nonpartisan has been discussed throughout the Charter Commission’s past nine months of meeting to discuss changes to the county Charter. The idea was often discussed

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Freeholders grilled by council; city ones fail

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Council grilled County Executive Sam Page’s nine prospective appointees to the 19-member Board of Freeholders last week on issues ranging from their views on a potential city-county merger to whether they feel they can represent unincorporated areas even though they mostly live in cities. The

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Bell talks decriminalization, police shootings

Pictured above: County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell discusses the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of police Officer Michael Langsdorf Monday, June 24. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com To see a related article about Bell’s appearance at the town hall, click here. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s new

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Lindbergh installs turf fields as first Prop R improvement

Pictured above: The proposed synthetic turf layout for the Lindbergh High School stadium. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Lindbergh High School’s football and soccer stadium will be upgraded to a turf field this spring as part of the improvements voters approved with the passage in April of Proposition R, a $105 million, 83-cent no-tax-rate-increase

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