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Trakas’ bill on Prop P provokes debate on what voters meant

Pictured above: 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas laughs after Stinson attorney Andrew Scavotto repeatedly refuses to answer questions posed by the Council pertaining to Stinson’s clients during the Ethics Committee meeting July 24. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  Legislation that would spend money from St. Louis County’s Proposition P sales

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Bell’s Day 1 changes opposed by police

Pictured above: Wesley Bell, center, takes questions from reporters after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Bell has already faced criticism for the decisions he made his first few days in office. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  As promised, new St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

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Call makes endorsements for next week’s elections

The Call offers the following endorsements for the election Tuesday, Aug. 7. You can read the Call’s endorsement in the St. Louis County executive Democratic primary here. And last week, the Call urged voters to cast a “no” vote on the two amendments to the St. Louis County Charter that are on the ballot. To

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County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

Pictured above: County Executive Steve Stenger announces higher police salaries June 22 along with St. Louis County Fraternal Order of Police President Joe Patterson, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Council members considered and rejected delaying two new police precincts promised under Proposition P so that they could

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Despite vote, MetroLink probe may not occur

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A County Council vote calling for an independent investigation into surveillance videos that appear to show police officers on MetroLink duty covering up cameras and slacking on the job does not necessarily mean that the investigation will actually happen. Police packed the council chambers at the July 25 meeting

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South county cities begin to outline use of Prop P revenues

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com As concerns grow that county municipalities may use funds from Proposition P for things besides police, south county cities are beginning to outline how they might spend the new revenue stream. Voters approved Prop P, a half-cent countywide sales tax, in April. The measure is estimated to generate $80

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