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Loop Trolley still shutting down, might be taken over by Bi-State in new year

The Loop Trolley was decorated for the holidays, but mostly empty the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 12. It was the first day the trolley was open after a vote by the Bi-State Development Agency board to look into taking over trolley operations. The trolley’s driver said that he was a retired former Metro driver, but likes the trolley. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

December 30, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor  glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Bi-State Development Agency board voted Dec. 10 to potentially take over the financially struggling Loop Trolley, despite heated opposition from the Illinois side of the board. The 6-3 vote was not a final decision to take over trolley o...

Loop Trolley near end of the line: Shuts down Dec. 29, as Bi-State eyes takeover

Then-County Executive Steve Stenger did not attend the March 12, 2015 groundbreaking for the Loop Trolley. Officials in attendance, from left, were Les Sterman of the Loop Trolley Committee; Susan Trautman, executive director, Great Rivers Greenway; former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; Joe Edwards; Mokhtee Ahmad, region administrator of Region 7 for the Federal Transit Authority; former University City Mayor Shelley Welsch; and former Metro CEO John Nations.

December 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Loop Trolley will shut down at the end of the year, but Missouri-Illinois transit agency Bi-State is looking into whether it can take over the derailed trolley line. The trolley came with a $52 million price tag and high hopes from its big...

Port Authority declines to add St. Louis County to airport talks, at least for now

Passenger airplane flying above clouds in evening.

December 4, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Just as St. Louis Lambert International Airport saw one of its busiest travel weeks of the year, a St. Louis County commission decided not to inject the county into the debate on airport privatization — at least for now. The St. Louis ...

City bid for airport privatization leads to calls for regional governance

City bid for airport privatization leads to calls for regional governance

December 3, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com So far the process that could potentially lead to the privatization of the St. Louis airport is mostly a mystery, with the city of St. Louis’ closed-door discussions leading to calls by neighboring officials for greater regional control o...

Vowing transparency, Page will mount bid next year to stay county executive

Vowing transparency, Page will mount bid next year to stay county executive

November 26, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced last week that he would be seeking election in 2020 to maintain his position as the head of the county, pointing out the work his administration has done since taking office to restore trust...

New Page appointments would mean a female-majority police board

Police board members Laurie Westfall, left, and Art Johnson during an emergency meeting of the board held Oct. 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 14, 2019

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has nominated two new members to the county police board, which if approved would form the first female-majority police board in county history. Page announced Thursday he is appointing Laurie Punch and Thomasina Hassler to the St. Louis County Board of Police Co...

After county lawyers refused to settle $20 million discrimination case, outside attorneys take over

Chief Jon Belmar, right, speaks at the memorial for Officer Blake Snyder held at Affton High School the night Snyder was killed, Oct. 6, 2016, with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, second from left, looking on. Photo by Bill Milligan.

November 13, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com After three years of St. Louis County lawyers arguing against a sergeant who said he was told to “tone down his gayness” or never be promoted in the St. Louis County Police Department, the county is hiring outside attorneys to appeal a ...

St. Louis County hires outside attorneys to appeal $20 million discrimination verdict

Chief Jon Belmar, right, speaks at the memorial for Officer Blake Snyder held at Affton High School the night Snyder was killed, Oct. 6, 2016, with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, second from left, looking on. Photo by Bill Milligan.

November 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County is hiring outside attorneys to appeal the $20 million discrimination verdict a jury awarded Oct. 25 to an Oakville police sergeant who said he was repeatedly passed over for promotions because he is gay. By handing down a...

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

November 7, 2019

Editorial  We welcome the news last week that county Assessor Jake Zimmerman is jumping into the Democratic primary race for county executive. So far, Zimmerman is the only candidate officially in the race, but County Executive Sam Page kicks off his campaign Nov. 21. Page has the advantage of cur...

Page backtracks on Belmar; appoints new police board members

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the days after a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department for discrimination, County Executive Sam Page appeared to call for the end of Chief Jon Belmar’s tenure and then backtracked to say the chief will lead eff...

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