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The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has released a report that details drug-poisoning deaths in St. Louis County from 2010 through 2014. The report shows that the highest rate of heroin deaths is found among young men age 25 to 44 years, who have a heroin death rate more than twice the county average.
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I-270 Project Moves Forward, MoDOT
Finds More Assessment Study Funds
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has identified additional funds that will allow completion of the I-270 North Environmental Assessment Study. The study is the next step in the I-270 project, which seeks to resolve problems with congestion, safety and mobility, accessibility and aging infrastructure along I-270 in north St. Louis County.
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Friday, Feb. 26
Fish Fry all through Lent at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 410 St. Francois from 3-7. All profits go to support Veterans. Call 314- 831-6121.
Fish Fry at Florissant Elks Lodge 2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd, 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday until March 25. Serving cod, jack salmon, shrimp, homemade desserts. For information call 314-921-2316.
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The 9th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball is March 5
Last year’s Mayors’ Shamrock Ball sold out, but the organizers for the 2016 event expect the upcoming evening to be the best one yet. The 9th annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball is slated for Saturday, March 5, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Road.
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By Jim Wieners
Girls Basketball teams at Hazelwood Central and McCluer North High Schools are in a collision course to a Feb 16 contest that not only will wrap up the 2015-16 Suburban XII (12) Conference North Division play but the 5:30 game at Hazelwood Central could also decide the conference title at well.
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FERGUSON CITY COUNCIL VOTE TO CONDITIONALLY APPROVE AGREEMENT
FERGUSON, Mo – In a 6-0 vote, Ferguson City Council members voted in favor of a Bill that authorized an agreement, subject to certain conditions, between the City and the Department of Justice. Upon its passage, the Bill becomes an Ordinance and City officials are authorized to execute an amended settlement agreement with the Department of Justice.
Those seven conditions on acceptance are that (i) the agreement contain no mandate for the payment of additional salary to police department or other city employees; (ii) the agreement contain no mandate for staffing in the Ferguson Jail; (iii) deadlines set forth in the agreement are extended; and (iv) the terms of the agreement shall not apply to other governmental entities or agencies who, in the future, take over services or operations currently being provided by the City of Ferguson; (v) a provision for local preference in contracting with consultants, contractors and third parties providing services under the agreement shall be included; (vi) project goals for minority and women participation in consulting, oversight and third party services shall be included; and (vii) the monitoring fee caps in the Side Agreement are changed to $1 million over the first five years with no more than $250,000 in any single year.
The Department of Justice must accept the seven amendments in order for the settlement agreement to be valid. If the Department of Justice accepts the seven amendments, it is expected that the amended settlement agreement will be filed with the federal court in St. Louis for approval by the Federal Judge.
Following months of negotiation with representatives of the Department of Justice, the City of Ferguson received the proposed agreement from the Department on January 26. The City held three community meetings on Feb. 2, 6, and 9, seeking public input from the citizens of Ferguson concerning the agreement.
During the time period for public review and comment, concerns about cost and the comprehensive and far-reaching scale of the agreement were voiced. The conditions of approval address those concerns to some extent.
The historic vote avoids the time and cost of litigation and allows the City to continue its focus to ensure constitutional policing and court practices, and provides these benefits to the citizens of Ferguson.
The agreement is outlined in twenty initiatives and states that the provisions of this agreement are meant to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community, improve Ferguson’s ability to effectively prevent crime, enhance both officer and public safety, and increase public confidence in the Ferguson Police Department (FPD).
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