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RENOVATING SCOTTRADE CENTER City and business leaders envision upgrades totaling $138 million, using municipal and state funds, to keep the facility competitive

In 1978, a bite mark was used to solve a murder BUT DID IT?

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BY PATRICK E. GAUEN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ROBERT COHEN • rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Beneath championship banners Tuesday, a Zamboni resurfaces the hockey ice at Scottrade Center in preparation for Thursday’s St. Louis Blues game against the Carolina Hurricanes. City leaders and team executives said Tuesday that taxpayers should help renovate the building.

WOOD RIVER • Lawyers for John N. Prante, behind bars for more than 34 years in the beating and strangulation of a young woman here, are pressing for a DNA analysis to test his unwavering claim of innocence. He was directly linked to the victim only by what was believed to be a bite mark on her skin, using a comparison now regarded as junk science. DNA testing was not available then. The case has been featured on national crime TV shows and in a book co-authored by the prosecutor. Lawyers Joshua Tepfer, of the Exoneration Project, at the University of Chicago, and Dana Delger, of the Innocence Project Inc. in New York City, said they have mailed a motion to the Madison County Circuit Court seeking a See SLAYING • Page A8

“he Scottrade Center is no longer competitive.”

“We have to take care of our building.”

“We must stay competitive.”

BLUES CHAIRMAN TOM STILLMAN

ST. LOUIS MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY

BOARD OF ALDERMEN PRESIDENT LEWIS REED

BY MIKE FAULK AND KORAN ADDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Under a proposal expected to be submitted to the Board of Aldermen this week, the city’s contribution would come from current sales taxes generated at Scottrade as well as a new 1 percent sales tax on Blues tickets. “The Scottrade Center is no longer competitive,” said Blues Chairman Tom Stillman, adding that NCAA and concert promoters have warned that they will stop coming to St. Louis without upgrades to

City schools appear likely to regain full accreditation BY KRISTEN TAKETA St. Louis Post-Dispatch

compete with facilities in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Tenn., and elsewhere. “We’re going to need the city to invest alongside the Blues ownership,” Stillman said. The city’s contributions would fund new seating throughout the stadium, a new scoreboard hung in the center of the stadium, sound system and lighting upgrades,

BY YLAN Q. MUI AND STEVEN OVERLY Washington Post

BY SEAN SULLIVAN AND MIKE DEBONIS Washington Post

President-elect Donald Trump took aim at the U.S. auto industry Tuesday as he continued an intervention into corporate America that aims to bolster job growth but is also vulnerable to exaggerations and oversimplifications. On Twitter on Tuesday morning, Trump singled out General Motors for assembling some of its Chevrolet Cruze models in Mexico and selling them in the United States,

House Republicans scrapped plans to weaken an independent ethics watchdog on the first day of the 115th Congress after a backlash from President-elect Donald Trump and others, as a new period of Republican-led governance started taking shape on a tumultuous note. In a complete reversal, the House GOP moved to withdraw proposed changes they approved the day before to oicial rules that

Missouri’s top education officials are recommending that the St. Louis city school district regain full accreditation next week. The Missouri Board of Education will convene Tuesday in Jeferson City to vote on the district’s accreditation. If the board approves an upgrade, St. Louis Public Schools will be the second district that the board has upgraded this school year based mainly on sustained improvement and stable leadership. In December, the State Board voted to provisionally re-accredit Riverview Gardens, which is a step below full accreditation. The provisionally accredited St. Louis Public Schools is among 10 of Missouri’s 517 districts that lack full accreditation, considered the state’s basic seal of approval. An upgrade would not affect the budget for St. Louis Public Schools as it did for Riverview Gardens, which will no longer lose money

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ST. LOUIS • City leaders and St. Louis Blues executives are seeking taxpayer help to pay for a $138 million renovation of Scottrade Center. The city would fund the initial $67.5 million in improvements in the proposal, which was rolled out in a Tuesday morning news conference.

Trump’s swipe at GM not so clear-cut

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TODAY

Seeking an assist

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TRUMP TWEETS

ON ETHICS

Does Congress “really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog ... their number one act.” ON AUTO INDUSTRY

GM should “make in the U.S.A. or pay big border tax!”

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State legislature by the numbers

Cheering each Rams loss is so 2016

Council member stalls mall plan

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Mizzou trudges into SEC opener

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AM LIGHT SNOW

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House GOP won’t gut ethics watchdog

From anger to apathy

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