Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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UNIVERSITY CITY > Recount confirms six-vote victory * A recount has confirmed the election of Rod Jennings as a University City councilman, County Election Board officials said Thursday.

Jennings won the election over Bwayne Smotherson by six votes in the election April 8. Smotherson had requested the recount.

The Election Board said Thursday that the recount had upheld the original count: 587 for Jennings, and 581 for Smotherson. Three write-in votes were deemed invalid.

Jennings succeeds longtime Councilman Byron Price, who did not seek re-election. (Margaret Gillerman)

ST. LOUIS > Puppy found with bungee cord around neck gets new home * Wilson, the puppy whose head swelled enormously when a bungee cord was wrapped around his neck, has been adopted.

The Humane Society of Missouri posted on Twitter on Thursday: "His new owner followed his story from the beginning and she's excited to give this special pup a second chance in life."

The society found the 5-month-old black lab mix around Switzer Avenue and Riverview Boulevard. His head was huge from the cord wrapped tightly around his neck.

The investigation continues. The Humane Society asked anyone with information to call its Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. (From staff reports)

FESTUS > Neighbors protest requested zoning change * A request for a zoning change for a vacant lot on the south side of Brothers Street has caused an uproar in the neighborhood. Several residents came to the Festus City Council meeting Wednesday night to protest the potential change for fear of what it might bring.

Applicant Bob Golden is seeking to rezone the small, narrow tract along Highway A frontage from residential to business. Allowable uses in zoning Golden is requesting include used car lots and service stations.

Lots to the north already have been rezoned business and the future land use plan shows the parcel as commercial, Building Commissioner Matt Clemens said.

Nearby residents are concerned about increased traffic, noise and the possibility of another digital billboard lighting up the neighborhood. …

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