Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Krewson Woos Delta as Georgia Threatens to Pull Tax Credits

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Krewson Woos Delta as Georgia Threatens to Pull Tax Credits

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AIR BALL * Leave it to politicians to get down to what really matters.

A feud in Georgia stemming from a gun-control conflict spurred by the recent mass shooting at a school in Florida has led to bickering about tax credits and wooing new businesses.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson took to Twitter to post this pitch Tuesday night to Delta Air Lines: "Dear @Delta: Let's chat! We've got a nice runway just for you! You'll love the @GatewayArchNPS, the @Cardinals, our great biz climate, right in the center of the country."

The sunny salutation was in response to the Georgia Legislature's move on Monday to strip Delta of some $50 million in tax credits, which was in response to Delta cutting its ties to the National Rifle Association.

Since 17 people were killed Feb. 14 at a Parkland, Fla. high school, a number of companies have dropped promotion deals they had with the NRA.

The Republican-controlled Georgia senate voted to remove a $50 million jet-fuel tax exemption from a larger tax package already passed by the legislature, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. Krewson saw an opening.

GRIM TALE * Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim was hospitalized last week after undergoing surgery on Friday.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, staffers at the rescue said that "after a 5-hour surgery for a thoracic aortic aneurysm last Friday," Grim was resting in a hospital.

Grim, who started the rescue in 1998, was at the Rescue Ranch in O'Fallon, Ill., when he had the aneurysm. He was taken to a hospital by an employee.

A spokeswoman said that "it's business as usual; we're operating like we always do" during Grim's absence.

SCIENCE CLASS * Jerry Zhang, a senior at Marquette High in Chesterfield, earned the top prize in the honors division at the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair. Zhang's project involved experimental physics and a little something scientists like to call "quantum entanglements."

Neil Tomala, a junior at Parkway West High, finished in second place with his analytical modeling project. …

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