Word has come this morning of the death of Anna May Slay, the mother of St. Louis mayor Francis G. Slay.
The mayor's press secretary Kara Bowlin released the information to the media and said that Slay's death "follows a long illness and was not unexpected."
Bowlin also said that the mayor and other family members were with Slay when she died, and that she was "a sweet, quiet woman with a core of steel" and "a staff favorite."
Arrangements for Slay are pending and we will update this post with more information as we know it.
A preliminary review of the St. Louis corrections department finds "numerous weaknesses" in the management, physical structure and operations of the two jails the department oversees.
Six inmates have escaped from the facilities in the last 15 months. Three of the four escapes took place within five months of each other.
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