Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.
Here are four recent alerts worth noting:
1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.
(Updated at 10:45 am Friday to reflect that Gateway Bank did open additional locations.)
Think about everything you spend money on in a month. There’s housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, a night out with friends here and there.
Now imagine paying for all of those things without using a debit card or check.
That would put you among the ranks of the unbanked. In 2012, the term applied to 10 percent of the population in the St. Louis metro area. Local groups want to get 20,000 of them a bank account by the middle of 2015.
With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.
I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.
Summer in the city. There’s nothing like it, and no shortage of things to see, do and experience in St. Louis. From parks to concerts and festivals, frozen custard to marionettes, farmers markets to museums, there’s an event (or 20) for everyone.
Author Amanda Doyle has written a second St. Louis guidebook. She said being an outsider affects her view of St. Louis.
“You can’t be born in a place and appreciate everything about it,” she said.
After enduring almost two hours of attacks from his rivals, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley had had enough.
“There is nobody on this platform that has more experience, and knowledge about St. Louis County,” Dooley told the audience at the close of Wednesday night’s candidate forum hosted by the area’s League of Women Voters.
Of his opponents, he added tersely, “They don’t even know what they don’t know. They haven’t got a clue.”
Dooley literally got the last word at the two-hour event, held at Florissant Valley Community College. About 200 people attended.