Mayor: Acts 'Honestly Sickening'
11:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rosebud Residents Denounce Racist Displays Targeting NAACP March

Rosebud bills its downtown as a "magnificent mile" full of antique shops, restaurants and other stores.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

The city of Rosebud, a small town about 70 miles southwest from St. Louis, is trying to reclaim its image after NAACP protesters were met there with aracially charged counter-protest.

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Aging population
11:07 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

After Outcry And Anger, Oakville Senior Living Opens To Capacity

Geneva Moran moved into National Church Residences Telegraph Road this summer. She said she's had a great experience, even though the facility was often mired in controversy.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday afternoon, residents of a newly-minted senior living facility in south St. Louis County were ready for a party.

After officially opening in June, officials with the South County Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on National Church Residences Telegraph Road.  Inside a room with shiny wooden floors and hip artwork and decor, the $5.2 million building was officially welcomed into the unincorporated St. Louis County township of Oakville.

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11:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On Chess: Sam Shankland Says Hello To The Fun Of Chess

The patented death stare of American Grandmaster Sam Shankland is being felt on the international stage.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

If you haven’t before, today is a great day to say hello to Sam Shankland – especially when you know just how close he almost came to saying goodbye.

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Foreign Investment
10:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Immigration Executive Action Could Help St. Louis Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs


President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration could impact foreign-born entrepreneurs looking to invest in St. Louis.

At a panel discussion Wednesday, legal experts addressed the potential benefits of the executive order and current visa options for foreign investors. The event was part of the Advance St. Louis Seminar Series, a collaboration between the Center for Emerging Technologies and the Polsinelli law firm.

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Continued Expansion
5:18 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

St. Louis Art Museum Builds $5 Million Sculpture Garden

St. Louis Art Museum East Building
Credit Jacob Sharp/Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems

St. Louis Art Museum board member Barbara Taylor and her husband Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., recently donated $5 million dollars for a new sculpture garden at the museum. Carl Ham, head of development for the museum, praised the Taylors for their foresight and said the gift would fund both construction and an endowment for maintenance.

“It’s the rare exception and real benefit to organizations when people like the Taylors make a gift that makes possible both,” Ham said.

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5:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

New Ferguson Business Fund To Be Announced

Volunteers help board up a business along South Florissant Road on Nov. 25, the day after the grand jury announcement.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

A private relief fund for businesses affected by the looting and violence in Ferguson will be announced Thursday.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will be in Ferguson Thursday morning for the announcement of #FergusonRebuild. The initiative is in partnership with the Regional Business Council and North County Incorporated.

The non-governmental grants will help businesses in Ferguson, Dellwood and Jennings.

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Illinois Politics
3:35 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Remembering Judy Baar Topinka, A Friend And Public Servant

Judy Baar Topinka
Credit Illinois Comptroller website

Two things were unique about Judy Baar Topinka: her hair color and everything else.

Both endeared her to nearly everyone she met. For many years, Judy sported a burnt orange to mahogany hair color that was as much a part of her personality as anything else. She cared deeply for the people of Illinois – all of them. Every single person she met over the course of her political career mattered to Judy, and in most cases they knew it and loved her all the more for it.

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Ferguson fallout
2:34 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Bar Owners Sue After Police Command Center Closed Their Business

Missouri National Guard posted at the Unified Police Command on Aug. 18, 2014. Swiish Bar and Grill was closed Aug. 10-27 while the command center was set up in its parking lot.
Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

The owners of Swiish Bar and Grill in Jennings didn’t suffer broken glass or looting during the unrest following Michael Brown’s death, but they still took a big loss.

That’s because state and local law enforcement ordered the business closed so that the police command center could be staged just outside the bar. Swiish Bar and Grill at 8021 West Florissant Ave., is just down the street from where protests were taking place in Ferguson. It remained closed for 17 days.

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2:31 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill Split Sharply Over CIA Torture Report

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Missouri’s U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – hold starkly different views on the release of the congressional report into the CIA’s actions in the detention and torture of some prisoners in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Economy & Innovation
1:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Crews Make Progress On Rehab Of Landmark Eads Bridge

The Eads Bridge reaches over the Mississippi River to connect St. Louis and East St. Louis
Credit Metro Transit

The massive rehabilitation of the landmark Eads Bridge should be complete by early 2016. Officials say they are at the half-way point and the $40 million project remains on budget.

Crews have been blasting away at 140 years of paint and corrosion on the span over the Mississippi River linking St. Louis and East St. Louis.

"So much of it that I will tell you it looks brand new," said John Nations, president of the Bi-State Development Agency, which operates Metro Transit and is overseeing bridge maintenance.

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