St. Louis – A city development agency has authorized the sale of more than $36 million in bonds to help rehab the Kiel Opera House.
The bonds are the first part of the $70 million needed to reopen Kiel as a performing arts venue. The property's owner and developer hoped to have it open by this Christmas, but the economic collapse made financing nearly impossible to get. Aldermen approved the redevelopment plan about a year ago.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard will lend a hand in the response to the oil rupture off the coast of Louisiana.
Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the Guard to send at least one Black Hawk helicopter and 10 to 15 aircraft maintenance personnel to Louisiana to assist those trying to stem the flow of oil from a well that ruptured in an explosion just over a month ago. That explosion killed 11 oil workers, and thousands of gallons of oil have been released into the Gulf of Mexico since.
St. Louis – Agriculture and biotech companies from around the world are in St. Louis for a venture-capital showcase. It's part of a larger effort to develop St. Louis as a hot spot for biotech.
Sam Fiorello is the Director of Bridge Park, a biotech research campus associated with the Danforth Plant Science Center. He says the two big trump cards St. Louis has in plant science are industry giant Monsanto and the Danforth Center, one of the top plant research institutions in the world.