The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money - an $80 million project by nearby Washington University.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the plan calls for development of stores in a four- to six-story building, along with apartments for about 550 students. Design work will begin soon and construction could start as early as next January.
The housing units could be occupied starting in August 2014.
State officials: Mo. tightening Medicaid eligibility criteria
Low-income seniors and the disabled can qualify for Medicaid, even if their income is higher than the program's limits. They can do so by making a monthly payment to the state or by spending their excess income on medical bills.
Warmer weather, a sunnier economy, and higher gas prices are driving more riders to public transportation in St. Louis. Overall Metro ridership was up 8 percent in the last half of 2011 compared to the previous year.
Dianne Williams is Metro's director of communications.
"Twenty-three million times someone stepped on a metro bus, a metro train, or a metro caller ride. That's up about 2 million boardings from the same period last year," Williams said.
The dispute over the best way to reduce the cost of firefighter pensions in the city of St. Louis continued on Friday, with Lewis Reed, the president of the Board of Aldermen, laying out his plan.
Reed, whose Twitter feed tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city's required contribution into the Fireman's Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at a City Hall news conference Friday.
The former mayor of Alorton has pleaded guilty to stealing $1,000 from the southwestern Illinois village and attempting to deal crack cocaine.
Randy McCallum pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. The 46-year-old went free on bond. He resigned as mayor on Feb. 13. Federal prosecutors say McCallum's sentence will depend on how much cooperation he provides to law enforcement.