Did you tune in to our live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday? Well - if you did, thanks for joining us, and, even if you didn't catch it that evening, you can still experience some of the fun from that evening. We have an encore for you, if you'll excuse the play on musical words.
A suburban St. Louis event planner is seeking to enlist hotels in the fight against human trafficking of minors, particularly for sex.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nix Conference & Meeting Management has begun pressuring the 500 or so hotels it does business with to sign a code of conduct in the effort to protect children from trafficking.
Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May. Maj. Jon Korneliussen told the Sikeston Standard Democrat that daily patrols are checking the middle and upper crevasses created by the implosion that happened at the height of spring flooding.
Legislation has been filed in the Missouri House that would abolish the death penalty.
If the bill becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole. It’s sponsored by State Representative Penny Hubbard (D, St. Louis). She says she doesn’t believe that capital punishment is an effective deterrent.
The St. Louis Rams recently announced that some home games will be played in London over the next three years - but it seems the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission thinks the move is a violation of the lease they hold with the team.
The CVC sent out the following statement this afternoon (link to the Symphony announcement inserted by St. Louis Public Radio for context):
Specialty chemical company Eastman Chemical Co. is buying Solutia Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $3.38 billion to broaden its presence into emerging markets and expand its product offerings.
The companies value the deal, including debt, at about $4.7 billion.
Solutia shareholders will receive $22 in cash and 0.12 shares of Eastman stock for each share of Solutia that they own. Based on Thursday's closing prices, Solutia shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at $27.65 per Solutia share, a 42 percent premium to the company's closing price.
Opponents of new Missouri House districts are taking their legal challenge to a trial court after being turned down by the state Supreme Court.
A lawsuit challenging state House districts was filed Friday in Cole County. Its filing was expected after the state high court on Thursday declined a request to strike down the House map but permitted the case to be filed in a trial court.