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St. Louis Life
3:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Midtown Apartments Devastated By Five-Alarm Fire Reopen

The newly rebuilt and reopened 3949 Lindell apartments.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

A  Midtown apartment building that was heavily damaged by a massive fire in July 2012 has re-opened.The fire at 3949 Lindell displaced several hundred people. There were no human fatalities, though several pets were killed. 

The cause of the fire was never determined, though officials do not believe it was suspicious.  City fire chief Dennis Jenkerson says the new building goes above and beyond fire code.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Mo. Auditor Has Good News For Rockwood Schools, $1.2 Million Still In Question

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich updates members of the Rockwood School District in Eureka on Aug. 7, 2013, on efforts to improve the "Fair" rating the district received this year. Schweich was pleased and said all of his suggested reforms are either in progress or already implemented.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Following a critical state audit of the Rockwood School District back in February, Missouri Auditor Tim Schweich said Wednesday that the district has made tremendous progress.  His previous audit found the district overpaid a construction company $1.2 million, which is one of   the few issues still unresolved. Schweich recommended a variety of reforms for Rockwood, from fuel usage and inventory policies to program management services. 

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Veterans
4:16 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis

Colonel Mark London and Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Stringfield of the Georgia National Guard chat with veterans during a Hiring our Heroes event in 2012.
Credit (via Flickr/Georgia National Guard)

New jobs await veterans and their spouses Tuesday. Over one hundred employers will meet with veterans and their spouses during a job fair at America’s Center

in downtown St. Louis.

The fair is a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s small business conference for veterans, which lasts until Thursday.

The Hiring Our Heroes fair begins with an 8 a.m. workshop for mentoring, interview skills, resume help, and job search techniques.

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Arch Redevelopment
3:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arch Grounds Redevelopment Begins With Official Groundbreaking

Dignitaries break ground Aug. 2 on the ‘Park over the Highway’ project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revamp the Arch grounds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

National and state leaders broke ground Friday on the first phase of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds.

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx—were present at the ceremony. The first project is a park to be built over Interstate 70 to improve accessibility between downtown and the Arch grounds. Senator Claire McCaskill praised local officials for getting to this point.

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Economy
3:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Jury Still Out On Missouri Sales Tax Holidays - Are You Shopping This Weekend?

Credit (via Flickr/andrewarchy)

Ready, set, shop. 

A new school year is approaching, and shoppers will head to stores this weekend for a tax-free holiday on school supplies, electronics and some clothing. 

John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, says shoppers can save up to 8 or 9 percent if local governments also participate in the tax breaks.

UMSL associate professor of economics Lea Kosnik said such sales make people excited to run to the stores and spend money they may not normally spend.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

St. Charles Residents To Choose From Fifth Street Gateway Project Options

Credit (via Flickr/kla4067)

Pedestrians using Fifth Street in St. Charles may see more accessible streets in their future.

Three different proposals of the Fifth Street Gateway Project will be presented at an open house Wednesday evening at St. John United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. 

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Science
3:53 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Black Bears Are Back In Missouri, But Where Are They Coming From?

Credit (via Flickr/solviturambulando)

Black bears can now be found in southern Missouri, thanks to a reintroduction program more than fifty years ago.

The University of Missouri has worked in conjunction with other researchers to trace the origins of the bears.

Researchers used genetic footprints and hair samples to identify which bears came from reintroduced groups in Arkansas, and which were indigenous. 

Washington University researcher Kaitlyn Faries did research on the bears at MU during initial studies in 2007.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Governor Quinn Visits Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn visits the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis July 15, 2013. The bridge is scheduled to open March 2014.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis.

Quinn said the bridge will reduce congestion and pollution and praised the jobs the project has created. He also hopes the project nurtures a positive relationship between Missouri and Illinois.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Fri July 12, 2013

St. Louis-Based American Mustache Institute Relocates To Pittsburgh, Hopes The City Grows On Them

Credit (via flickr/anaxolotl)

Handlebar. Lampshade. Walrus.

More than a list of random items, these are just a few of the mustache options for members of the American Mustache Institute, which you may not know is based in St. Louis.

This will all change soon, however, as the AMI relocates from under the shadow of the “world’s largest mustache” -- the Gateway Arch-- to Pittsburgh, in its first leadership change since 1989.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Credit via Flickr/BluEyedA73

Twenty five same-sex couples want to see a quick verdict in their lawsuits regarding the Illinois gay marriage ban.

Attorneys representing the couples suing over the ban asked a judge Wednesday to rule through summary judgment. 

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion Wednesday for a judge to rule quickly in the couples’ favor.

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