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St. Louis based artist Emby walks his dog past the stop sign on the corner of Theresa and Olive every day. Five months ago, he decided it could use some flair.

So he pulled a zip tie out of his pocket and fastened it to one of the perforated holes on the pole of the stop sign.

Today, it’s adorned with close to two thousand zip ties, all of different colors and lengths.

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Christine, a VA hospital employee who withheld her last name, has two questions for Acting Secretary for Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson:

“Would you please change our software for our scheduling and could you forecast how soon we would have more employees to take care of the veterans we love to serve?”

Gibson provided answers to those questions during his visit to St. Louis on Tuesday. He spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in the morning and met with employees at the VA St. Louis  Health Center in the afternoon.

President & Executive Director of Forest Park Forever Leslie Hoffarth and Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Gary Bess unveil the new signs.
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Forest Park will be getting a face lift over the next few months as the park adds new signs, improved water fountains and more bike racks. That’s according to an announcement made by Forest Park Forever on Tuesday.

The group also said the park will be heating three of its bathrooms to accommodate park goers year round. Paths and trails will be improved to make these bathrooms more accessible as well.

Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever, says the upgrades were prompted by complaints and recommendations made by visitors.

Romiyus Gause, right, plays troubled teenager Bobby, in St. Louis Now.
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The "Teens Make History" Players and are getting paid to act — but first they have to work through very serious issues and distill their findings into a play. Since 2007, this work-based program of the Missouri History Museum, brings together students to research, design and mount exhibits at the museum or to bring St. Louis history to life through their plays.

“It feels like I’m on Broadway,” said Romiyus Gause, who has been with the program for six years.

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For many, fireworks are a staple part of celebrating the Fourth of July. If watching the night sky light up is part of your holiday tradition, you’re in luck: the St. Louis area hosts several public events.

Tasmyn Front has been living in St. Louis for 12 years. She says that fireworks aren’t the only attraction to consider when deciding on a venue.

“There’s a lot of waiting before the show starts,” said Front. “Ultimately it's only 20 minutes so you want it to be worth the wait.”

Music, food and activities for the kids are standard at most venues.

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St. Louis residents got to meet the four companies vying to become the new provider of the city’s ten thousand parking meters at a town hall meeting Tuesday.

Debbie Johnson, Director of Communications for the Treasurer’s Office, says the main thing people want out of the new parking meters is more payment options.  

“They want credit card, debit card, the ability to use their phone and pay for their parking meter while they’re sitting in their car for example,” Johnson said.

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Bicyclists from around St. Louis gathered downtown Monday morning to discuss bike safety.

Their concerns were heightened in light of the death of Charles Richard Beard, the bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday night.  

“He did all the right things, it should have been enough,” said rally co-organizer Eliot Miller. Beard, an experienced bicyclist, was wearing a helmet along with reflectors when he was hit while riding along Cook Avenue in north St. Louis.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order on Wednesday, officially launching the development of a comprehensive state energy plan.

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(Updated 11:40 a.m., Thurs., June 19

More than 30,000 people gathered for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning, turning downtown St. Louis into a sea of pink balloons and tutus.

Over the past 16 years, Susan G. Komen St. Louis has raised $29 million for breast cancer research and treatment. But attendance at the annual race has been on the decline. There were 10,000 fewer participants at this year’s race compared to 2013.

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Local companies are buying more and more goods and services from minority vendors. That's according to the St. Louis Minority Business Council, a coalition of local corporations and minority-owned businesses.

The group launched the “Billion Dollar Impact” project back in 2011 with an initial goal of increasing spending by a billion dollars by July 2014. Over the past three years, companies in the St. Louis region have spent more than $1.4 billion on contracts with minority-owned businesses, exceeding expectations by over $400 million.

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Just in time for summer vacation, Girls Inc. of St. Louis unveiled its updated north St. Louis County facility today. The goal is expanding education opportunities for poor girls.

The organization, which serves girls ages 5 to 17, provides both summer and after-school classes in subjects ranging from art to economic literacy. The upgraded 44,000-square-foot facility in Northwoods can serve up to 400 girls.

Carole Basile, the dean of the college of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the programs provided help students stay sharp.