Economy & Innovation

Energy
2:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NAACP Report Calls For Bolstered Renewable Energy Production

Credit (Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association)

(Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday)

A report from the NAACP says Missouri should increase production of renewable power and require utilities to offer energy efficiency programs. 

Accomplishing those goals, the report says, could provide better health, cheaper utility bills and more manufacturing jobs in the state’s urban core.

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Economy & Innovation
4:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Laclede Extends “Cold Weather Rule”

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Laclede Gas announced Wednesday that it will honor Missouri’s Cold Weather Rule for an extra month.

State law prohibits utility companies from turning off customer’s service if the temperature dips below 32 degrees within a 24-hour period.

Ordinarily, the rule is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31.

This winter has been so cold, however, that Laclede decided to extend the rule through April.

"We know our customers have been struggling this winter because it’s been so bitterly cold," spokeswoman Jenny Gobble said.

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The Rundown
10:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Cost Of Living And Public Assistance

Metro is considering rate hikes for one-way MetroLink rides, as well as fare hikes on monthly passes.
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Every week, I turn to my reporters and ask what they’ve been reading that’s related to their beats, but they just haven’t been able to get around on reporting themselves. I then turn around and share some of those articles with you and I usually attempt to find some thematic tie.

Usually, the thematic tie is arbitrary and, some would say, fanciful. Other times, the reporters hand me a bunch of articles and I think, “Did they talk with each other to plan this?” This week was one of those weeks.

The primary theme revolved around income and the public assistance. Sort of.

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Energy
4:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

'Take Back St. Louis' Initiative Heads Back To The Courtroom

Supporters of the "Take Back St. Louis" initiative deliver their petitions to the St. Louis election authority on July 31, 2013. A judge on Feb. 11, 2014 halted the April election on the charter change.
Credit (Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio)

When St. Louis Judge Robert Dierker issued a preliminary injunction against the Take Back St. Louis initiative, it knocked the measure off of the city of St. Louis’ April municipal elections ballot.

But that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Both sides are heading back to court on Monday to potentially decide the future of the ballot initiative.

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Economy & Innovation
1:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion

Missouri businesses are pushing for expanding Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
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Missouri’s business community is getting more vocal in pushing the state’s legislators to expand Medicaid.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber held a panel Friday with business leaders who expressed frustration that the state is not capturing federal dollars to provide Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents.

This year, the state will pass up $2 billion dollars in federal funds.

After the panel discussion, St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan said that Jefferson City needs to get the message.

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Bioscience
3:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bioscience Boost: BioSTL Gets $2.5 Million Grant

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Monsanto is giving a $2.5 million grant to BioSTL, the non-profit organization that advocates for bioscience in St. Louis.

The announcement came Thursday during InvestMidwest, the venture capital conference that’s showcasing more than 40 innovative companies.

BioSTL’s mission includes growing the St. Louis area's economy through the bioscience industry.

President and CEO Donn Rubin said the grant will help the non-profit continue its work.

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MetroLink
8:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Study Examines Possibility Of A Midtown MetroLink Station

Chris Beard of Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates talks about a study looking at the cost and viability of a Midtown MetroLink station.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday)

A pro-transit organization released a study today that could lead to a new MetroLink station in St. Louis’ central corridor. 

A study by Citizens for Modern Transit examined the costs and viability of building a MetroLink station between Sarah and Boyle in Midtown. The station would be located close to CORTEX, a fast-growing bioscience and technology hub. And it would also be close to where furniture retailer Ikea is expected to set up shop in 2015.

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Population census
1:31 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path

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The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.

Saint Louis University sociology professor Onésimo Sandoval studies demography and said the numbers didn't surprise him. The structure of cities across the U.S. is changing, Sandoval said.

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Mosic Project
8:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: Immigrants Will Help Rebuild St. Louis

Credit (via Department of Homeland Security website)

St. Louis has long benefited from immigrants. At the turn of the 20th century, St. Louis had almost 600,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest city in the nation behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. And of those people, almost 20 percent were foreign-born and more than 40 percent had foreign-born parents.

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Fostering Entrepreneurship
1:04 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New Opportunities: Apprentice Program Enstitute Looks To St. Louis

Coming soon to St. Louis: Enstitute provides a chance for young people to apprentice in start-up companies.
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A New York-based apprentice program aimed at giving young adults experience within innovative companies is expanding to St. Louis.

Enstitute was founded in New York City by Kane Sarhan and Shaila Ittycheria in 2012. The goal was to help connect students who weren’t ready or interested in a traditional path to college get on-the-job experience with start-up companies and entrepreneurs. A second location was opened in Washington, D.C., in January.

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