Economy & Innovation

Sports business
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Can St. Louis Score A Major League Soccer Team?

The St. Louligans, a soccer fan group, formed in 2010 to support AC St. Louis. The group continued to support amateur teams after the demise of the professional AC team.
(courtesy St. Louligans)

It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday and soccer fans fill the Amsterdam Tavern in south city, a bar known for opening before most people wake up on the weekend.

On this day three English Premier League matches are showing on mounted TVs, but the big attraction is Arsenal vs. Fulham. Nearly everyone has a beer in hand.

When Arsenal scores the bar erupts in cheers.

"Arsenal is pretty popular in this area," explains Mitch Morice, co-founder of the soccer supporter group the St. Louligans.

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5:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Monsanto Shareholders' Meeting: Protests Outside, No To Anti-GMO Resolutions Inside

About 30 protesters stood outside Monsanto's headquarters during the annual shareholders' meeting.
Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

Ten protesters were arrested outside Monsanto’s headquarters during its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday. The arrests happened shortly after the shareholders failed to pass two resolutions that would have changed Monsanto's policies on its Genetically Modified Organism products.

Adam Eidinger, one of the protesters, is also a Monsanto shareholder.

He proposed one of the resolutions. It asked that Monsanto work with the Federal Drug Administration to label genetically modified food.

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4:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Monsanto Meeting To Draw Protests Over GMOs

Outside Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Monsanto is no stranger to battling the controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs.  Some of that controversy will come to Monsanto’s doorstep Tuesday afternoon during the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Several groups have promised to protest outside the meeting, where two resolutions dealing with GMOs are likely to be introduced.

One resolution asks that the company work with the federal government to develop GMO labeling on food.

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Life after the recession
8:17 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Former Go! Network Leader Is Now Walking The Walk Through Her Own Career Transition

Roni Chambers
Credit Provided by Roni Chambers

Roni Chambers, who led the now-shuttered GO! Network, is practicing what she used to preach to white-collar professionals who turned to her nonprofit for help after they lost their jobs during the Great Recession.

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Who Is Poor?
8:12 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Could Do Better In Fighting Poverty

Credit Maria Vladimirova

This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

This central pillar of Johnson’s Great Society was designed to finally defeat the age­old scourge of poverty and destitution in the United States. Major programs that were part of the War on Poverty include Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start and Food Stamps.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Group Seeking To Revitalize MLK Drive Looks To Hydroponics For Economic Push

Proposed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park aerial view illustration, to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Lauer Architecture

If all goes according to plan, a hydroponics factory could soon be located on Martin Luther King Drive. It’s the newest effort by St. Louis nonprofit Beloved Streets of America to revitalize the street.

At first the factory would be located at 5901 MLK, in the back of Beloved Streets headquarters.

“It’s a big building that can be used for multiple purposes,” Beloved Streets president Melvin White said.

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Identity theft
12:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Illinois A.G. Leads Multi-State Investigation Into Target Breach

Credit 401(K) 2013

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers to monitor more than just their credit card statements in the wake of big data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus stores.

Madigan, along with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, is leading a multi-state investigation into the Target breach.

Target revealed in early January that names, addresses, and phone numbers were among the information stolen, increasing the risk of identity theft.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Update: Can St. Louis Capitalize On Bitcoin?

Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures (left) and Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media complete a Bitcoin transaction on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Rachel Gibbens

Last month we spoke with two St. Louis businessmen who completed a Bitcoin transaction worth $3,000; Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media and Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures. Crowe is a proponent of the digital currency, and wants to see St. Louis emerge as a forerunner in the field.

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4:58 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Ameren To Build Solar Energy Center

Artist's rendering of Ameren's planned solar energy center in O'Fallon.
(Courtesy of Ameren Missouri)

Ameren is planning to add solar power to its energy portfolio.

The utility announced Monday it will begin construction of a solar energy center in O’Fallon, Mo., this spring. Ameren says the 20-acre site will be the largest investor-owned solar plant in the state.

Officials estimate it will produce 5.7 megawatts, or enough to power 650 homes a year.

CEO and President Warner Baxter acknowledges that’s just a tiny slice of the power generated by Ameren, which serves 1.2 million customers.

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Economy & Innovation
4:10 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Why Boeing Contract Has Implications For The Middle Class

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 9:21 am



Workers at Boeing were in a difficult spot last week. Their employer offered a new contract cutting back retirement and health benefits. It came with what looked like a threat. The company said it might have to move important operations out of Washington State and hire new workers. Union members approved the contract, barely, and Boeing is staying put.

Journalist Hedricks Smith written about the decline of the middle-class. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, he says Boeing just contributed to that.

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