Economy & Innovation

Metro
1:41 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Metro's Big Buses Roll Onto Busy Grand Route On Monday

Metro's 60-foot buses will make their debut on Monday.
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Jordan Wilson saw the No. 70 Grand Line’s capacity issues firsthand.

The north St. Louis County resident is a regular rider on Metro’s buses. When he rode the Grand Boulevard line, it was filled to the brim.

“I can see that it’s already packed, and the need is already there,” Wilson said.

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Food festival
10:43 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Horseradish Roots Run Deep In The Metro East

Farmer Jeff Heepke stands in a horseradish field near Roxana, Ill. His great-grandfather brought roots from Germany.
(Mary Delach Leonard, St. Louis Public Radio)

There's a pretty good chance that the jar of horseradish you have in the refrigerator has its origins in farms located just across the river from St. Louis.

St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois produce the lion's share of horseradish in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just 16 growers in Illinois harvest horseradish from 1,779 acres, accounting for about 60 percent of the nation's horseradish. Nationally, only about 3,100 acres are in horseradish production.

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Consumer Protection
5:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Koster Reaches Accord With Walgreens Over Mismarked Prices

Attorney General Chris Koster says the state's agreement with Walgreens will make sure the company stops overcharging consumers.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Attorney General Chris Koster reached an agreement with Walgreens regarding overcharging consumers. 

Koster sued the pharmacy giant last year, contending that stores around the state were charging more than the prices displayed on shelves. His office’s lawsuit stated that the company was violating the state’s consumer-protection laws by “engaging in false, misleading and deceptive advertising and pricing schemes.”

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Transportation Tax
4:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Road Construction Tops Ring Counties' Wish Lists

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Three St. Louis area counties would focus on road and highway construction if a 0.75 percent transportation sales tax increase passes later this summer. 

This week, four area counties plus St. Louis turned in their preliminary lists of projects that could be funded over a 10-year period with the transportation tax. They're working with East-West Gateway to formulate a list of projects to send to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

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Transportation Tax
4:34 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Area Counties Ready Project Wish Lists; Nixon Opposes Tax Increase

St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis revealed their wish list for transportation projects Monday that would be funded by a potential .75 percent sales tax.
Credit /Via Flickr/ KOMU news, Manu Bhandari

The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County have plans for nearly $1.1 billion worth of transportation projects if a statewide sales tax increase passes this August. 

St. Louis and St. Louis County officials revealed their wish list of projects that would be funded with the .75 percent sales tax increase.  If the transportation tax passes in August, St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties and  the city of St. Louis, are expected receive about $1.49 billion over a 10-year period from the state’s transportation commission.

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Youth
1:46 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Young Entrepreneurs Plant Sweet Potatoes in Missouri Botanical Garden

Participants and supporters of the Sweet Potato Project plant seedlings at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Sweet potatoes planted by St. Louis teens now have their own plot in the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Young members of an effort called the Sweet Potato Project planted seedlings on Saturday, joined by Garden leaders and other supporters. The project teaches teens from north St. Louis how to grow sweet potatoes sustainably, mainly in vacant lots, and then how to brand and sell sweet potato products.

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Economy & Innovation
10:20 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Monsanto Data Farming Unit Suffers Security Breach

Credit (Flickr)

Monsanto Corporation has reported a security breach in its Precision Planting unit, putting some farmers’ credit card and tax information at risk.

The world’s largest seed company sent a letter to the attorney general of Maryland, according a report by Bloomberg News. Monsanto said personal information of 14 residents may have been accessed.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Discussion: The Broader Implications Of Changes In Normandy Schools

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The Normandy School District is undergoing a series of changes that have broad implications for education throughout the St. Louis region.

Thursday on St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh led a wide-ranging discussion about what those changes mean for the future of education in St. Louis. The conversation began with St. Louis Public Radio education reporters Dale Singer and Tim Lloyd.

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Economy & Innovation
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

New Agreement Between St. Louis County And Sewer District Promises More Business

The agreement between MSD and St. Louis County could result in construction projects — such as the new building for the Reinsurance Group of America in Chesterfield — moving forward more quickly.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

It's being billed as another way to spur economic development in the region.

St. Louis County and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District announced Wednesday a new agreement to share software that will track and manage construction permits.

Officials from the two entities said having one system for permitting will be more cost-effective for both governmental agencies. It will also speed up the process for those seeking permits.

Speed is important when businesses are choosing between cities, said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

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Strategic Planning
10:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Economic Development Partnership Charts Priorities For St. Louis And St. Louis County

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks during the unveiling of the St. Louis Development Partnership's strategic plan.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership unveiled its first strategic plan for St. Louis and St. Louis County. 

The 33-page document list the priorities for the agency, which was established last year, when portions of the city and the county economic development agencies merged. 

Among the goals outlined in the strategic plan are:

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