Economy & Innovation

Economy & Innovation
1:06 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Arch Grants: Attracting and Keeping Entrepreneurs In St. Louis

Dheeraj Patri, one of three co-founders of FoodEssentials. In the startup's downtown St. Louis office, employees get to ring a gong when a project is completed.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

(This story aired Tuesday on NPR’s Morning Edition.)

FoodEssentials has the typical startup vibe.

The company gathers and organizes food label data for retailers and brands, like which products are gluten free or are heart healthy.

But co-founder Dheeraj Patri says they still need to figure out just where to put a foosball table and bar.

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The Rundown
10:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Women In The News — Again

Jill Abramson delivering her commencement address at Wake Forest University on Monday, May 19.
Credit (Wake Forest University)

If there’s one thing I hate to do as a writer is repeat myself. I don’t like to say the same thing over and over again.

But sometimes, stories are so compelling and just don’t seem to die. So, I find that I have to retread familiar ground just a little bit.

This time, it’s women in corporate America.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

For those who have forgotten our high school French, that handy phrase translates to: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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Lyft
9:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Lt. Gov. Kinder Testifies On Behalf Of Lyft: 'It's a Car'

Credit Courtesy of Lyft

Missouri's Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, weighed in on a St. Louis matter Monday. He took the stand on behalf of Lyft in a court hearing over whether or not the ride sharing app should be considered a car or a taxicab. In his testimony, Kinder explained how he tried to book a Lyft car a few weeks ago, only to learn, to his dismay, that St. Louis's taxi commission was blocking the startup. 

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Economy & Innovation
4:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Steelworkers Rally Against Unfair Foreign Trade

Credit (Flickr/Paul Sable)

The price of steel pipes and tubes are at the center of a rally in Granite City Friday afternoon.

It's one of six rallies planned around the U.S. this spring. The goal is to bring attention to what steelworkers and steel companies say are unfair trade practices by companies in nine countries.

The products are Oil Country Tubular Goods, used in natural gas and oil exploration, an industry that has boomed in the U.S. in recent years.

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Minimum Wage Debate
6:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour

Fast-food workers protested outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis as part of an international strike pushing for higher wages.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers around the globe and in St. Louis went on strike Thursday. Workers, wearing black T-shirts that say "Show Me $15," rallied in front of a Wendy's in south St. Louis. The workers are asking for $15 an hour, about double what many workers currently receive. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Arch Grounds Improvement Project Update From CityArchRiver

Credit The CityArchRiver Foundation

Vice President Biden visited St. Louis earlier this week to view the improvement project underway on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. He said the project was a model of public-private partnership.

But how is the project coming along? CityArchRiver Communications Director Ryan McClure appeared on St. Louis on the Air today to give an update on the project’s progress.

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IDOT Studies Environmental Impact
4:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks speaks Thursday at a high-speed rail rally outside East St. Louis City Hall. Parks wants IDOT to build a high-speed rail station in his city.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Governmental and religious officials rallied Thursday for the Illinois Department of Transportation to build a high-speed rail stop in East St. Louis. 

IDOT working on a high-speed rail line connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Joliet and Alton, where a station is under construction. 

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Lyft
11:03 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Cab Or Car? It's Up To St. Louis Courts If Lyft Can Stay

Credit Courtesy of Lyft

Lyft, a ridesharing app that connects passengers to drivers, is in a legal battle for its existence in St. Louis.

The Metropolitian Taxicab Commission is asking a judge to issue an injunction to prevent Lyft from operating in the city. Lyft started its operations in late April. But after the commission won a temporary restraining order against Lyft, the company had to stop services.

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Lessons from a 'pop-up' marke
9:54 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Commentary: Market Highlights Possibilities Around MetroLink

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

What better way to show potential development in an area than to actually have that development “pop-up” for all to see. That was Citizens for Modern Transit’s idea when it launched the Metro Market at the finish line celebration of CMT’s Great Race on May 8 at the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne MetroLink Station.

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Human Trafficking
2:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Dooley Asks County Council To Boost The Effort To Fight Human Trafficking

Adam Kavanaugh of the St. Louis County Police Department talks with reporters about St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's supplemental budget request.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is pushing for more money to combat human trafficking. 

Dooley asked the St. Louis County Council Tuesday for $250,000 to establish a computer forensic laboratory and hire two forensic examiners. That equipment and additional personnel could help establish evidence that could prosecute sex traffickers. 

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