Supporters of a failed effort to place initiatives on the November ballot in Missouri that would cap interest rates on payday loans and raise the minimum wage rallied in St. Louis today.
From priests to teenagers, around 100 people marched around a payday loan shop on Grand Ave.
Jamala Rogers is with Jobs for Justice and helped collect signatures for the ballot initiatives.
The nation’s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does not have a prescription drug monitoring program.
It’s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn’t passed legislation to create one.
National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it’s a good way to identify patients who are "doctor shopping."
Missouri exports are growing at a record-setting pace this year and trade with markets in Asia is up more than 24 percent this year alone.
Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, said low paying manufacturing jobs in Asia have created a consumer market for Missouri products.
Nowak said that, in turn, translates to jobs in St. Louis.
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