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Missouri Department of Revenue

Updated March 28 with the new October 2021 deadline

Missourians can now apply for updated licenses and other state identification cards, which will be required to board airplanes and enter federal buildings beginning Oct. 1, 2021. 

The Missouri Department of Revenue is offering the new IDs at all state license offices to comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005. The special licenses have a gold star on the top-right corner of the card. 

Jeremy Murray leads the Francis Howell Central High School esports team review, watching a video of a match they played against students from another high school.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

In a dark classroom at Francis Howell Central High School, students are gathered around a glowing projector screen displaying a video game. On it, avatars shoot machine guns, blasters and orbs at each other.

The students are watching a video of a match they played against students from another high school earlier in the week — “reviewing tape,” like high school football players do after a game.

Courtesy of the University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons at public universities. The House approved the measure on April 8.

HB 575 was initially meant to allow university faculty and staff to arm themselves as “campus protection officers.” But Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, added an amendment to require public universities to allow concealed carry on campus.

Gymnasts prepare for the P&G Championships at St. Louis' Chaifetz Arena in 2016
John Chen | USA Gymnastics

St. Louis will host the 2020 United States Olympic team trials for gymnastics.

The three-day event will be held at the Enterprise Center starting June 25. This will be the first time the city will host trials for both men’s and women’s gymnastics.

The trials will determine which athletes will represent the United States in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The U.S. Olympic gymnastics team will be announced at the event.

Carl Walker, the owner of Klippers Barber Salon in Jeffrey Plaza, relaxes and talks with his staff. He has already made plans to relocate.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

As the University City City Council decides whether to pass a proposal to redevelop a section of the St. Louis region’s “unofficial” Chinatown, business owners who would be displaced are deciding whether to begin relocating.  

The city council had planned to vote in January on Webster Groves-based Novus Development plans to redevelop the area at Olive Boulevard and Interstate 170 — often referred to as Olive Link.

But the proposal returned to negotiations in February after a University City resident found a roughly $24 million miscalculation in the development’s projected sales-tax revenue. The real estate developer’s plans include building a big-box store — rumored to be a Costco — luxury apartments and a senior living facility.

Mayor Lyda Krewson at St. Louis City Hall On April 17, 2019.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson presented a two-year report at City Hall Wednesday touting the city’s completed and ongoing development projects. She also highlighted the city’s efforts to tackle climate change.

The report says that $8 billion in projects have been recently completed or are underway. These include the Gateway Arch Park and Museum, the Soldiers Memorial and Ballpark Village.

Team Liquid won last year's North America League of Legends Championship Series in Miami.
Riot Games

A "League of Legends" tournament final this Saturday at the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University is expected to draw thousands of esports enthusiasts from around the country.

“Literally every single ticket in the house was gone in about 48 hours,” said Kelsie Woodward, the venue’s marketing director. “While we are expecting local fans and gamers, we are getting people from all over the world coming to this.”

The Kirkwood Call newsroom at Kirkwood High School.
Mitch Eden

The Missouri Senate is expected to consider a bill to prevent public university and high school administrators from censoring articles from student journalists.

State senators have failed to call up the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act for a vote every year since 2016. The Missouri House of Representatives endorsed the bill last month for the fourth time. A hearing has yet to be scheduled in the Senate.

St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO and President Tom Chulick presented findings from the "Bridging the Talent Gap" survey alongside local business and higher education leaders on March 14.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

Although St. Louis has an unemployment rate below the national average, area employers are struggling to find candidates who meet their needs, according to a survey by the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The chamber on Thursday announced findings from the “Bridging the Talent Gap” survey. Among 289 respondents, 94 percent said they are hiring for full-time positions. However, 75 percent of them said they were finding it difficult to recruit certain positions — mostly requiring highly skilled workers.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says commuters should expect delays along interstates 44, 70 and 270.

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Friday announced construction plans that could cause delays for many commuters in the region.

MODOT District Engineer Tom Blair said the construction will mostly impact traffic along the Interstate 44 corridor. An I-44 bridge near Shrewsbury, which MODOT found cracks in last year, will be closed through 2019. Contractors will also work on bridges between Kingshighway and 39th Street in St. Louis throughout the year.

A teen learns about circuitry while building a game controller at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Indianapolis.
Credit Best Buy

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis will be celebrating the grand opening of a new teen tech center on Thursday.  

The center — which will reside at the Herbert Hoover Club in north St. Louis — will have a music studio, 3D printers, virtual-reality headsets and more for teens to use.

The goal for the center is to inspire young St. Louisans to pursue careers in STEM fields, according to Dr. Flint Fowler, the president of the local Boys & Girls Club of America chapter.

The village of Valmeyer, located south of St. Louis, was devastated during the Great Flood of '93, as shown in this archival photo.
Dennis Knobloch

The likelihood of major flooding in Missouri and Illinois is especially high this spring.

The National Weather Service on Friday released its report forecasting flooding for eastern Missouri and areas in southern Illinois. Its author, hydrologist Mark Fuchs, said parts of the Mississippi River are facing a 50 percent probability of hazardous flooding.

Ashley Cooper and Kehinde Wiley. Wiley's portrait of Cooper makes visual reference to Daniel Martensz Mytens the Elder's painting "Charles I."  10/29/18
St. Louis Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum announced on Wednesday that it has purchased a painting from the artist Kehinde Wiley.

The painting was among 11 portraits by Wiley featured in an exhibit that ended earlier this month at the museum. All of the subjects were African-Americans from the St. Louis region in poses adapted from historic paintings.

A worker installing a solar panel.
Ameren Missouri

Although Jasper Swindle was working in a coal mine by Wyoming’s border to Montana three years ago, the Missouri native said he was curious about what it would be like to work “on the other side, for once.”

He was particularly interested in installing solar panels.

“Even when I was a coal miner, I always thought it was cool how you can harness the power of the sun,” he said.

On Wednesday night, around 13 members of "Saint Louis Metro Airbnb Hosts" gathered at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. Bryan Young (pictured center) is an advocate designated to work with policymakers. February 6, 2019
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

Although St. Louis Airbnb hosts brought in more revenue and more guests than anywhere else in the state last year, some are worried a proposed city bill could hurt business.

A group called the Saint Louis Metro Airbnb Hosts has formed to oppose new regulations introduced in the Board of Aldermen in December.

Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis will no longer have green bikes lining its sidewalks.

Bike-share company Lime decided to replace its bike fleet with electric scooters. The scooters have proven to be more popular among residents, a Lime spokesperson said.

Jim McKelvey speaking with MBA students during an entrepreneurship summit in 2013.
Washington University in St. Louis

Jim McKelvey earned degrees in computer science and economics from Washington University in the late ‘80s, but he said the engineering skills he learned at Wash U have proven more crucial to his career as an entrepreneur.

“It wasn’t my choice in high school to study engineering, but it’s literally changed my life,” the Square co-founder said, “and I want that opportunity to be available to as many people as possible.”