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Emma Baker

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The St. Clair County Transit District will extend a trail system by 3.5 miles to provide greater pedestrian and cycling access to MetroLink stations.
St. Clair County Transit District

The St. Clair County Transit District will extend a trail system to provide metro-east pedestrians and cyclists with greater access to MetroLink stations.

The 3.5-mile extension will weave through Dutch Hollow, a township in the county that was historically a mining area. The trail is set to open in 2019.

The mobile clinic will start in Washington and Franklin counties in December 2018.
St. Louis Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is partnering with Rural Parish Workers and Catholic Charities of St. Louis to open a mobile clinic so people who are uninsured can have access to free primary care services.

After two years of planning, the three organizations hope to have the clinic running in December.

Working with a team of volunteers, Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, is a primary care physican  who  Archbishop Robert Carlson asked to establish the clinic. And she will  will serve as the primary physician for the clinic. There will be one other primary care doctor and nine nurses.

Assistant Children's Librarian LaRita Wright uses the library's video studio to record a storytime session.
Patrick Wall

The University City Public Library is using grant money to offer free film production classes, hire a part-time coding instructor and purchase film equipment.

The $68,000 grant from the University City Commission on Access and Local Original Programming is aimed at funding technology and filmmaking classes at the library.

The St. Charles Veterans Tribute Park will have a playground, trail system, fishing ponds, picnic spots and a dog park.
Mary Enger

St. Charles County is opening a new park Saturday. The Veterans Tribute Park will have a playground, trail system, fishing ponds, picnic spots and a dog park.

“Unlike a lot of other parks, this park is going to be very accessible,” St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said. “To go to one of our other parks, it’s something you have to plan. This is the kind of park that people in the area can walk to or get in your car and drive five or ten minutes to get there.”

Coffee Cartel, Central West End, St. Louis, CWE
Rachel Heidenry

The Coffee Cartel will close Tuesday after 22 years in the Central West End.

After a 36 percent drop in sales over the past two years, owner Dennis Gorg said Monday it wasn’t feasible for the business to stay open.

“There are a lot of small businesses in St. Louis and what a proud community we have to have such great small businesses, but you gotta get out and support them,” Gorg said.

The International Institute in St. Louis helps immigrants to get settled, find housing and find jobs. Feb 2017
Marie Schwarz | St. Louis Public Radio

The International Institute of St. Louis has received a grant from the U.S. Justice Department to fund initiatives to address problems of labor and sex trafficking in the St. Louis region.

The grant will provide the institute with $250,000 annually for three years.

“The services available to victims includes everything from housing, supportive services, access to health care and general case management,” said Blake Hamilton, the International Institute’s vice president of programs.

Activists rally outside a McDonald's in St. John. Sept. 18, 2018.
Wayne Pratt | St. Louis Public Radio

Over 50 McDonald’s workers and advocates rallied outside of the McDonald’s at St. Charles Rock Road and Brown Road in St. John on Tuesday as a part of a one-day national strike to protest on-the-job sexual harassment at the restaurant chain.

The national strike was first proposed by women’s groups within Fight for $15, a workers’ rights advocacy organization. It was later approved after a nationwide vote by Fight for $15 members Sept. 11.