A lawsuit filed Friday aims to open closed-door meetings and obtain documents held by a city working group considering leasing St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The plaintiffs allege members of the Airport Advisory Working Group knowingly violated the Missouri Sunshine Act in eight instances.
As companies vie for a potential lease on St. Louis Lambert International Airport, a big focus is on the land around it — and how it could be developed. But a private operator would also take on the risk involving the current state of the land. Consultants presented parts of an environmental report Thursday on the condition of that land to the Airport Advisory Working Group considering airport privatization.
Local companies see business opportunities as medical cannabis sales begin in Missouri in 2020. They’re not the companies that have applied for one of the initial licenses from the state but those that may offer services to those eventual license holders. “A lot of people focus too much on the dispensaries, cultivators and manufacturers, when there are so many other opportunities out there as well,” said Alexander Ivy, vice president and director of accounts for Peacemaker Defense Group .
COLLINSVILLE — A Collinsville medical marijuana dispensary is one of the first in the state to receive a permit allowing recreational marijuana sales alongside its medical cannabis products. The state announced Tuesday that HCI Alternatives at 1014 Eastport Plaza Drive was awarded a “same-site” adult-use cannabis license.
ST. CHARLES — About a mile from the Schnucks across from Lindenwood University sits a less visible grocery store that caters to Latino customers. It’s about the size of a supermarket’s produce section. La Guadalupana’s narrow aisles are lined with crowded shelves holding food with Spanish labels: salsa verde, semita larga, chile morita and more. The store also sells food seen in other grocery stores, like oatmeal and ramen noodles. Owner Horacio Esparza says he thinks the family environment attracts customers more than his products do. He strives to welcome everyone with a chipper, “Hola, ¿Cómo estás?” and greets familiar customers by name.
This story was updated at 1 p.m. with comments from local leaders Local and state leaders on Tuesday heralded construction of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new western headquarters as the linchpin for a neighborhood turnaround in north St. Louis. The $1.75 billion campus — dubbed Next NGA West — will go up on the corner of Jefferson and Cass avenues in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. The NGA is a federal agency under the Department of Defense that gathers geospatial intelligence.
University of Missouri-St. Louis researchers connected with students in the Ruhr area of Germany to get a sense of how gentrification manifests in post-industrial cities like St. Louis. They submitted their final presentation, “Clean Walls = Higher Rents?! Gentrification Debates in Legacy Cities” to the intercultural student project, “Future of My City,” and they recently won first place in the initiative's competition. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air , UMSL graduate student Adam Brown and doctoral student Liz Deichmann talked about the findings of their study, including the ways Dortmund, Germany, has implemented practices that mitigate the issues of gentrification, like the displacement of low-income residents by the more affluent.
Nov. 24 marks five years since the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer responsible for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Ferguson received a lot of attention during and after the unrest, but the town of Dellwood also experienced upheaval. After the grand jury decision, five of Dellwood’s stores were looted and 13 businesses were set on fire. “It was a very traumatic event emotionally to our community, but I’m just glad we have rebounded from that,” said Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air .
Missouri ranks second nationally for completed apprenticeships. Officials say it’s a sign that efforts to improve apprenticeships in the state are paying off.
Developers of the old Crestwood mall site insist work is being done behind the scenes to redevelop the nearly 50-acre property along Watson Road. But right now, it is still a huge patch of dirt and weeds in the center of the south St. Louis County municipality. The mall has been closed since 2013 and was demolished in 2016.
Experts in making beer, wine and other adult drinks will discuss their craft this month in St. Louis. The Venture Cafe is putting on “The Art of Alcohol” to “explore the science, logistics, innovation, and business models behind alcohol.” One of the sessions will focus on beer.
After counting out the last in a series of chest compressions, Harry Painter Jr. sets up a nebulizer and begins piping oxygen into his patient’s lungs. “Mr. Jones, you scared us there. How are you feeling?” he asks. The lifelike mannequin blinks back. Everything around Painter looks exactly as it would in a hospital, but this is a simulation room at St. Louis Community College’s new health care facility on the Forest Park campus.
Low crop prices and an ongoing trade war limiting exports are adding to the financial struggles of farming. Across the nation, and in Missouri, an increasing number of farmers are looking to solar energy as a way to shore up the bottom line.
The Trump administration’s formal withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change has members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative concerned. The organization is worried that the withdrawal could lead to U.S. commodities producers being taxed or penalized by countries that signed on to the accord, something that the European Union has signaled it would like to pursue. “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you can’t make any decisions,” said Phil Stang, the mayor of Kimmswick, Missouri. “The Mississippi River basin is the biggest commodity developer in the world, and that’s a severe impact on the entire Midwest.” Thursday on St. Louis on the Air , host Sarah Fenske talked with Stang, as well as with the executive director of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, Colin Wellenkamp, about what leaving the accord could do to the competitiveness of Midwest commodity exports. Hear their conversation: “ St. Louis on the Air ” brings you the
GRANITE CITY — An undisclosed number of non-union employees at Granite City’s U.S Steel plant have been laid off. In a statement U.S. Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski said the layoffs were due to “challenging market conditions.”
Mo Dehghani, who has led Missouri University of Science and Technology for 100 days, already has ambitious plans to increase the size and impact of the school. He laid out his vision for the campus in Rolla during a State of the University address last week.
St. Louis’ relatively low cost of living is an oft-touted point of pride for the region. But a newly released report by the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council suggests that life in the Gateway City isn’t so affordable for everyone — especially when it comes to paying rent. Compiled by the organization’s community engagement specialist, the report aims to fill an information gap when it comes to understanding local rent costs. And one of the key takeaways from Glenn Burleigh’s ZIP-code-level analysis is that perceptions of gentrification are rooted in reality: Across the city of St. Louis, rents are rising faster than in the metropolitan region as a whole, and twice as fast in the central corridor and south St. Louis. On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air , Burleigh joined host Sarah Fenske to discuss the implications of EHOC’s recent findings as well as related topics.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Cos. opened the PwC Pennant Building on Wednesday, the first completed project in the $260 million second phase of Ballpark Village. Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said finishing the office building is an exciting step forward. “I’ve just been one of those kids like on Christmas morning recently. I just get excited to come down here and look at the progress every day,” DeWitt said.
Updated Nov. 6 with more information about the bidders — The Airport Advisory Working Group on Wednesday released additional information about each of the 18 companies and groups interested in bidding on a potential long-term lease of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. (Scroll below to see a detailed list of the companies.)
In three weeks, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will formally break ground on Next NGA West, its long-anticipated headquarters that will be located in north St. Louis. The $1.7 billion construction project is expected to last several years, with a goal of completing much of the campus in 2023. On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air , Next NGA West Program Director Sue Pollmann joined host Sarah Fenske to give an update on the project and to discuss the spy agency’s hopes for the St. Louis region as a geospatial industry hub.