Churches on the Street is a mobile ministry that has been serving home-cooked meals to the city's homeless population for around a year.
Group members were notified Monday by the city's health department that they can only serve prepackaged food -- that is, unless they pony up the cash for a permit and follow department guidelines for food preparation.
"It's open to the public, so anything open to the public falls under the food code," says St. Louis' health director Pam Walker. "They were bringing the food in their cars and setting it up outside. There's a lot of potential there for food to go bad, and homeless people have a right to not suffer from food poisoning."More »
The former KMOV-TV (Channel 4) anchor is contractually barred from working in broadcast-television news for six more months, so Conners is jumping into a new role: spokesman for John Beal Roofing.More »
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It's nothing out of the ordinary for the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri to call Abdul Kadir Mohamed.
Danny Wicentowski Abdul Kadir Mohamed stands in front of a mural on the side of his office building. He specializes in immigration cases.
A Somali immigrant-turned-immigration-attorney, Mohamed, 30, has often worked pro bono cases for the ACLU. So he wasn't surprised when the group's program director, John Chasnoff, contacted him in February regarding a Missouri University of Science and Technology student who needed representation during an FBI investigation.
But Mohamed tells Daily RFT that he's since been placed on a government watch list for air travel, suffering unexplained delays and multiple missed flights. "This is wrong," the lawyer insists. "It's unjust."More »
She goes by Star, a name given to her by Charles Manson, the cult leader serving a life sentence in California. Star -- a 25-year-old Susan Atkins look-alike who moved from St. Louis to the West Coast to be near Manson in 2007 -- tells Rolling Stone that Manson loves her more than any other.More »
Washington University beat out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and 453 other colleges to win the title of America's smartest college.
grabadonut on Flickr Washington University wins the 2013 title for Smartest College in America.
The ranking comes from researchers at Luminosity, which creates digital brain-training games, who studied how 70,000 current college students scored in five key areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving.More »
Dave Herholz on Flickr Cherokee Street got a shout-out in Southern Living Magazine.
Cherokee Street is the next best thing, says Southern Living magazine in a new travel feature.
Built from scratch by young entrepreneurs without a cohesive master plan, Cherokee Street is home to antique shops, neighborhood cafes, progressive galleries and the highest concentration of Mexican restaurants in the city.
The Missouri Department of Labor will increase the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour from $7.35 on January 1.
Krystyna Ninh for RFT A St. Louis worker protests the minimum wage.
The 15 cent increase follows a 2006 ballot measure where Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved cost of living increases for the state minimum wage.
As prices of everyday goods -- including health care, groceries and childcare -- continue to increase, experts say the 15 cent boost helps families keep up with costs.
"It means that our hard-working neighbors can buy as much bread and milk at the neighborhood store next year as they were able to buy this year," says Lara Granich, director of Missouri Jobs with Justice, which was part of the 2006 campaign to increase the minimum wage. "The cost of living adjustment in Missouri's minimum wage keeps the lowest paid people in our economy from falling further behind."More »
The $380 million project to renovate the grounds at the Gateway Arch hit an avoidable bureaucratic snag last week that threatens to delay the project's already ambitious timeline.
Doug Kerr via Flickr The Gateway Arch
The National Parks Service was scheduled to give federal approval to the renovation project Wednesday but refused because fundraisers didn't turn in their paperwork.
Why? Because the parks service has a stack of tardy paperwork of their own that's been buried in legal negotiations for more than two years.
The delay is frustrating for St. Louisans who want to see the grounds expansion finished by the Arch's 50 year anniversary, October 28, 2015. Groundbreaking starts Thursday.More »