Senator Claire McCaskill, business solutions company Intuit, and search giant Google are in St. Louis Friday, and they are all here to help area small businesses.
The Internet can be a great launching pad for businesses, but Google's Rebecca Ginsberg tells me it is vastly underutilized by business owners, "We (Google) did some research last year that while 97% of Internet users go online to look for local products and services, 64% of small businesses in Missouri still do not have a website.'
Attendees at the Get Your Business Online workshop on Friday will get a free website and hosting for one year. The event starts at 8:30 at the Third Degree Glass Factory on Delmar just north of Forest Park.
If you can't make the event, the same offer is available at MissouriGetOnline.com, or by clicking here.
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - The operators of a landfill in St. Louis County have completed a well improvement project seeking to remove odor-causing gas that has raised concerns for those who live near the facility.
Bridgeton Landfill LLC said Wednesday that it has installed 40 new wells about a week ahead of schedule. Gas will be removed through the wells, then transported to an on-site processing facility.
The landfill sits near Lambert Airport. Residents who work and live near it have complained for months about the smell and raised health concerns.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster late last month filed a lawsuit against the landfill operators, alleging violations of state environmental laws on the 52-acre site.
Emergency workers responding to a fire alarm at Boeing Wednesday morning discovered a stash of chemicals that are used to make meth.
Berkeley police say the alarm went off around 10. Firefighters found the chemicals in the building and police removed them.
One Boeing employee is being held in connection to the incident.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Metro St. Louis area.
A watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado, but none have been spotted.
The entire statement from the weather service is below:
TORNADO WATCH 90 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS
IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES
IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS
BOND IL CLINTON IL FAYETTE IL MARION IL MONTGOMERY IL WASHINGTON IL
IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS
MADISON IL MONROE IL RANDOLPH IL ST. CLAIR IL
IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 11 COUNTIES
IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI
CRAWFORD MO FRANKLIN MO JEFFERSON MO ST. CHARLES MO ST. LOUIS MO WASHINGTON MO
IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
IRON MO MADISON MO REYNOLDS MO ST. FRANCOIS MO STE. GENEVIEVE MO
IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 INDEPENDENT CITY
IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS CITY MO
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... BELLEVILLE... CHESTER... EDWARDSVILLE... FARMINGTON... LITCHFIELD... SALEM... ST CHARLES... ST LOUIS... UNION AND VANDALIA.
A brief scare at Scott Air Force Base this morning.
After reports of a man walking around with a gun, one building was evacuated and MP's searched the area. The all clear was given about an hour after the first report and no one was injured.
Police have identified the elderly woman who died after being hit by another driver who was fleeing police.
The incident began when officers saw two suspects driving a stolen vehicle in South St. Louis near Grand and Osage. During the traffic stop, the suspect--an 18 year-old man--threw his car into reverse and almost hit the police officer. He then sped off, but hit a car with three passengers, including 87-year-old Virginia Bedrosian. Bedrosian was taken to the hospital where she died later Tuesday night.
The suspect was caught after a short foot chase and his passenger was taken into custody as well.
Employees at Grant's Farm are getting ready for opening weekend.
The wildlife preserve is introducing a couple of new experiences this year--camel rides and a behind-the-scenes Clydesdale tour. Admission to Grant's Farm is free, but parking will run you $12 a car.
GRANT'S FARM HOURS OF OPERATION:
SPRING: April 13 – April 28
Saturday and Sunday Only
Saturday: 9:00am -to 3:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 3:30pm
SUMMER: April 30- September 2
Closed Monday (except May 28 and September 2)
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 9:30am – 4:00pm
Holiday Monday: May 27 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Holiday Monday: September 2 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
CLOSED September 3, 4, 5
FALL: September 6- November 3
Friday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 3:30pm
2013 Halloween Celebration
October 4 & 5
October 10, 11 & 12
October 17, 18 & 19
October 24, 25 & 26
Click here to visit Grant's Farm Website.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A member of a north central Kansas county commission says he won't resign after being criticized for using a racial slur during a public meeting.
Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile used the slur last week while the commission was discussing hiring an architect for a county project.
The Salina Journal reports that when Gile was asked what he meant, he responded "Afro-Americanized."
On Tuesday, two Salina residents attended the commission's meeting to ask Gile to resign.
Gile read a statement apologizing for using the phrase, saying he recognized he was wrong. Gile said after the meeting he would not resign.
Commission Chairman Randy Duncan said he accepted Gile's apology.
Gile was elected in November to his first four-year term on the commission.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Republican state senator plans to hold hearings across Missouri to get public reaction to a new driver's license process that stores electronic copies of applicants' birth certificates and concealed gun permits in a state database.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer claims the procedures by the Department of Revenue are an invasion of privacy. During a hearing Wednesday, Schaefer aggressively quizzed department officials about whether they are trying to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which sets stringent proof-of-identity requirements.
Department officials insisted they are not. They noted that a 2009 state law prohibits compliance with Real ID.
Schaefer wants to hold public hearings across the state on the procedure. He says he won't give the driver's license administration any money until it can prove it's worthy.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.
More than 104,000 renters were awarded the credit last year. The proposal would redirect $57 million saved by trimming the tax credit to state health, mental health and social services that may benefit seniors and the disabled.
The budget panel accepted public testimony and approved the legislation Tuesday. Generally, House Republicans were supportive and Democrats were critical.
The measure was factored into the proposed budget approved by the House, and it has been backed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Senate passed the bill last month.