Unemployment is trending down in the St. Louis area.
The unemployment rate in the metro area sits at 7% in May--that is down from the level last year. The local unemployment rate is also lower than the national level of 7.3 percent.
The St. Louis workforce now sits just a bit above 1.3 million.
Parents of students in one Jefferson County school district can expect a letter after a tense incident Tuesday morning.
The bomb and arson team was called to House Springs Elementary after a suspicious was found near the school. Investigators determined the package was a bundle of sparklers. The superintendent of Northwest R-1 District plans to send a letter to parents about the incident.
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel's campaign to return property to its rightful owner is breaking records.
Zweifel's office has returned nearly $40 million in fiscal year 2013. Compare that to around $38 million last year. Zweifel says there is still room for improvement in the program. There is still over $230 million in unclaimed property for the St. Louis region.
You can check to see if you have unclaimed property at showmemoney.com.
Troubled homeowners could be getting some help as soon as next week.
Borrowers who are at least 90 days behind on their mortgage and have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will start receiving offers from lenders to lower payments. This is part of an effort called the "Streamlined Modification Initiative". The exact number of homeowners who will receive offers is not known.
A couple of other restrictions on eligible loans; owners cannot be more than 24 months behind and the loan has to be at least a year old.