St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Apr 29, 2016
Missouri 'Religious Freedom' Bill Defeated In House Committee Vote
(NPR, 4/27/16)
Missouri's so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn't want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LGBT-rights supporters take part in a rally outside the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., on March 31. An amendment to the state Constitution protecting people who object to same-sex marriage failed in a committee vote on Wednesday, effectively killing the bill.
Justice Department approves Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable with conditions
(St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/25/16)
 The U.S. Justice Department on Monday gave antitrust approval to Charter Communications’ proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks, which would create the second-largest U.S. broadband provider and third-largest video provider. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Help working families break cycle of poverty
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/26/16)
We can and must do more to help Missouri’s most economically disadvantaged working families break the cycle of poverty. As civic and business leaders, we are advocates for sensible public policies that encourage and incentivize employment and self-reliance to achieve income growth and reduce long-term dependency on government aid. This is why we support the Missouri Legislature’s efforts to create a state earned income tax credit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Laclede Group expands south with $344 million acquisition
(St. Louis Business Journal. 4/26/16)
The Laclede Group Inc. has agreed to acquire EnergySouth Inc., the parent of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, from a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) for $344 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
A move from Otterville to Festus pays off for Midwest Regional
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
Six years ago, Midwest Regional Bank had $73 million in assets, a loan portfolio of $55 million, was losing money and operating out of a modular trailer in Festus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Initial state budget includes increase for Missouri Technology Corp.
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/25/16)
A preliminary state budget includes a total budget increase of $7.05 million for the Missouri Technology Corp., according to Jason Hall of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cortex wraps $5 million overhaul to Sarah Street building
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/26/16)
Cortex crews have completed work on the third and final phase of the $5 million renovation of the old Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) building, now called CIC@CET. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Need for high-tech workers is critical, say community leaders
(St. Charles County Suburban Journals, 4/27/16)
There is a critical need for more high-tech workers was the resounding message to St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann when he recently met with over 20 business and community leaders at the Information Technology Leader’s Luncheon hosted by the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, the second in an ongoing series of high-level business sector gatherings, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Anthem CEO plans for growth on Obamacare insurance exchanges
(St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/27/16)
Health insurer Anthem Inc. on Wednesday said it is not planning to exit the Obamacare individual insurance exchanges next year like competitor UnitedHealth Group, and is planning instead on growth in that market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Technology brings Memorial Hospital emergency plans into 21st Century
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/17/16)
Experts say taking a few minutes to plan ahead for emergencies at home can save lives. But it’s another thing when there’s an emergency in a multi-floor hospital full of patients, staff and hazardous materials. Plans for safe disaster response in hospitals — or schools, factories and high-rise buildings, too, for that matter — need to be more involved. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Breaking Down BioGenerator
(EQ, 4/25/16)
What is BioGenerator?  The short answer: A subsidiary of the non-profit organization BioSTL that was formed in 2003 to create, grow and invest in life science startups in the St. Louis region. The long answer: Their footprint is more complex than what a single sentence can explain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
“Most people probably don’t realize that we actually have a really complex mission,” says Eric Gulve (not pictured), president of BioGenerator. “We are addressing a number of different issues in the life science startup space. 
How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels
(MIT Technology Review, 4/21/16)
Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties of sorghum. In just one trip, the three drones, along with several stationary sensors, are expected to gather enough intel to construct a 3-D model of the field that will help researchers do what’s historically taken plant breeders ages to accomplish—pinpoint when a single plant in the field of sorghum varieties is thriving beyond expectation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Bi-State freight district unveils official name, priority projects
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/27/16)
With the official launch of the St. Louis Regional Freightway came a draft list of potential projects that are needed to align economic development with the region’s supply chain, the Bi-State Development enterprise said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lumber company at 75 years
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/23/16)
The Fischer Lumber Company is a huge presence in East Alton. The company’s warehouses fill a large stretch of Shamrock Street. Another five acres not visible from the street add to the company’s size. There are so many buildings that Jim Fischer lost count. “We have at least 15,” he said. “It depends on how you count, because some are connected.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
New park planned for Grand Center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
A new public park is coming to a green space at Grand Boulevard and Grandel Square in Grand Center, near the Grand Center Arts Academy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Community Foundation wraps up record year
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
The St. Louis Community Foundation set a record during its 2016 fiscal year by doling out $63.2 million in 4,300 grants to nonprofits. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Starbucks Opens its First Store in Ferguson
(Fortune, 4/29/16)
Starbucks has officially opened the doors to the coffee giant’s first store in Ferguson, Mo., part of a broader strategy to venture into lower-income communities. The Ferguson store, however, is symbolically important as it is city that is perhaps most well known in recent years for the unrest after an 18-year-old unarmed black teen was killed by police officers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Blues-Blackhawks Game 7 shatters FOX Sports Midwest all-time ratings record
(FOX Sports, 4/26/16)
The St. Louis Blues' dramatic 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals was the most-watched telecast in the history of FOX Sports Midwest.&nbnbsp;>> CLICK FOR MORE
A Chess Renaissance in the Midwest
(The New Yorker, 4/28/16)
Last month, in Moscow, Fabiano Caruana played chess for two weeks at the Candidates Cup, whose winner, each year, goes on to face the sitting world champion. By the end, the twenty-three-year-old American—born in Miami, raised in Brooklyn, with no formal education after middle school other than chess-studying stints in Madrid, Budapest, Lugano, and elsewhere—was one game away from earning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen, the twenty-five-year-old Norwegian who has been the best chess player in the world for much of the past six years, and who, in 2014, achieved the highest chess rating in history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Saint Louis Science Center selected as Smithsonian Institution Affiliate
(St. Louis American, 4/23/16)
The Saint Louis Science Center has been named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Science Center is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the St. Louis area, and second in the state of Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Robotics booms in St. Louis as thousands of students gather to 'compete with their minds'
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/28/16)
About 29,000 students and 800 robots descended on downtown Wednesday in preparation for the FIRST Championship, the most prestigious robotics competition in the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Members from Australian team Thunder from Down Under make slight adjustments on their robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition on Thursday.