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St. Louis, Missouri

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St. Louis encompasses an independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri (the "City of St. Louis") and its metropolitan area (Greater St. Louis). This area includes counties in the states of Missouri and Illinois; it is the 18th largest in the United States with a population of 2,698,672 as of the 2000 census. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), the 2004 population is approximately 2,764,054.

The city, which is named after Louis IX of France, is adjacent to, but not part of, St. Louis County, Missouri and has a population of 352,572. It is the second largest city in Missouri after Kansas City, but it has the state's largest metropolitan area population. In relation to the Midwest region, the City of St. Louis is the 10th largest city in population (between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wichita, Kansas).


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St. Louis punches above its weight as a center for corporate headquarters. Beer commercials have made the city well known as the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries. Two local brokerages, A.G. Edwards and Edward Jones, as well as online brokerage Scottrade, have grown into dominant players on America's financial landscape. It is also the site for the headquarters of Energizer, the battery company. Neighboring suburbs host Monsanto, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, and Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company in 1997. Express Scripts, a pharmaceutrical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis and recently announcd plans to construct its new headquarters near the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Hardee's corporate headquarters lies in the metro area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is headquartered in Clayton. Emerson Electric is headquartered in the north side of St. Louis. Charter Communications, the nation's fourth largest broadband communications company, is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.

In recent years, however, several longtime corporate pillars have left St. Louis. St. Louis was the corporate headquarters of McDonnell-Douglas prior to its 1997 merger with Boeing. Upon the merger, the area became the headquarters for Boeing's $27 billion-per-year Integrated Defense Systems division and its company-wide Phantom Works R&D operation. Locally, Boeing manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs, and has developed — at times secretly — several unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). However, when Boeing relocated its corporate headquarters from Seattle, Washington in 2001, it moved to Chicago, Illinois — St. Louis was not one of the final candidates.

Source - Wikipedia: St. Louis, Missouri

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Bad Dog Bar & Grill To Cease Operation On New Year's Day
Bad Dog was a featured venue at last year's RFT Music Showcase. Click here to view the full slideshow.
City proposes $8 million plan to add 160 newa
City proposes $8 million plan to add 160 new police officers St. Louis City leaders have proposed an $8 million plan to hire 160 more police officers in the city.\ Check out this story on KSDK.com: http://on.ksdk.com/16utMEB Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Francis Slay revealed the plan , which he said will pay for the officers, allows the city to invest in more crime prevention programs and increase training for officers. "I think there's nothing more important that we could be doing in the city of St. Louis , as a government, than than to provide for the safety of our people of St. Louis - for our families, and our businesses here as well," Slay said.
Second Bosnian Victim In St. Louis Was Lying
Last week, I blogged about a woman in St. Louis who said she was attacked because of her Bosnian heritage. As it turns out, she was lying and there's video evidence.
Pimped Out Pickles Has Two New Locations and Two Holiday-Appropriate Pickle Flavors To Try
Last winter, St. Louis was introduced to Pimped Out Pickles , a one-of-a-kind picklery on Martin Luther King Drive that offered 60 different flavors, including hot-and-sweet, pineapple and even more exotic varieties like "Pimpjuice." But after four short months in business, owner and master pickler Michelle Latchison Turner had to close her doors.
Woman claims lax security at Ritz-Carlton led to her sexual assault
A woman claims in a lawsuit filed last month that the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton failed to provide appropriate hotel security, which led to her alleged 2012 sexual assault by a St. Louis man. The woman says that on Jan. 22, 2012, a St. Louis man, whom the Business Journal also is not identifying because he has not been charged with a crime, sexually assaulted and battered her while in a room at the Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza.
St. Louis city-county merger discussions on pause
Discussions about the city of St. Louis rejoining St. Louis County are now stalled because of the unrest that followed Michael Brown's shooting death by a Ferguson police officer. "I'm coming into a job that demands an overhaul of St. Louis County government," said St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger.
Black federal judge aids Ferguson rioters, slams police officers
U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson ruled that law enforcement officers must allow the protesters a reasonable amount of time to disperse the officers are permitted use crowd-control tactics that include the use of Judge Jackson on Thursday evening granted a temporary restraining order on behalf of the mobs of protesters demonstrating -- as well as torching stores and looting -- against the decision by the grand jury regarding the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black teen, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a white male. Brown's death led to weeks of violent protests and rampant looting in Ferguson and St. Louis County.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Set To Engage The City Of St. Louis,...
Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Bishop Courtney Allen Jones, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jerryl T. Christmas, Attorney, Boogie D, Program Director, Robert Jordan, St. Louis City Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, Steve Harmon , Legal Counsel, St. Louis Public Schools, Flint Fowler, CEO & President, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, Darryl Wise, CEO, Annie Malone Children's Home, Brandon Henry , St. Louis County Police Department PRAYER VIGIL @ 10:00 AM Doors open at 9:30 AM Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 2411 Belle Glade Avenue St. Louis, MO 63113 YOUTH SUMMIT @ 12:00 PM Registration opens at 11:30 AM Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club 2901 N. Grand Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63107 ADOPT-A-BUSINESS PRAYER VIGIL @ 4:30 PM at Juanita's Fashions R Boutique, 9844 W. Florissant Avenue St. Louis, MO 63136 In the aftermath of the grand jury decision ... (more)

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