St. Louis, Missouri
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).
 The local economy
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.
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- Some fear rioting may seal Ferguson fate for decades Some fear that images of Ferguson on fire may determine the city's fate for decades to come. Check out this story on KREM.com: FERGUSON, Mo.
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- Ferguson trying to get back to normal
- The town of Ferguson in the US state of Missouri is trying to get back to normal after two nights of disturbances and rioting following the decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer for shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, to death. Covered in a light blanket of snow, the streets of the St. Louis suburb were practically deserted on Thanksgiving Eve.
- Protests ease as snow falls on Ferguson
- Violence erupted for a second night Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Protests ease as snow falls on Ferguson FERGUSON, Mo.
- Protests scale back as snow falls on Ferguson
- Violence erupted for a second night Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Protests scale back as snow falls on Ferguson FERGUSON, Mo.
- Brown family blasts prosecutor's handling of case
- Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation. As darkness fell, hundreds more National Guardsmen were ordered into Ferguson in hopes that their presence would help local law enforcement keep order in the St. Louis suburb.
- Ferguson riots: Violence begins to subside after grand jury decision...
- For many of the protesters a return to business as usual will only deepen the resentment fuelled by everyday racism Tim Walker is The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper's diary column.
- How One St. Louis Business Owner Stays Open After the Ferguson Riots
- The day after rioters broke seven large windows in his St. Louis restaurant, David Bailey said he is trying to make the best of a bad situation. He has already boarded up the windows at Rooster, which serves crepes and sandwiches in the South Grand area of the city, and opened the restaurant for business.