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St. Louis minimum wage increase takes effect Friday

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City will raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour as the clock strikes midnight May 5. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on the city ordinance that will bring the wage increase into effect. The bill will eventually cap out at $11/hour as of Jan. 1 , 2018. Minimum


Neosho school district opens up to propane fueled school buses

NEOSHO, Mo. – In an effort to save funds for transportation, the Neosho school district has turned to an alternative form of fuel as they have obtained 18 propane-fueled buses. Citing government budget cuts and cheaper means of fuel, Neosho has taken inspiration from numerous school districts across the country. Propane acts as an efficient

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay testifies in opposition to a bill that would invalidate the city's minimum wage increase March 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Slay defends St. Louis minimum wage increase in house committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay testified alongside several St. Louisans to oppose a measure explicitly designed to prevent the city’s minimum wage raise ordinance, approved last week by the Missouri Supreme Court, from going into effect. He waited alongside many of his constituents until 8 p.m. to testify before the House Rules

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Supreme Court upholds minimum wage raises in St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The city of St. Louis won a major case at the Missouri Supreme Court when the bench ruled unanimously the city could keep its minimum wage increase statute passed by the Board of Aldermen in August 2015. A circuit judge struck down the minimum wage increase in October of that year after

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St. Louis County Circuit Court to play role in Trump’s labor secretary nomination

ST. LOUIS – Two days before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds its confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, a Missouri Court will debate whether or not his divorce records go public. Puzder, a longtime resident of St. Louis, is the CEO of CKE

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Jefferson City City Council okays Uber ordinance for inauguration, free rides to be given

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —  Uber will officially be providing free services for Missouri’s Inauguration Day on Monday, January 9th.  Local residents, visitors, and Missourians taking part in inaugural activities will be able to take free rides from Uber drivers in Jefferson City.  Rides will be available from 7 a.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday. “Uber could

This picture is a rendering by HOK of the proposed soccer stadium to be built in St. Louis. Courtesy of HOK

MLS stadium vote cancelled by investors after Greitens’ criticism

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) held a much shorter than expected meeting Tuesday morning in the Governor’s Office Building. Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation Otis Williams called MDFB chairman Robert Miserez and said that investors behind SC STL had elected to withdraw their proposal to the board

Eric Greitens announcing his candidacy for Governor.

Right-to-work opponents look to ban legislation as Republicans push forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a Republican surge in the November general election, the conservative base is primed to deliver on a promise they’ve made for some time now: Missouri will be the next right-to-work state. Right-to-work has been at the very forefront of Republican priorities for years, but with Gov. Jay Nixon vetoing any


Judge approves multi-million dollar settlement for unjust jailing of Jennings residents

JENNINGS, Mo. – U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson approved of a $4.7 million class action settlement to be paid by the city of Jennings to people jailed in a modern-day debtors’ prison. From 2010 to 2015, nearly 2000 people spent nearly a combined 9,000 days in jail for failing to pay court fines or traffic violations,