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Past articles by Melody:

Shop 'n Save's exit from St. Louis region creates new food desert in north county

Most city and suburban dwellers take the convenience of a local grocery store for granted. But many residents of Spanish Lake don’t have that luxury any → Read More

Questions about St. Louis Lambert International Airport privatization go unanswered

Several members of the city’s Transportation and Commerce Committee say they feel they have been kept in the dark when it comes to details on the Airport → Read More

Economic Development Partnership ousts CEO, ethics probe is underway

Sheila Sweeney is out, and Rodney Crim is in as interim CEO at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. “Our board has determined that a new → Read More

Missouri nail manufacturer struggles under steel tariff

Trump-administration tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imposed last June were intended to boost U.S. production, create jobs and investment in → Read More

St. Louis building boom expected to continue in 2019; urban bloggers share their favorite projects

St. Louis has had a banner year for construction in 2018. The number of building permits issued is up in 17 of the city's 28 wards . The value of new → Read More

Fuel pumps offer some holiday cheer: lowest gas prices since 2016

Gas prices have been falling from coast to coast this month, but none are as low as in Missouri. AAA reports the average cost per gallon of regular fuel in → Read More

New Bi-State CEO pledges to improve security on Metro Transit

Bi-State Development named Taulby Roach as its next president and CEO today. Roach will take office Jan. 1, 2019, replacing John Nations, who is stepping → Read More

West County Center pop-up store helps small, online retailers reach new customers

When four young entrepreneurs in Singapore realized that they needed to go beyond the internet to sell new products, they opened a store called We The → Read More

Public vote on airport privatization is grounded at City Hall

A bill that calls for a city-wide vote on any future deal to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport is stuck in committee. The bill’s sponsor, → Read More

Real estate industry’s future is bright in St. Louis, if city can attract and keep young talent

Members of the St. Louis real estate industry are celebrating a banner year and looking forward to 2019. Developers, investors, builders and housing → Read More

Nations leaves Bi-State agency with mission focused on regional cooperation

John Nations is stepping down after eight years as president and CEO of Bi-State Developmen t — the agency that operates the Metrolink public transit → Read More

Share a photo, gift a meal through this St. Louis startup's app

As many families prepare for the annual Thanksgiving feast, not everyone has the opportunity to sit down to a traditional meal on Thursday, or any other → Read More

New creative space for makers bridges St. Louis Delmar divide, builds community

Jim McKelvey has come to the rescue of the St. Louis maker movement. Today, the serial entrepreneur officially opened MADE , a 32,000-square-foot building → Read More

Yet another delay for the Loop Trolley — this time, snow is to blame

The Delmar Loop Trolley was scheduled to welcome riders today for the first time. But the storm that dumped several inches of snow across the region → Read More

St. Louis businesses woo voters with freebies on Election Day

There were discounts and free rides to help get people to the polls this Election Day, and then there were the rewards waiting for voters after ballots → Read More

Door-to-door survey seeks residents’ views of St. Louis Lambert airport privatization

In the midst of this political season, there’s another campaign underway in St. Louis. But it’s not on the ballot for the midterm election. It’s the → Read More

St. Louis Fashion Fund redesigns strategy to promote local industry

The 4-year-old St. Louis Fashion Fund is shutting down its fashion incubator. The first class of six designers in the program will graduate next month. → Read More

Delmar Loop Trolley takes toll on businesses after years of waiting

Officials of the Loop Trolley Company say there will be a “soft opening” of the Delmar Loop Trolley soon with a big celebration and official launch to → Read More

St. Louis startup partners with Mars Inc. to protect cacao trees from climate change

Rising temperatures in tropical forests along the equator are threatening cacao trees -— the source of beans used in making chocolate. Benson Hill , a St. → Read More

Port Authority seeks land and revenue beyond the banks of the Mississippi

The St. Louis Port Authority oversees 19 miles of riverbank including six thousand acres of land available for commercial and industrial development. But → Read More