Commentary: Local arts organizations feed our souls…and put food on tables
Arts, culture and creativity are big business in St. Louis, according to The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a newly released study conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA). In 2015, nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $591 million in annual economic activity in the St. Louis City and County, supporting 19,129 full-time equivalent jobs — jobs that won’t be shipped overseas or replaced by robots — and $57.7 million in local and state government revenue.  AFTA, a national service...

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Ehlmann: ‘Liberal regionalism’ has little place in St. Charles County
Editor: In your recent editorial "St. Charles Wants Regional Benefits without the Cost," you suggest only those jurisdictions willing to raise taxes can be regional partners. Indeed, “liberal regionalism,” with its emphasis on raising taxes to address problems, has had little appeal in St. Charles County. I will not apologize for the St. Charles County voters for not passing a MetroLink tax, state legislators for not authorizing a tax for the Zoo or the County Council (not the St. Charles Board...

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Radian Group CEO Thornberry sells Town & Country home to former Ralcorp CEO Hunt for $3 million
Radian Group CEO Richard Thornberry sold his Town & Country home to former Ralcorp Chairman and CEO of Kevin Hunt for $2.95 million. Thornberry accepted the position of CEO at Philadelphia-based Radian Group Inc. in February after serving as chairman and CEO of NexSpring Group LLC. Hunt is the former chairman and CEO of Ralcorp, a maker of grocery store brand pasta, cereal and snacks that was sold to TreeHouse in 2015. The six-bedroom home has six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. Hunt...

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What St. Louis officials say they offered Amazon in HQ2 bid
St. Louis on Thursday submitted its bid for Amazon's second headquarters, emphasizing unity among regional leaders and the unique nature of the sites offered. Officials, like those with the state of Missouri, which is submitting its own bid, would not give information about tax incentives being offered to the technology giant. "Unfortunately, because of our (nondisclosure agreement) with Amazon, we cannot share the proposal, but know that the proposal shines the spotlight on the many stellar assets...

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St. Louis nonprofits chosen for NFL player Chris Long's Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign
Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles announced on Wednesday that two St. Louis nonprofits will receive $100,000 through his Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign. The former St. Louis Rams player selected College Bound St. Louis and the Little Bit Foundation as two of the four organizations to receive the next game checks from the defensive lineman's 2017 salary. Long donated his first six game-day checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and promised the remaining 10...

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Missouri to submit its own bid for Amazon’s second headquarters
The state of Missouri will submit its own bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, a proposal that will showcase both St. Louis and Kansas City and advocate connecting them via a 240-mile system of futuristic tube transportation. St. Louis and Kansas City are submitting their own bids for the $5 billion headquarters, with its promise of 50,000 jobs. The deadline to submit bids is Thursday. “There may be a creative approach whereby Amazon thinks big and bold, so we as a state think big and bold...

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Chelsea Handler ends her Netflix show
Chelsea Handler has announced she's ending her late-night talk show that streams on Netflix. Handler said she made her decision in part to become more active politically. "My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide." Handler will continue to work with Netflix on documentaries,...

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Why ESPN host slammed network's new show
As Jemele Hill's suspension winds down, another ESPN personality finds herself at the center of a social media storm. Sam Ponder this week took to Twitter to bash the editors of Barstool Sports, the fan website that's behind a new show on ESPN2, "Barstool Van Talk." Ponder, a host on "Sunday NFL Countdown," called out Barstool for a 2014 article that slammed her using sexist and misogynistic language, including calling her a slut. They also wrote, "Bottomline is guys thinking chicks are hot is...

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Influencers beat brands to Instagram polls
Fashion and beauty brands have been slow to use Instagram’s new polling feature, but influencers are experimenting with the tool to create a closer connection with their audiences. Instagram users can now add a two-question poll to their Stories, which are photos or short videos that appear on a user’s profile for 24 hours before disappearing. Users can gather responses in real time and see how each participant answered, giving Instagram influencers immediate insight into what followers want...

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Losing weight can save you thousands
More than 70 percent of the U.S. population is now classified as either overweight or obese, but a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that adults who can return their weight to the normal range will experience significant lifelong cost savings. The Johns Hopkins study found that a 20-year-old who went from being obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, to overweight, with a BMI of 25 to 30, would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs...

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