180 gather to honor winners of the 2018 Corporate Counsel Awards
Some of St. Louis' brightest legal minds gathered Friday morning at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis to honor this year's class of the Corporate Counsel Awards winners. More than 180 people came out for the breakfast event which featured speeches from Husch Blackwell's Bob Tomaso and Thompson Coburn's Tom Minogue. The event kicked off with a message from Toni Douaihy, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel - St. Louis chapter. All seven award winners were on hand and gave brief remarks...

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On the market: The most expensive homes in the Central West End
This week’s on the market takes a look at some of the most expensive homes currently for sale in the Central West End.  51 Westmoreland Place, $2.1 million: This eight-bedroom home has five full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The home totals 12,500 square feet and includes an entry rotunda and a living room that has an antique chandelier. The home’s updated kitchen has a breakfast room and butler’s pantry. Outside, the home has a pool and fireplace.  5105 Lindell Boulevard, $1.4 million:...

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Denver firm acquires Sheraton Clayton, plans renovation
Denver-based Silverwest Hotels LLC has purchased the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel from an entity tied to Los Angeles-based Colony Capital. Terms weren't disclosed. The property had a 2018 appraised value of $22 million, according to St. Louis County property records. Silverwest said in a statement that the hotel would undergo "major renovations," including to its exterior, starting in fall 2018. The hotel has 259 rooms. "We look forward to implementing a plan that will substantially enhance the...

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Conference to bring more than 1,000 to downtown St. Louis
State legislators and policy experts from across 15 southern states will meet at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Saturday to Wednesday for the 72nd annual meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference. The Southern Legislative Conference is the largest of four regional conferences of the Council of State Governments. The meeting is expected to generate nearly $2.1 million in direct spending for the St. Louis area with an estimated room demand of 2,900 hotel room nights, according...

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The complicated case of Maria Butina
Russian Maria Butina came to the United States for graduate school. But based on an indictment, she was doing more than studying international relations. She has been charged with acting as an agent of a foreign power and with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign power. Butina has pleaded not guilty, The Guardian reports. A federal magistrate judge ordered Butina, 29, held without bond pending trial, finding there were no release conditions the judge believed would guarantee she wouldn't...

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Michelle Obama wants you to vote
Michelle Obama wants you to vote in November, and she’s recruited some high-profile friends to help get the word out about voter registration. The former first lady appears in a PSA released Thursday from the new organization "When We All Vote," CNN reports.  Joining her are Tom Hanks, "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Houston Rockets player Chris Paul, and singers Janelle Monae, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, all of whom are co-chairs of the group, per CNN. “Voting is the only way to ensure...

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Walmart spotlights local chefs, local farms
Hollywood incubator FactoryMade Ventures is partnering with Walmart to promote local chefs and the farms that supply them.   The Rediscovering America program pairs the retail giant with five renowned chefs, all recognized by the James Beard Foundation as Best Chef Award Semifinalists, and five local farms in Charlotte, NC; Richmond, VA; Tampa, FL; Houston, and Atlanta. Each of the chefs will be filmed for a documentary series developed and produced by FactoryMade. Ayesha Curry, restaurateur,...

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Pramila Jayapal leads 'Medicare for All' caucus
At least 70 House Democrats have joined a caucus endorsing a “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system in which every American would be covered by a government-funded insurance program.  “We are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said during a launch event Thursday for the caucus, “That health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the United States, and that one of the best ways to ensure...

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Liver disease deaths skyrocket among young adults
Deaths caused by liver disease are up dramatically and young adults were the hardest hit. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, said cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, The Washington Post reported. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the study said. People aged 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths among the demographic groups studied, averaging a 10.5...

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Rental scooters off St. Louis streets — for now
Motorized scooters offered for short-term rental by Bird Rides Inc. are being pulled from city of St. Louis streets, just a day after they appeared. Electric scooters from California-based startup Bird Rides Inc. popped up on downtown St. Louis streets Thursday morning. According to the company, Bird's scooters were placed across downtown St. Louis and in the Old North St. Louis, O'Fallon Park and Soulard neighborhoods. But while the company had "submitted the necessary paperwork" to operate in...

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