United Way Campaign Kickoff Tailgating Themed

This event will include a selection of tailgating themed local food, drinks, entertainment, and a silent auction. There will also be a raffle for a VIP suite for a Ram’s game.

Hazelwood Heroes keeping kids Alive & Well

The Hazelwood Heroes program started almost three years ago and now nearly 500 children have had direct contact with a mentor.

Ferguson churches, ministries mark positive change at one year anniversary of police shooting

Local church leaders have seen positive changes in both the Ferguson community and the church.

Ferguson gives free school supplies to kids in need

Community leaders are giving back in a big way to help families with school supplies. Book bags, crayons and  notebooks were given to every single student at Bermuda Elementary and  Airport Elementary.

Positive leadership: A region’s call to action

The Ferguson Commission was tasked with helping to chart a new path toward healing and positive change for all residents of the St. Louis region.


Grant money helping Ferguson businesses rebuild

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has provided grant money to businesses damaged this week during protests in Ferguson.

Ferguson Commission promised final draft report by August 28

Members of the Ferguson Commission will have a final draft of the commission’s report to review by August 28. Initially the report will be published digitally,  followed by a print edition.


Relief fund assists damaged Ferguson businesses

Sheila Sweeney says businesses can tap into the small business relief fund. The money from the fund comes from a variety of sources including: banks, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the state and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Urban League national conference coming to STL

The National Urban League announces St. Louis to host it’s 2017 Annual Conference. The conference and summit are projected to use more than 6,000 hotel room nights, generating an economic impact of $3.2 million in direct spending for the St. Louis region.

Business owner starts up shop in Ferguson despite unrest

Doug’s Auto Care moved to Ferguson last year despite the unrest and has no plans to leave. Owner, Doug Taylor said he wants to get cars and the community up and running.

Ferguson Commission co-chairs consider faith communities important for change

McClure, Wilson and the rest of the Ferguson Commission continue working to complete their final report for its Sept. 15 release.

Just the ticket: Police stopping drivers with smiles

In Affton, Mo., St. Louis County police officers are giving tickets of a different kind. Pantry tickets instead of speeding tickets.

A Year After Ferguson, Obama Tells NPR He Feels ‘Great Urgency’

In an interview at the White House with President Obama,  NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep asked whether political considerations in his first term prevented the first black president from properly addressing the race issue.

Driving positive change is message of Ferguson Commission

The people of St. Louis have come together and developed something new, something we didn’t have one year ago:

A road map for positive change.

Gallery: One year later in Ferguson

11 photographs to capture Ferguson, MO a year after the unrest

Now: Ferguson Is Different One Year Later

The business owners of Ferguson, MO give an insight into the highs and lows of running a business within their community.

Loans, grants help businesses in Ferguson rebuild

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has assisted with loans and clean-up with nearly 70 businesses.  Twenty damaged businesses remain closed for now, but most owners are determined to stay and rebuild.

Reinvest North County Fund: One Year Later

After nearly one year, the Reinvest North County Fund has made a significant positive impact on school districts, businesses, and the entire Ferguson community. With a total of $800,000 being raised to support the community.

St. Louis Funeral Directors Rally to Stop the Violence

On Sunday, the Stop the Violence Rally, a procession of about 10 hearses and limousines — escorted by about 200 motorcycles — rolled down Washington Avenue, headed north to Page Boulevard and ended back downtown, at America’s Center.

NAACP to Offer Free Legal Aid to St. Louis County Children

Children appearing in St. Louis County family courts will be entitled to free legal representation under a program soon to be unveiled by the county’s NAACP chapter.

St. Louis police start new program designed to build community trust

Wednesday afternoon St. Louis city police officers were undergoing training for the program that tries to break down barriers with police and the citizens they serve, coffee with a cop.

Construction projects expected to bring hundreds of jobs to North County

An expansion of Centene Corporation is expected to cost $15 million and add 200 new jobs. The Centene project is expected to be open and operational by the end of the year.

I (heart) Ferguson

I Love Ferguson has a storefront, sells bracelets and hoodies, and has raised $160,000 for area businesses, day camps and schools.

Ferguson, one year later: What still needs to happen?

Now that a year has passed, St. Louis Public Radio is inviting you to share how Brown’s death affected your life, as well as your thoughts about how the events that followed impacted the region as a whole.

‘And then Ferguson happened’: Unrest, opportunity drew RAC head Felicia Shaw home

Felicia Shaw, new executive director of St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission, said she had a sense that this community would now “be open to change” after the events of Ferguson.

Churches offer Ferguson students free school supplies

The local churches have collected 500 backpacks, all filled with school supplies, which will be free for parents to pick up for their children. Volunteers will hand out the backpacks from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Florissant’s Wellspring Church.

Ferguson, Dellwood businesses

Businesses in Ferguson and Dellwood are beginning to recover. The ruins of 18 destroyed buildings have been bulldozed away, Little Caesar’s pizza is rebuilding, Starbucks is building a coffee shop, and Centene is building a new Ferguson call center that should employ 200 people.

City police commander new interim chief in Ferguson, Mo.

Glendale Commander Andre Anderson named interim police chief of Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Beasley announced the appointment of Anderson July 22 at the Ferguson Community Center.

Rap mogul 50 Cent makes donation to St. Louis Area Food Bank

50 Cent presented a donation to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, in partnership with Major Brands, Beam Suntory and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

In Ferguson, Where the World Saw Destruction Starbucks Sees Promise

“Starbucks is stepping up and investing in our community in a way that will open up exciting opportunities for all,” added Michael McMillan, CEO for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Charlie Brennan’s Ferguson Clean-Up at Old QT

West Florissant was a full of activity Monday morning. Volunteers were clipping hedges, picking up trash and painting murals around Ferguson for a massive clean-up event.

Raising Spirits in Ferguson

Springfield, Missouri based non-profit “Convoy of Hope” organized more than 700 volunteers to provide free information, groceries, and even haircuts to those in need on Saturday in Ferguson’s Forestwood Park.

Ferguson Commission targets economic opportunity, child development as next steps

The Ferguson Commission, led by Rich McClure and co-chair Rev. Starsky Wilson, is studying the economic and social conditions of the region while charting a path for positive change.

Starbucks Accelerates Commitment to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth

Starbucks plans to open stores in diverse, under-represented neighborhoods. First stores to open will be located in Chicago, Ferguson, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Queens, New York.

This man swam around manhattan to raise money for Ferguson

Henry Biggs, a professor at Washington University took 8 hours, 32 minutes, and 14 seconds to swim 27 miles around Manhattan.

Urban League breaks ground on new center in Ferguson

The Urban League’s goal with the construction of the new building is one hundred percent minority and women participation. The building is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Come Together Ferguson Fund Supports Community Initiatives

The Come Together Ferguson fund anonymous donor stipulated that the advisory committee would be composed of educators, residents, members of the clergy, and business owners, all of whom have direct ties to Ferguson. Out of 42 grant requests received and reviewed by the Come Together Ferguson grant committee, 11 were awarded.

Ferguson Commission seeks complete overhaul, shrinking of municipal courts

The Ferguson Commission is working toward a proposal that would completely overhaul St. Louis County’s municipal court system, consolidating operations and eliminating most current practices that have been labeled abusive.

St. Louis County street poised for improvements

A $37 million plan to improve a St. Louis County street that was the site of many protests last year is poised to move forward.

In Ferguson, Mo., a Long Road Getting Back to Business

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is preparing a marketing campaign to help Ferguson’s image. Mayor Knowles said the city has pushed to clean up physical damage, help organize small businesses and jump-start future development.

Come Together Ferguson Announces Grant Recipients

Four of the organizations were awarded for their continuous work that they are putting forward in Ferguson such as; Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. Agencies also include those that are bringing dance programs to the community such as; Earth Dance Farms and Coca.

Foundation distributes grants for Ferguson-related programs

Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation has given 11 organizations nearly $40,000 total in the first round of grants in its Come Together Ferguson initiative. Seven of the organizations receiving funds will bring programs to Ferguson for the first time.

In Ferguson, a Gift to Heal Divisions

A $100,000 donation was offered to create a fund that would be distributed by a group of black and white residents within the community. The fund’s name reflected the donors’ simple hope: Come Together Ferguson.

Ferguson Municipal Public Library Named 2015 Library of the Year

The Ferguson Municipal Public Library modest “it’s what we do” stance resonated worldwide through social media and news coverage. It placed libraries in the center of the solution, and created a model for other libraries in communities experiencing strife.

Reinvest North County Fund distributes more funding for the district

The Reinvest North County Fund has announced that it has made a fifth round of allocations of funding for businesses. After the current round of funding, 55 small businesses will have received direct grants totaling $265,000 and four school districts have received grants totaling $235,000.

Schnucks to Build in North County

Over the summer, Schnucks will begin construction on a state-of-the-art distribution center at NorthPark in Kinloch. The 915,000-square foot distribution center will be one of St. Louis County’s largest commercial developments in recent years.

Ferguson Little Caesar’s rebuilds for a third time

Ferguson business owner, Doyle Beck has lost his store twice but that’s not stopping him from rebuilding for a third time. Construction will begin next week to restore his building and the Little Caesars will be back in business later this summer.

4 New Places to Check out

Sauce magazine credits J&C BBQ & Blues as a great location to check out for homestyle barbecue, live music, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

What’s cooking in Ferguson?

Jean Carnahan provides an inside look into Jerome and Cathy Jenkins businesses, their determination for good food, and how they continue to support their community.

St. Louis Named Promise Zone

St. Louis was one of eight communities to win the designation as a Promise Zone. This recognition allows communities to work directly with federal agencies giving local leaders access to proven tools to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Volunteers working to rebuild Ferguson

Volunteers with Rebuilding Together St. Louis performed much-needed repairs on more than 40 homes.

Free Workshops offered for Small Businesses

North County Incorporated (NCI) in partnership with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Regional Chamber is hosting a series of free Building Blocks for Small Business Growth Workshops.

Starbucks to open Ferguson store

The Ferguson store is part of a previously announced plan to open 300 Starbucks locations this year, including many in racially diverse areas.

$500K allocated to small businesses in Ferguson

The Saint Louis Economic Development Partnership is allocating half a million dollars to small, local businesses to demolish and beautify properties in Ferguson.

Historic Election in Ferguson, MO

Ferguson holds the first municipal election since last years shooting. The new counsel could set Ferguson on a new path, helping select a new city manager, police chief and municipal judge.

Ferguson Chief Takes Steps Urged in Report

Chief Alan Eickhoff plans to immediately address some of the concerns within the Justice Department report and urges officers to engage with residents in a positive way.

WSJ: Ferguson Looks to Crowdfunding

The Wall Street Journal reports on the use of crowdfunding in Ferguson as a means to support rebuilding efforts.

Chamber President Reagan Speaks To WSJ On Ferguson

The Wall Street Journal’s Simon Constable spoke with St. Louis Regional Chamber President Joe Reagan about the bigger picture as it relates to Ferguson and the challenges facing the region.

St. Louis Named 33rd Best City to Start Black-Owned Business By NerdWallet

NerdWallet has released a study on the “Best Places For Black-Owned Businesses” and St. Louis was ranked #33 of 111 U.S. cities. Read more here on NerdWallet.

Rebuilding Through the STL Together Fund

Jason Hall, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the St. Louis Regional Chamber, visits First at 4 to explain how the fund will help local businesses.

Can St. Louis Business Owners Help Push For Systemic Change?

The business community faces challenges in the wake of the protests following the Grand Jury Announcement.  With corporations, small business owners, and regional business organizations working in partnership, the community is pushing for systemic change.

Damaged Ferguson Businesses Receive Pledges of Almost $500,000

In just a week, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised on behalf of damaged businesses in Ferguson.  12,700 donors logged onto the GoFundMe website in the past week to raise nearly $500,000– a national outpouring of support for those who are looking to rebuild their businesses in the wake of last weeks protests.

Obama Proposes $263 Million Response to Ferguson

President Obama on Monday asked Congress for a $263 million response to Ferguson that calls for the increased use of body cameras by police.

It would also expand training for law enforcement agencies, add resources for police department reform and multiply the number of cities where the U.S. Department of Justice facilitates community and law enforcement agency engagement.

South Grand Business Owners Offered Loans to Repair Damages

Officials will make loans to owners of South Grand Boulevard businesses rioters attacked after a grand jury did not indict a police officer in the Michael Brown shooting.

The low-interest loans will come from Recovery St. Louis, an extension of the Small Business Relief Program set up for Ferguson businesses damaged by rioters there in August.

Grand jury says no. Now St. Louis must make the most of it.

As the St. Louis County grand jury decides that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not stand trial for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post Dispatch editorial page staff says St. Louis must learn and make most of what has come of the situation.

Father of Michael Brown Hands Out Holiday Turkeys

As the St. Louis area waits anxiously for word on whether a grand jury will indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black youth, the teen’s father spent Saturday morning handing out free turkeys in the apartment complex where his son was killed.

Rams Stand Together

Watch the St. Louis rams commit to stand together as the region continues to move forward.

60 STL Area Municipalities Join Holiday Warrant Forgiveness

More than 60 municipalities in St. Louis County have joined a program forgiving warrants for the month of December.  The program is sponsored by Better Family Life and the St. Louis County Municipal Court Improvement Committee.

Ferguson Commission Names Announced

The Governor announced the names of the 16 St. Louis area citizens who will serve on the Commission in a press conference at the Missouri History Museum today.

“Not In Our Town” Summit Addresses Ferguson

The Ferguson Youth Initiative recently hosted a summit put on by “Not In Our Town”, a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. The youth-led summit features teens discussing constructive solutions for moving our community forward.

St. Louis to spend $50,000 on recruiting minorities to public safety jobs

Ethical Society of Police will recruit African American candidates and host a 10-week police training in hopes of diversifying public safety jobs. The Board of Alderman will allocate $50,000 in funding for this project.

Mayor Slay Announces Partnership to Recruit, Train and Hire More African-American Police Officers

To help the City of St. Louis develop a more diverse police force without compromising quality, the Slay Administration is entering into an agreement with the Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) to help identify and prepare potential minority recruits for careers in law enforcement and other public safety professions. Minorities make up 34 percent of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD), making it the most diverse department in the region. But, the $50,000 agreement is designed to help attract new, high-quality candidates to reflect the demographics of the community the SLMPD serves.

Three North County municipalities offering to cancel warrants

Beverly Hills, Velda Village Hills and Vinita Park counties are giving people the opportunity to cancel any outstanding misdemeanor warrants. The offices will be open 24 hours from November 2nd through November 8th so those affected can get warrants canceled, fines decreased and new court dates set.

St. Louis County Council approves $1 million to help North County residents

St. Louis County Council has approved the allocation of $1 million for residents of North County. Those who have qualified for this aid are among people and families who were struggling to make ends meet before the shooting of Michael Brown and in the unrest that followed they were terrified to leave there homes for fear of personal safety.

Missouri will fund 2,000 St. Louis area youth jobs next summer

Governor Nixon announced Missouri will help fund 2,000 summer jobs for low-income youth ages 16-21 next year. Intended to teach the basic foundational skills and values for work ethics, these jobs will include both private and government positions subsidized by the state at $8 an hour and up to 30 hours a week. Funding will mainly come from the government’s main welfare program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Organization looking to bring 1,000 jobs to Ferguson residents

The Ferguson 1,000 Jobs organization is working together with some of the largest employers in the St. Louis area to provide country residents with employment opportunities. Centene Corporation, Emerson Electric and RBC are just some of the companies that will offer job training, business development and employment opportunities.

Missouri Governor Announces Creation of ‘Ferguson Commission’

Governor Nixon announced he is forming a panel that will study the social and economic conditions that fueled the violent protests in Ferguson, MO. The commission will meet with experts and address pressing topics such as governance, poverty, education and law enforcement and evaluate the current state of the St. Louis counties. The commission will then recommend changes to make the region a “fairer place for everyone to live.”

St. Louis city will no longer require job applicants to disclose felony convictions

Applications for employment with the City of St. Louis no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, so that candidates automatically are not disqualified. Instead, the City screens applicants on a case-by-case basis, considering the specific circumstances, the nature of the crime, how long ago it occurred, and how it might reflect on the candidate’s qualifications for the specific job under consideration. Certain jobs continue to be subjected to a criminal background check. Banning that box is the logical next step to removing employment barriers for people who have been convicted of crimes.

Monsanto pledges $1 million to Ferguson, North County communities

Monsanto, one of the region’s large corporations, has pledged $1 million over two years to four nonprofit agencies focused on restoring the area of Ferguson. The money will go to agencies with an emphasis on improving job development, education and the economy. Those involved include: the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Reinvest North County Fund and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

St. Louis Unions Launch Programs To Recruit Women And Minorities Into Trades

The Building Union Diversity (BUD) program was launched to increase the number of women and minorities employed in construction trades by creating a pool of well trained and motivated union apprentices. With funding from the federal government, those who meet the eligibility requirements will enter into a rigorous, eight-week pre-apprenticeship training program to learn the skills needed to become a union apprentice. If they make it through the program, they will be guaranteed an interview with one of several companies for a full-time union job.

Boeing moves 777x work to St. Louis, creating 700 jobs

Boeing has announced that for the first time they will bring commercial manufacturing to St. Louis. Parts for the new 777X airliner will be made at its defense works in North St. Louis County, bringing about 700 new jobs to the area when the project is in full swing. In addition, the expansion of the North County composite materials facility will bring additional construction jobs by the end of the year.

Editorial: St. Louis leads post-Ferguson: Amnesty is the answer

While the City of St. Louis is canceling over 220,00 traffic tickets and giving minor traffic offenders with outstanding warrants a second chance, some believe this action is not enough. Statistics of the St. Louis area show a history of racial profiling and unfair treatment regarding traffic ticketing and court appearances. The move by the city of St. Louis is the largest recognition yet that the festering wounds left open by the ongoing Ferguson unrest will not be healed without a serious response.

St. Louis to forgive about 220,000 warrants for nonviolent municipal offenses

The City of St. Louis is giving minor traffic offenders with outstanding warrants a second chance to address their tickets. More than 220,000 arrest warrants automatically have been canceled. Traffic offenders until December 31, 2014, to schedule a new court date to face the charges against them.

Emerson donating $4.4 million for Ferguson scholarships, job training

Emerson, one of the region’s largest corporations, has called Ferguson, MO home for the past 70 years. To show their commitment and love for the community, Emerson is donating $4.4 million to numerous organizations and nonprofits in order to fund scholarships and youth employment efforts for resident in North St. Louis County and Ferguson.

North County fund makes grants

Sponsors of the Reinvest North County Fund have raised more than $150,000 in pledges and $95,000 in grants to school districts and businesses damaged by the unrest in Ferguson and Dellwood. The Fund is sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Business Council and North County Incorporated and is intended to focus on supporting the affected small businesses and school districts.

Centene to build claims center in Ferguson, creating up to 200 jobs

Centene Corp. announced plans to build a claims processing center in Ferguson, MO creating 150-200 full time jobs with health care, dental and vision insurance. Centene CEO and Chairman Michael Neidorff is adamant about expediting the completion in order to take action and provide the jobs as quickly as possible.

Small Business Relief Program to support impacted Ferguson businesses

Governor Nixon has designated State Treasurer Clint Zweifel to oversee the State of Missouri’s commitment to up to $250,000 in small business lending resources from the State Small Business Loan Program to support efforts of the Small Business Relief Program. The Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $1 million in support to businesses impacted by recent events to help them recover and grow their businesses. State funding will be utilized for zero-interest loans to meet the immediate needs of businesses impacted.