Industrials Sector

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Taxi Commission Delays Decision On Key Issue Keeping Uber from St. Louis

    The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted today to change its ride-for-hire and allow room for Uber to launch in St. Louis, the largest U.S. market the app-based car service. But the MTC delayed deciding on the biggest obstacle barring Uber from St. Louis: charging a $25 minimum fare. Uber, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Who Needs Uber? County Cab, Yellow Cab App Hits 25,000 Downloads in St. Louis

    So you need a ride. You pull out your phone, place the order in an app, watch as the tiny blinking car on the map comes closer to your location, go outside when a text message tells you your ride has arrived and pay with a credit card via the app. Sounds like Lyft or Uber, right? But it's not. Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Lyft vs. Taxis: St. Louis Alderman and Cabbie Debate St. Louis' Transportation Future

    With St. Louis potentially days away from allowing Uber to launch here legally, two of the men leading the dialogue about ridesharing in the Lou faced off debate-style at the Royale Monday night. Cheered on by a happily-buzzed crowd of about 30 people, Alderman Scott Ogilvie advocated for rideshari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    5 Reasons Why Getting Marijuana Delivered in the Mail is Awesome

    Police in St. Ann claim that legalized marijuana in other states are causing a big influx of weed to come into the area. But even if that's true, is it really a bad thing? Stories like this pop-up around the country every few weeks. And ever since marijuana laws have progressed more towards sanity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Judge Delays Hearings on Lyft's Future in St. Louis

    A full week of deliberations just isn't enough. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Joan Moriarty ordered a ten-day break before the hearings over ride-sharing app Lyft's future in St. Louis can continue. After hearing from all of the witnesses, Moriarty asked counselors from Lyft and from the Metrop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Lyft Fights Injunction in St. Louis Court: "It's Just Not Fair"

    The future of Lyft in St. Louis isn't final yet. A St. Louis judge delayed ruling on an injunction that would ban the ride-sharing app from operating in the Lou Wednesday until she could hear further testimony. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which regulates cars-for-hire in the city and cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Lyft's Court Date Gets Pushed Back, Uber Gets Support from Mayor Slay

    Lyft will have its day in court. Just not yet. The smartphone-based ride-sharing app is fighting a temporary restraining order that prohibits Lyft from operating in St. Louis without a ride-for-hire license. The restraining order, filed by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, will stay in effect un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Carmel, St. Louis' Only Legal Car Service App, to Lyft: "Stop Crying and Start Complying"

    For weeks now, conversations about the rise of the ride-hailing apps, specifically Lyft and Uber, have dominated the news and social-media conversations in St. Louis. But few seem to remember St. Louis' original ride app, Carmel, which went live in March with none of the fanfare or drama of its com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    5 Things Cofounder John Zimmer Wants St. Louis to Know About Lyft

    Sure, Lyft isn't following the rules for ride-for-hire businesses in St. Louis. And why should they, asks the company's cofounder, John Zimmer. The rules were designed for taxis and car services, whereas he created Lyft to be something else entirely -- a peer-to-peer marketplace where anyone with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Judge Says Lyft Must Stop in St. Louis; Lyft Calls Restraining Order "Bullying and Intimidation"

    Lyft says it's staying on in St. Louis, even after a circuit court judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop the company from operating here. "Lyft is now live and providing safe rides and economic opportunity in 34 cities across the United States," Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Lyft Never Told New Drivers It's Technically Illegal, Not Licensed in St. Louis

    LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore. "I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else." Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Lou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Lyft Plans Weekend Launch in St. Louis, But Will the City Shut It Down?

    Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday. The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Carmel Personal Driver App Goes Live, Brings St. Louis into 2012

    It's official. Carmel Car & Limo is live in St. Louis, offering a car and personal driver at any time of day to anyone with a smartphone. App-based car services have spread rapidly since launching as startups in Silicon Valley, and they now serve more than 35 U.S. cities and dozens of countries. Ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Rider's Residency: Amtrak Offers Free Long-Distance Train Rides to Writers

    For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Carmel Car App Postpones Debut, Makes It Up to St. Louis With Free Money

    Carmel Limousine, St. Louis' first app-based car-hailing service, won't be ready for another week. The company hoped to start St. Louis service on Monday, officially bringing the Lou into the growing circle of dozens of major American cities with access to a car and driver at the push of a button.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    How to Use Carmel, St. Louis' First Smartphone-Based Car Service

    It's not Uber. It's not Lyft. Turns out, New York City's Carmel is the first app-based ride-hailing service to cross the finish line into St. Louis, and they beat the competition by following the rules.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Taxis, Beware: St. Louis to Get First App-Based Car Service

    St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    St. Louis Has Nation's Third Worst "Moving Deficit" (More People Leaving Than Arriving)

    Metro St. Louis had more people moving out of the region than moving in this summer, according to data from St. Louis-based United Van Lines. The nation's largest moving firm, United has been tracking annual domestic migration for the past 36 years on a state-by-state basis. Over the past two years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Mizzou Journalism Program Not Allowed to Use Drones, Feds Say

    The Federal Aviation Administration has put the kibosh on the Missouri School of Journalism's groundbreaking drone program. "Based on your university website, you are currently operating a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) without proper authorization," reads the letter sent to Scott Pham, founder an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Lambert Airport: Jet Linx, Private Company, To Take Former Missouri Air National Guard Site

    Some development news this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport: A jet company is moving in! Airport officials announced yesterday that Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members, will have a new base in St. Louis utilizing facilities formerly used for the Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Last Shot: The Postal Service Deliver a Much Needed Boost

    [Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Lambert Airport to Offer Free Wi-Fi Service!

    Something cool is happening at Lambert Airport, guys! It will soon offer free Wi-Fi! For twenty minutes, that is. Airport officials announced this week that it plans to "modify its Wi-Fi network" to enable passengers and visitors to connect to wireless Internet access for free for one daily logi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Chief Sam Dotson, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce Support Use Of Drones In Police Chases

    While some are concerned that drones may violate privacy rights through increased surveillance, two key law enforcement officials in St. Louis have now formally expressed interest in the technology -- which they say could be a helpful tool in police chases. "One significant issue that I believe th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Drones In St. Louis? City Officials Mention Technology As Potential Crime-Fighting Tool

    "There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    The Shins at the Pageant, 6/5/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    The Shins | The Antlers | Deep Sea Diver June 4, 2012 The Pageant "Should I be surprised at the amount of fist-pumping happening in the audience?" I wondered to myself last night on the Pageant floor during the Shins first song of the night, "Phantom Limb," from 2007's Wincing the Night Away. It wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    The Reconfigured Shins Returns to Reclaim An Indie Rock Crown

    The Shins was indie-rock royalty, ruling the last decade with a often-brilliant combination of soft-spoken and frenetic music. Yet the band seemed to evaporate after the release of 2007's Wincing the Night Away, leaving fans to either listen to Oh Inverted World for a much-needed nostalgic fix or to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    USPS Begins Budget Cuts in Springfield and Cape Girardeau

    ​The Springfield and Cape Girardeau mail processing centers will be consolidated this year by the United States Postal Service, at a cost of 136 positions combined. Some of those jobs may be transferred to the Kansas City and Downtown St. Louis Sorting and Processing Facilities, which are assuming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Cop Ganks Dank, Feds Spank

    ​Here's why your package from Humboldt didn't arrive in time for Christmas: Sergeant Larry J. Davis of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department enjoys his job so much that he allegedly took work home with him on a regular basis. Davis is assigned to the Central Patrol Division-Special Operatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    St. Louis: A Dog-Eat-Mailman World and City Health Director Wearing MilkBone Underwear

    ​Remember one those classic intros to Cheers when Norm walks into the bar and Woody asks him how he's doing? Norm responds: "It's a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing MilkBone underwear." I recalled that scene this morning when reading the latest dust up regarding St. Louis' problem with st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Today's Inaugural China Hub Flight Gets Mascot: Ghost of Herve Villechaize

    Look, boss! The plane! The plane!​Media is invited this afternoon to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to witness the first of what city officials hope will be thousands of more cargo flights from China. The China Cargo Airlines jet is scheduled to land at 4 p.m. The governor, local official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Post Offices In St. Louis May Be on the National Chopping Block

    ​When's the last time you sent a letter...or mailed anything at all besides a rent check? It's probably been a while; you probably do most of your correspondence online.The United States Post Office is taking notice. Today, the USPS released a list of 3,653 post offices nationwide to be studied fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Receding River Allows Amtrak to Restore Full Service to Kansas City

    Amtrak: Now free to move about Missouri.​Amtrak will restore full service between St. Louis and Kansas City beginning Wednesday. Flooding along the Missouri River forced Amtrak to reduce its runs between the two cities earlier this month after Union Pacific switched more of its freight traffic ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Swollen Missouri River Forces Amtrak to Reduce St. Louis to Kansas City Service

    The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.​Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Air Cargo Analyst Stands By Criticism of St. Louis China Hub

    Michael Webber: Says St. Louis is paying to hear what it wants to about the China Hub.​Michael Webber, an air-cargo consultant based out of Kansas City, took a lot of heat yesterday from Daily RFT commenters when we re-published some of his thoughts on St. Louis' plans to transform Lambert Field i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    St. Louis China Hub Called Infeasible; Won't Deliver Jobs or Flights

    Look! Is that a Chinese cargo jet about to land in St. Louis, or just pie in the sky?​Air cargo consultant Michael Webber does not mince words then it comes to questioning the promises tied to the proposed Midwest China Hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Webber argues that the cargo h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    1,000 St. Louis Bricklayers on Strike

    city-data.comBricklayers' handiwork accents a typical St. Louis street.​St. Louis is renowned for its brick architecture, but don't expect to see a lot of new masonry going up in the immediate future. That's because as of 12 a.m. yesterday, the 1,000 members of Bricklayers Local 1 are on strike. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Teachers Union Case v. Charter School District Going to MO Supreme Court

    Teachers' rights to bargain collectively in Missouri are now headed to the state supreme court.​Are Missouri school boards required to collectively bargain with unions representing their faculties -- and, even more importantly, to do so in good faith?That's the question now heading to the Missouri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    St. Louis is Tops in Postal Carrier Dog Bites

    It's up to you to prevent this.​We're No. 5! Celebratory chomps all around.OK, it's not actually that funny. The U.S. Postal Service today released data on the nation's top cities for dog attacks on postal carriers, and St. Louis tied for fifth (along with San Antonio) with 39 attacks in 2010. Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Missouri Lawmakers Want to Derail High-Speed Train

    The passenger train route from St. Louis to KC as seen today and the foreseeable future.​Republican legislators today rejected an attempt to place into the state budget a provision for high-speed rail linking St. Louis to Kansas City. Last month, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri would bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Nixon Wants Florida's Sloppy Seconds

    Kansas City Here I Come?​The Cardinals are scheduled to square off against the Royals in an interleague series beginning May 2 in Kansas City. Warning to all fans traveling by train: The tracks ain't exactly in perfect shape, and the schedule isn't always reliable. At least that's what Gov. J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Lambert Cabbie Fees: Update on Drivers' Suit Against Taxicab Commission

    An extra airport fee to fund the taxicab commission is legal, its lawyer says.​Last week, we told you about the lawsuit filed by a pair of taxi drivers, alleging that the $1 fee assessed on cabs leaving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an illegal tax.But within days of the class action s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Fair Trade? U.S. Nearly Swapped F-16s for Frozen Chicken

    ​Reuters released a special report last week about how post-Cold War diplomats were put to work advocating for U.S. business interests abroad, at times straddling the line between being diplomats and hucksters. Case in point: American company Lockheed Martin wanted to unload some F-16 fighte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Drunk Pulled From Illinois River​A ferry boat operator and a brave sheriff's deputy teamed up to rescue a Calhoun County man from the icy Illinois River on Saturday. Charles Sidwell, 58, of Kampsville, sent his his 2002 Grand Cherokee flying into the river around 10:30 p.m. February 19 when he failed to s ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011

    Oberhofer/Flaming Death Trap/Dubb Nubb

    9 p.m. Wednesday, January 26. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    How Much Are Lobbyists Spending on Your St. Louis Alderman?

    kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.​Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Postal Worker Stole $2,500 in Birthday Money From Wash. U. and Fontbonne Kids

    image viaIs nothing sacred?​Thomas Riner, who sorted mail at the U.S. Postal Service processing center downtown, was convicted in a federal court last Wednesday, November 10, of nine counts of mail tampering and one count of mail theft. All ten cases involved taking money and gift cards from b ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    St. Louis to Chicago in Under Four Hours By Train

    It may be possible in the not-too-distant future. Yesterday President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a high-speed rail network throughout the United States. A Midwestern route -- with a hub based in Chicago -- could go online in 2012 connecting the Windy City with Milwaukee and Detroit. Another lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    St. Louis Gets a Grand Central Station (Sort Of)

    On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    Boeing vs. Airbus: The Winning Bird Might Be Too Big

    You may have had your fill of the Boeing vs. Northrop Grumman/European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) air force tanker brouhaha. But I don't recall reading as many specifics of Boeing's protest as former RFT staffer Mike Seely offers in a blog post at our sister paper Seattle Weekly. Seely sp ... More >>

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