Six months before St. Louis artist and music legend Bob Reuter fell to his death down an elevator shaft, state inspectors closed and padlocked the 95-year-old, poorly-functioning elevator in the condemned building. A Sunday report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found a Missouri inspector closed and ... More >>
Although House Speaker Tim Jones made it clear there would be no discipline for a legislative aide who left a loaded handgun in a men's restroom at the state's capitol building, Jones' spokesman Tom Smith now confirms that the aide has resigned. "I officially accepted the resignation of staff membe ... More >>
A little after 10 a.m. last Friday morning, police were called to a basement level bathroom at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City. Inside the second stall of the men's restroom, Missouri Capitol Police Officer Brian Quick discovered a 9mm handgun perched atop the toilet paper dispenser, still in ... More >>
It shouldn't be news to anyone that Anheuser Busch sells more beer than anyone else in Missouri, but we didn't realize how much more. A new report on 2012-2013 beer sales from the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, through it reveals a decline for the fourth year in a row, shows a maj ... More >>
Bob Reuter, a 61-year-old legend of the St. Louis music scene, died over the weekend in a tragic elevator accident at a downtown loft where he was reportedly moving. Our sister blog RFT Music has collected and written tributes to Reuter in the wake of his passing. But how did an accident like this ... More >>
Last month, in a story about the Camp Zoe case called "Shakedown," the RFT's Keegan Hamilton detailed the shocking process by which federal and state law enforcement authorities may legally seize cash, land or other valuables from a citizen -- even in cases in which the citizen has never been cha ... More >>
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has asked the St. Louis County police to investigate an incident Friday night in which Pine Lawn police chief Rickey Collins fired at a motorist who reportedly struck one of his officers. Pine Lawn police were operating a seat-belt checkpoint when a motor ... More >>
Who'd steal from this guy?Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday announced he has filed suit against a former Missouri Veterans Commission accountant for stealing funds from the commission. The lawsuit seeks to recover the stolen funds, which total more than $90,000. Between April 2005 and Ma ... More >>
Did you hear the guy who called in to Charlie Brennan's show on KMOX this morning? Said fella claimed that if you punch "St. Louis" or "Missouri" into the state treasurer's database of unclaimed property -- that's code for dinero, folks -- you'd find all kinds of local and state agencies with dol ... More >>
Woot! Get out your GPS and night-vision goggles, girls and boys: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a proclamation allowing Missouri to celebrate National Stalking Awareness Month!Wikimedia CommonsSniff, sniff! Do we smell a stalker?And what better time to promote awareness of a perv-y pastim ... More >>
On February 13 we posted a short piece by our new Editorial Fellow Nicholas Phillips, about Mardi Gras Inc. and its list of fine-able offenses by participants in the annual Soulard Mardi Gras parade.Above is an excerpt from the Mardis Gras Inc. parade application.After the jump is an e-mail Phillips ... More >>
It's too early to provide specifics, but yesterday I got wind of an effort to launch a new Mardi Gras festival in St. Louis. The group behind the proposal says they're tired of the commercialization of the Mardi Gras held each year in Soulard. As reported in a 2006 RFT cover story "Party Nazis," d ... More >>
The state scolds Mardi Gras Inc. for goose-stepping over the line.
Has Mardi Gras become a tool of mega-buck sponsors? That's what state and federal authorities are asking.
Buried in bureaucratic incompetence and scandal, Pine Lawn might be headed for a pine box.
Police consider early last-calls for Mardi Gras revelers
Whatcha gonna do about four Webster Groves cops accused of shenanigans with teenage girls?
The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.