In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal. By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.
A Washington Post article this week reported on the rise of heroin coming into the United States and mentions Mexican drug traffickers' "shrewd marketing strategy": targeting areas where prescription-drug abuse is high, including St. Louis. According to the story, drug cartels aren't making as much ... More >>
In what cycling enthusiasts are calling "the most important victory for bicycling in Missouri in 10 years -- and perhaps 100," an amendment cutting bicycles from potential transportation funding was defeated in a vote in the Missouri House on Tuesday.
Missouri's bicycling enthusiasts launched a grassroots campaign over the weekend after a legislator tried to take bicycles off the list of transportation methods eligible for more state funding. Rep. Paul Curtman, a Republican who represents Franklin County, says he doesn't want roads and bridges t ... More >>
For Missouri's LGBT population, the struggle to join the ranks of those protected from workplace discrimination -- like racial minorities, women, immigrants and the disabled -- is entering its fourteenth year. But LGBT advocates say things have changed since 2001, when lawmakers first attempted to ... More >>
Gay couples may be constitutionally banned from marrying in Missouri, but this year, for the first time, LGBT people who marry in other states and pay taxes here are allowed to file jointly, like any other married couple. Conservative, "pro-family" activists want to change that. They've tried lawsu ... More >>
Standup comics are rarely one-trick ponies nowadays. Some act in movies, others in sitcoms and a handful even take a crack at the music business. But only a small minority ever host their very own TV show. The Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell ran on FX for two seasons, making t ... More >>
Ever since Illinois' attorney general told gay couples last week they could apply now for marriage licenses instead of waiting until June 1, things have been a little confusing. Officials are deciding on a county-by-county basis whether their clerk's office is ready to take applications. Sometimes, ... More >>
Madison and St. Clair counties, both just across the river from St. Louis, are allowing same-sex couples to marry three months ahead of schedule.
As this hellish winter slowly comes to an end, you may start to notice something strange in Missouri's lakes and ponds: Lots and lots of dead fish. Apparently, Missourians are braving the slowly climbing temperatures only to find their nearby body of water full of dead fish.
There is probably no drug more vilified these days than meth, and Missouri is often said to be the capital of meth production. That's not something to be proud of considering many people think the average meth user smokes bathtub cleaner chemicals before arrested for biting -- with their last two go ... More >>
An annual Gallup poll shows Missouri's well-being has taken a beating in the last year. Missouri dropped in the rankings to No. 43 from No. 38, putting the Show-Me State in the bottom quintile with West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
The controversial Second Amendment Protection Act has cleared the first legislative hurdle to becoming Missouri law. Sponsored by Republican State Senator Brian Nieves, the bill, SB 613, would nullify federal gun laws and treat federal agents enforcing those laws as criminals. Yesterday, the Misso ... More >>
Big data has hit the bedroom. Our tantric trysts have earned Missouri a fifth place spot on a state-by-state ranking of how long it takes to have sex. With an average duration time of four minutes and 22 seconds, Missouri comes in just behind No. 4 South Carolina and before No. 6 Michigan.
See update below: The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the state over its decade-old constitutional ban on gay marriage. Following in the footsteps of overturned same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah, the organization filed suit this afternoon in a Kansas City court on beh ... More >>
Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles ushered in a new era in pop music and youth culture when they made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While the four lads from Liverpool were still mostly unknown to Americans in 1964, they were already the most hyped rock and roll band in U.S ... More >>
Watching the 2014 Super Bowl commercials, one thing is clear: These companies are shooting for virality. Just being seen by millions of TV viewers isn't enough anymore. For marketers to be happy with their extremely expensive Super Bowl commercials, they have to be shared, liked, clicked, tweeted ... More >>
The Department of Justice says that in 2011, Missouri led the nation in prison rape. The study, which was released last month, looked at sexual misconduct incidents in 700 state and federal prisons beginning in 2009 and going through 2011. It accounted for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, as well ... More >>
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
As politicians argue that Missouri women need mandatory waiting periods before deciding to have an abortion, a University of Missouri masters student told lawmakers she'd wait 72 hours before testifying against waiting periods so they'd know she meant what she said.
Missouri has a lot of state things: a state bird (bluebird,) a state instrument (the fiddle,) a state fossil (Crinoidea) and even a state dessert (the ice cream cone.) Now, Missouri legislators want to add two state dogs, one historical dog and one wonder dog. A bill before the Missouri Legislatur ... More >>
Missouri. Missuruh. Mizurah. Standard pronunciation is hard to come by in the Show-Me State. But that's nothing compared to cities and towns in Missouri that use faux-French, hick or just plain made-up pronunciations. If you've ever been laughed at by someone for referring to Nevada, Versailles or ... More >>
Marijuana legalization is one step closer to finding a place on your 2014 ballot. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander released 13 petitions Wednesday asking whether Missouri should legalize sale and consumption of the drug, including for medical purposes, expunge marijuana-related offenses fro ... More >>
It used to be that a prisoner's debt to society could be paid on a chain gang by breaking rocks and clearing fields. In Missouri today, however, convicts are growing tomatoes, okra, pumpkins and carrots. The Missouri Department of Corrections announced earlier this month that its Restorative Justi ... More >>
For felons, getting a job is tough, so getting money for food isn't easy. Food stamps can help tide one over until some benevolent employer offers them a job. But people who have drug felonies are out of luck because Missouri bans them from getting food stamps. Missouri is one of only nine states t ... More >>
Payday lenders have such a good racket, even judges are confused about why it's legal. A ProPublica investigation published in the Post-Dispatch Sunday details nightmare tales of Missourians taking out small loans - sometimes as low as $100 - and having to pay back that amount several times over. B ... More >>
Sorry, St. Louis. The news that the Bosnia-Herzegovina national soccer team will play its next international friendly against the United States here in River City is probably nothing more than a rumor.
The art of cartography is not dead. As Internet news becomes more visual and personalized, interesting maps seem to go viral once a week. These online maps aren't meant for navigation -- we have GPS for that -- but whether they're created by geographers, sociologists or idiot British people, there' ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In this new column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring-book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes because your socks are about to be blown off.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is ... More >>
Same-sex marriage is officially the law of the land in Illinois. If you're thinking of crossing the river to tie the knot, you probably have questions. Equality Illinois, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, will be hosting Q&A forums throughout December. (See dates below.) Until then, here are six c ... More >>
Missouri's neighbor Illinois officially became the sixteenth state to approve same-sex marriage on Wednesday, when Governor Pat Quinn signed the historic bill into law. The new rules won't go into effect until June 1, giving gay couples time, as Democratic Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon put it, " ... More >>
Missouri governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday afternoon requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns for legally married same-sex couples in Missouri. The order means same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes. The change follows a rul ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Labor will increase the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour from $7.35 on January 1. The 15 cent increase follows a 2006 ballot measure where Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved cost of living increases for the state minimum wage. As prices of everyday goods -- including ... More >>
These days, it's all about eating local. For the 26th Annual Feast Beast on December 13, Missourians go super local: the dinner is based around wild game donated by local hunters. Hosted by Stone Hill Winery (1110 Stone Hill Highway; 800-909-9463) in Hermann, the terroir-heavy fundraiser benefits th ... More >>
The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>
Missourians may not be able to legally smoke marijuana for quite some time, but it's not because drag queens aren't doing their part. At the Attitudes nightclub in the Grove, a contingent of drag queens and burlesque dancers hosted a benefit for Show-Me Cannabis Sunday night, when all door charges ... More >>
A couple weeks ago, Gut Check came into possession of some mystery produce: the pawpaw fruit. As soon as we learned some of its common nicknames, "a poor man's banana" and "American custard apple," we were intrigued. What is this? Where did it come from? What can we do with it? Enter Andy Moore, w ... More >>
The progressive think tank Center for American Progress just released an exhaustive, nation-wide analysis of women's treatment in the U.S. titled "The State of Women in America."
MECC's elementary school computer lab classic The Oregon Trail probably taught its users relatively little about American History. The lasting impression the game did leave was the idea that choices have consequences and that, sometimes, bad things just happen, regardless of how well you plan for th ... More >>
Unlike the governors of four other states that ban gay marriage, Governor Jay Nixon did not block the Missouri National Guard from providing full military benefits to same-sex couples. The governors of Louisiana, Texas , Mississippi and, most recently, Oklahoma ordered their own state's National G ... More >>