Arkansas. Florida. Oklahoma. Idaho. Courts across the country are striking down bans against same-sex marriage so quickly that it's become a running gag in the Midtown offices of PROMO, a leading LBGT advocacy group in Missouri. "Almost every Friday, we see something major moving forward -- anothe ... More >>
Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy. We've been burned ... More >>
Drinking Anheuser-Busch products is basically the definition of 'Murica, so it's no surprise that the brewery is in full patriot mode for the World Cup. We're playing Belgium today, and A-B's famous clydesdales are super excited for it. Also, fighter jets. And motorcycles. Cheerleaders. SEQUINS. Se ... More >>
Uh oh, you don't look so good. You aren't feeling well, huh? Looks like you've come down with Soccer-itis. Time to call in to work. Now that that's done, let's talk about the only cure for the fever you've caught: watching the U.S. take on Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at 11 a.m. Thursday. If ... More >>
A proposed Missouri constitutional amendment would beef up state gun laws to match the "unalienable" rights in the Declaration of Independence, and that's setting off alarm bells with St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Both have filed lawsuits targeting state le ... More >>
George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
It was 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222) and I had just tried -- and failed -- for a third time to order the lobster roll. The restaurant -- which I have declared possibly the best new opening of 2014 -- does everything so sublimely, but I began to ... More >>
In what is being hailed as a historic step forward for marijuana law reform, the U.S. Congress has voted in favor of an amendment that could end Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana facilities -- but don't give much credit to Missouri's representatives. Twenty-one states have laws to ... More >>
When it comes to CrossFit, the new fitness craze that combines gymnastics, springs, jump training and Olympic weightlifting into short-but-brutal workouts, Missouri's reaction can be summed up in three letters: Meh. Real estate site Estately analyzed each state's love for the get-fit-quick trend an ... More >>
St. Louis fans have loved him for years, but Blues forward T.J. Oshie wasn't exactly a "star" around the rest of the league. Before the end of this season, his best year was 19 goals and 54 points. (He bested that by a few points this year.) And although he brings much more to the Blues than points, ... More >>
Tesla won a major legislative battle last week when Republican leadership decided to pump the brakes on a bill that would effectively have kicked the electric car company out of Missouri. Tesla, which has a service center in St. Louis, says it sells cars directly to consumers -- not through franchi ... More >>
Only one state in the country requires women to wait for three days to have an abortion -- even if they are the victim of sexual assault. That state is South Dakota, not Missouri. But unless Governor Jay Nixon vetoes a bill the Missouri Legislature sent to his desk this week, Missouri will extend ... More >>
A last-minute amendment added days before the end of Missouri's legislative session could block electric-car company Tesla from selling to customers in Missouri. Tesla decried the legislative maneuvering as a "sneak attack" that would "hurt consumer freedom in Missouri" after learning about the ame ... More >>
With only four days left in the legislative session, state senators took Missouri a step closer to tripling the mandated waiting period for women seeking abortions. The Senate passed a bill 22-9 early Tuesday morning that would require a woman to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before she could ... More >>
Metal music is a genre of music that transcends all parts of the world, and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East, recorded in Tokyo, the music h ... More >>
Gay marriage may be banned in Missouri's constitution, but gay divorce isn't. A lesbian couple in Columbia appears to be the first to get a divorce in the state, which officially banned gay marriage in 2004.
If your mother kept a job (or three) while she raised you, she deserves a heck of a Mother's Day present this year. A new study from the personal finance site WalletHub says Missouri is the ninth-worst state in America for working mothers, according to metrics including day care quality, gender pay ... More >>
Missouri's marijuana laws made an inch of progress last month, but they are still among the strictest in the nation and yes, you can still get arrested for a joint. However, people with severe epilepsy will have better access to medicine and the severest marijuana penalty in the country has been som ... More >>
Half of Illinoisans and a third of Missourians want to move to a different state. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans if they want to leave their home state. On average, 33 percent of people said they wanted to leave while 65 percent of people said they'd stay put. Missouri came in just above aver ... More >>
Save the date: September 25, 2014. That's when oral arguments will kick off in Barrier v. Vasterling, the most direct legal challenge to Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage since the amendment became law in 2004. "Missouri has traditionally recognized marriages from other states t ... More >>
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 >>