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Friday, March 23, 2018

Billy Busch, Anheuser-Busch Heir, Charged With Assaulting 6th Grader at Basketball Practice

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Billy Busch, great grandson of beer baron Adolphus Busch, is facing an assault charge for allegedly manhandling a sixth grader at his son's school. The 58-year-old Busch bloodied the boy's nose, dragged him by the front of his shirt and pinned him against a wall before the boy's father pulled...

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Ballwin Cop's Smartass Weekly Dispatches Are a Local Treasure

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 6:19 AM

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, Ballwin police officers were called out to an apartment complex to respond to a noise disturbance. The situation wound up being benign; it was, in fact, just a couple loudly having sex. Or, as the Ballwin PD put it in...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Very Scientific Breakdown of the 556 People St. Louis Gained in 2017

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 1:11 PM

So the St. Louis region is no longer in the top-20 nationwide. Big whoop! Let those nattering nabobs of negativity at the Post-Disgrace go in-depth on the bad news. Here at the RFT, we like to focus on the positive. And while we suspect some of you failed to...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lyft Is Offering Free Rides to St. Louis' March for Our Lives

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 12:35 PM

This Saturday, demonstrators across the country will take to the streets and march in support of gun reform, in a movement spurred by the Parkland school shooting that claimed the lives of seventeen students last month. St. Louis is one of the cities participating in the event; activists will...

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St. Louis Is Fighting TIF Reform in Jefferson City. That's BS

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Last week, the Missouri House of Representatives debated a bill that would provide meaningful reform to tax incentive financing deals across the state — increasing transparency on the tax breaks given to developers and empowering local school districts to have a say in the TIF process. House Bill 1236...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rural Missouri Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Indicted Again for Identity Theft

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Cory Hutcheson, the brash Trump-style crusader elected sheriff of Mississippi County, Missouri in 2016, is facing charges in federal court — eleven counts of identity theft. And if that all sounds a bit familiar, well, it might be. Hutcheson was indicted in April 2017, after just four months on...

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Get Busted with Marijuana in St. Louis, Pay a $25 Fine

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 9:27 AM

Good news for stoners: St. Louis has officially lowered the fine issued for small amounts of marijuana possession to just $25. In short, getting caught with pot in the city is now cheaper than an order of roasted chicken at Brasserie. The new amount is a decrease from the...

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At 16, Jessica Estes Was Shamed by a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Now She's Speaking Out

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 8:34 AM

When she was sixteen and worried that she was pregnant, Jessica Estes wound up at a Birthright clinic in St. Louis. It was free, for one thing. "It looked just like any other clinic," she recalls. But it wasn't. Rather, Birthright is a "crisis pregnancy center," and the organization's...

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Landlord Who Sexually Harassed 15 Tenants Must Pay Them $600K

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 1:15 PM

A north city landlord who allegedly subjected more than a dozen tenants to a hostile living environment must pay them a combined $600,000. That's under the terms of a settlement between Hezekiah Webb and the U.S. Department of Justice, which brought a lawsuit against Webb in federal court in...

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St. Louis County Fires Animal Shelter Director Beth Vesco-Mock

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 8:16 AM

Two months ago, St. Louis County's recently hired director of Animal Control & Care, Beth Vesco-Mock, was getting credit for leading the department's "culture shift" and lowering euthanasia rates. Now she's out of a job. As first revealed by Riverfront Times, Vesco-Mock had left her previous shelter job in...

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