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New life in Old Town Florissant: a bakery, pizzeria and brewery take form amid a pandemic

FLORISSANT — A few new businesses cropping up in Old Town Florissant are defying the often-bleak picture painted of north St. Louis County, and they’re doing it amid a pandemic that’s keeping people home.

A craft bakery is set to open for to-go orders in the coming weeks. A wood-fired pizza place began carryout in June. And a brewery making its beer in the basement of a mainstay Italian restaurant is readying to open its own tap room sometime next year.

Florissant has struggled to keep some of its larger retailers. While the population of the county’s biggest city has stabilized, it was hit by a wave of brick-and-mortar closings in recent years, including Lowe’s, Pier 1, Kmart and Shop ‘n Save. And in scenes reminiscent of its neighbor Ferguson, Florissant has been a major target of protests this summer after one of its officers was caught on camera striking a Black man with a police vehicle. The officer has been fired.

But the owners of these three Old Town businesses all live in Florissant. Some grew up here. And they are investing in the town they love even as the coronavirus decimates shops and restaurants here and everywhere.

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-life-in-old-town-florissant-a-bakery-pizzeria-and-brewery-take-form-amid-a/article_f7b84863-9ad5-5809-ad82-60fb1df5a03f.html

To Expand Or Not To Expand Medicaid: Missouri Voters To Decide In August

After years of debating whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri, voters will finally get the chance to decide in the August primary election.

Currently, the government-funded health insurance program for low-income Missourians and those with disabilities takes up roughly one-third of the state’s $35 billion budget. Supporters of expansion say there are still significant gaps in coverage.

Missouri has some of the strictest eligibility requirements in the country, said Traci Gleason, with the Missouri Budget Project, an organization that analyzes state finances.

“If you’re not a custodial parent, and you’re not a senior or disabled, you cannot access Medicaid,” Gleason said. “The small sliver of adults that we cover, those custodial parents, we cover at the lowest eligibility level allowed by federal law.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/expand-or-not-expand-medicaid-missouri-voters-decide-august

Illinois Dedicates Marijuana Tax Dollars To Underserved Areas

Illinois will distribute $31.5 million in grants over the next year to local nonprofits, faith- or community-based organizations and governmental bodies to address issues in historically underserved parts of the state.

The money for these grants comes from 25% of the tax revenue the state collects from recreational marijuana sales.

It’s part of Illinois’ Restore, Reinvest and Renew program, known as R3, which aims to fund local projects around civil legal aid, economic development, re-entry from prison, violence prevention and youth development.

This initial funding is one of the first indications of how Illinois plans to help address longstanding issues in underserved communities, which was key to the success of passing cannabis legalization.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-dedicates-marijuana-tax-dollars-underserved-areas

Tens Of Thousands Of Missourians Lose Health Insurance After Coronavirus Job Losses

The number of people without health insurance has grown by an estimated 100,000 in Missouri and 186,000 in Illinois since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the nonprofit Families USA.

Coronavirus-related job losses have meant families are living without health care during a time they need it most, the researchers said. Many fearing high hospital bills are forgoing medical care and putting their lives at risk, doctors said.

“Many, many people, millions of people, have lost their job, said Rachel Garfield, co-director of the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “And for many Americans, health insurance is tied to their employment.”

An estimated 613,000 adults are now without health insurance in Missouri, according to Families USA.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tens-thousands-missourians-lose-health-insurance-after-coronavirus-job-losses

Page To Announce New Restrictions To Help Keep The Coronavirus From Spreading

Alarmed about a growing number of coronavirus cases, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Monday will announce a new round of restrictions aimed at keeping the virus from spreading rapidly.

Since March, more than 42,000 people in Missouri have tested positive for the virus. In the bi-state St. Louis region, more than 25,000 have. The number of coronavirus cases in the St. Louis region is up by more than 27% since last week.

Page said in a statement Sunday that members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task and other health experts are concerned about the increase.

“New restrictions must be put in place to slow the community spread of this virus,” he said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/page-announce-new-restrictions-help-keep-coronavirus-spreading?

Holy Karen' forcing people out of grocery store aisle

I command you in Jesus Christ's name to get off this aisle!'

An unmasked woman demonstrated a woeful misunderstanding of the biblical accounts of Jesus Christ casting out demons when she invoked the Lord’s name to force people out of a grocery store aisle.

The public tantrum took place at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Longview, Washington, according to TikToker @fiftyshadesofwhey, who uploaded the video yesterday. (They uploaded a longer version to Twitter as well.) The video shows a woman, hereby known as “Holy Karen,” bellowing at several masked shoppers to get out of her aisle so she can shop and ignore proper pandemic etiquette in peace.

https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/karen-grocery-store-jesus-demon-video/?

After traveling hundreds of miles, Bruno's journey comes to end in St. Louis metro region

ELSBERRY — Bruno's multi-state journey has come to an end.

Bruno, a black bear whose travels in recent weeks gained a following on social media, was tranquilized by the Missouri Department of Conservation as he wandered into the St. Louis metro region, according to a statement late Sunday by Elsberry police.

Police said Bruno was tranquilized for the safety of the public and for the bear, Elsberry police said in a Facebook post.

Bruno had become something of a sensation on social media as people spotted him trekking hundreds of miles through Illinois and into Missouri over the span of a month. He started his journey in Wisconsin in early June.

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/after-traveling-hundreds-of-miles-brunos-journey-comes-to-end-in-st-louis-metro-region/article_24b787d0-6391-5195-9658-09f05a4e8c77.html

Have the McCloskeys disbarred for Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Finger on the trigger it’s lucky no one was shot.

Some context for those outside of Saint Louis
Portland Place is a gated community street that
Is on the last neighborhood before the “delmar divide” all of the houses inside the neighborhood are 5mil - 25 mil. The delmar divide is an old segregation line that divided the black part of Saint Louis from the white; for over 100 years this neighborhood has stood there. When you drive up Kingshighway you go from seeing these million dollar mansions to boarded up houses and buildings falling apart within 500 feet of each other, it’s problematic to say the least. Over the weekend the mayor of St Louis Lyda Krewson not pictured below decided to read the names and addresses of protestors and defund the police organizers in a live press release( she later took it down) but not before the rally to have her resign formed. Yesterday hundreds marched into her gated community (the community police stood aside) (side note he is a great guy I spent many days as a teen in the neighborhood at a good friends grandmothers house just 5 houses down from this one). As the protestors made their way to the mayors house peacefully these two came out with a hand gun and an AR 15. The look in her eyes speaks volumes. They need to be held accountable. Brandishing a weapon with intent (as clearly displayed in this photo is a criminal offense when you are not in direct danger.

On 6/28/20 Mark & Patricia McCloskey, of McCloskey Law Center, pointed an AR and a handgun at nonviolent protestors who were passing through. Both Mark & Patricia are lawyers, and Patricia sits on the Missouri Bar Association Ethical Review Panel and is a part of the Board of Election Commissioners as a St. Louis City Committeewoman. Please share and contact the numbers and emails below.

Board of Election Commissioners
Phone: (314) 622-4336

Missouri Bar Association
Email: Mobar@mobar.org
Phone: (573) 635-4128
Alan D. Pratzel, Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Phone: (573) 635-7400

https://www.change.org/p/missouri-governor-have-the-mccloskeys-disbarred-for-aggravated-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon

Protester accidentally shoots self in foot outside Florissant police station

Protester accidentally shoots himself in foot outside of Florissant Police Department, police say

A protester accidentally shot themselves while demonstrating in front of the Florissant Police Department Tuesday night, according to police.

https://www.kmov.com/protester-accidentally-shoots-self-in-foot-outside-florissant-police-station/video_6104d84d-78ba-5d91-bb84-bebd7ba2340c.html

Florissant Officers cleared of any wrong doing

From the Facebook page of The Florissant Police Department regarding the other 2 officers who were in the vehicle driven by Officer Smith which ran down a suspect.

Officers cleared of any wrong doing

In regards to the two officers that were passengers in the police vehicle driven by former officer Smith at the time this incident occurred. After an independent investigation by the St. Louis County Police Department, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as an internal investigation by the Florissant Police Department, it has been determined that these two officers were cleared of any wrong doing and they will not face any criminal charges or disciplinary actions. They will return to work immediately.

Since the police department was made aware of the video capturing the incident on June 6th, Officer Smith was terminated June 10th and the other two officers in the vehicle were immediately placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and per department policy.

In the incident on June 2nd it is clearly shown in the video that both officers who were passengers in the police vehicle exited and ran in opposite directions of former officer Smith’s actions.

The Florissant Police Department has been very open and transparent since the video was seen. We immediately turned over all of the information to independent investigators as it became available so that this incident can be investigated fair and impartially.

Moving forward, we want to assure the residents of Florissant and communities all around the country that we have heard and listened to your concerns for justice in this case.

The Florissant Police Department will continue to be engaged in the community and will continue to provide the highest standards of Police services that our great community has come to expect.

The Florissant Police Department is an internationally accredited law enforcement agency that is committed to the residents of this community.
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