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RiverBender.com | Oct 31, 2014

The Riverbend Growth Association handed out its annual Captain of the Riverbend Awards on Thursday during a luncheon at Lewis and Clark Community College. Three businesses and two local municipalities were honored for public enhancement, community service and economic enhancement of the region.

RiverBender.com | Oct 30, 2014

If you are a rental property owner, or have ever considered getting into the business, there's an event on Saturday that could help you take that first step. The Rental Property Owners Association of the Riverbend is putting on a seminar on Saturday that will cover a number of topics important to the business.

KMOV-TV Saint Louis | Oct 30, 2014

ALTON, Ill This Halloween police will be cracking down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is statistically a dangerous night for drunk driving.

KSDK-TV Saint Louis | Oct 30, 2014

Someone is apparently giving away free cash to kids, but police say it's not a case of unexpected kindness. Suspicious man handing out cash to kids Someone is apparently giving away free cash to kids, but police say it's not a case of unexpected kindness.

RiverBender.com | Oct 30, 2014

The Southwestern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross based in Alton is helping in the response to this week's apartment fire in Godfrey. Ten people are looking for a new home following a Tuesday afternoon blaze in the 100 block of Woodbury Apartments on Humbert Road about a mile north of Alton High School.

RiverBender.com | Oct 29, 2014

Firefighters from four area departments battled an apartment building fire in Godfrey on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured, as occupants of one apartment were able to escape before rescuers arrived.

RiverBender.com | Oct 29, 2014

The annual Halloween Parade in Bethalto is tonight. It's one of three parades this week in the Riverbend and it looks like the weather should cooperate.

RiverBender.com | Oct 28, 2014

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton is celebrating a new grant that is being made possible through Delta Dental of Illinois. The company has awarded nearly $100,000 to a dozen Illinois organizations.

RiverBender.com | Oct 28, 2014

A concert and silent art auction is being held in a couple of weeks to benefit the Catholic Children's Home in Alton. Called "An Evening of Art and Jazz," the event will be held in the Hathaway Hall at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey.

RiverBender.com | Oct 27, 2014

The City of Alton will be closing a portion of 6th Street through at least mid-week. Illinois American Water Company will be performing water main repairs between Alton and Alby Streets through at least Wednesday.

RiverBender.com | Oct 26, 2014

The Bethalto Halloween Parade is one of the many cities hosting parades this Halloween season. It will take place in Bethalto on Wednesday, October 29th.

RiverBender.com | Oct 24, 2014

The Alton City Council received an update to the city's Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan at its meeting this week. The city is required to have with a transition plan since it has 50 or more employees.

RiverBender.com | Oct 24, 2014

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton is celebrating a new partnership that is expected to breathe new life into the volunteer program. Plans were unveiled on The Big Z's Pat Heston Show this week to open a new location in Bethalto.

RiverBender.com | Oct 22, 2014

Senior Services Plus in Alton will be the site of a health fair featuring a plethora of information today. SSP has partnered with the Older Adults Health Council to put together a "Just For The Health Of It" Health Fair for Seniors and organizers say the event will feature numerous organizations offering health information and free health screenings.

RiverBender.com | Oct 22, 2014

If you are a customer of bars and restaurants in Alton, you may soon see more cigarette diffusers near the doors. The Alton City Council is set to vote on a resolution that would make bar and restaurant owners place them near their businesses.

RiverBender.com | Oct 21, 2014

In local police reports provided this morning to The Big Z, police in Alton had to deal with a minor fire Monday after 7:00pm that was caused by a motor at the Law Enforcement Center. There were no injuries or evacuations as the fire was quickly put out by the Alton Fire Department.

RiverBender.com | Oct 21, 2014

The Alton City Council is expected to approve a redevelopment agreement with Advanced Outsource Solutions, a division of Challenge Unlimited at its meeting tomorrow night. The agreement will help the company move into a warehouse at the Alton Center Business Park.

The University News | Oct 31, 2014

Manchester Avenue, a well-known road in the Grove, features a variety of atypical establishments. Rise Coffee House earns its spot with an allure that distinguishes it from the numerous coffee shops in the area.

Missourian | Oct 31, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after August's violent protests and civic unrest made him a target of critics, who called him "silent Jay" and toted an over-sized cardboard cutout of the governor's visage to protests. Now, north St. Louis County regularly appears on the governor's planner, with Nixon rolling out a succession of economic, educational and political initiatives aimed at the racial and social divides laid bare when the 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Business Journal | Oct 30, 2014

It pays to work for the airport. Of the top 10 highest-paid employees working for the City of St. Louis, four work for Lambert-St.

The Lebanon Daily News | Oct 30, 2014

The Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition will hold its annual Membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Snyder Hall at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 600 S. 12th St., Lebanon. Ross Willard, founder of Recycle Bikes in Harrisburg, will speak on the topic, "It's not just about bikes; It's about people."

River Front Times | Oct 30, 2014

If there's one thing that unites our city besides baseball, it's our love of doughnuts. From Florissant to Wentzville, Overland to south city, the landscape is dotted with one mom-and-pop shop after another.

River Front Times | Oct 30, 2014

Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place.

Final Call | Oct 30, 2014

Human rights violations suffered during protests in a predominantly Black suburb outside St. Louis were documented in "On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson," a report by Amnesty International USA. Amnesty released the report as protests continued amid demands for justice for Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot to death in Ferguson, Mo., in August by Darren Wilson, a White police officer.

AltWeeklies | Oct 29, 2014

Darren Wilson will not be charged with first-degree murder, and there's a good chance he won't be indicted for any crime, say attorneys who are following -- but are not directly involved -- in the grand-jury investigation of the Ferguson police officer. Every week Riverfront Times holds a mirror up to St. Louis and challenges the city to look itself in the proverbial eye.

The Washington Post | Oct 29, 2014

Last month , I posted a long investigation of how the 80-plus municipal courts and 90-plus municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty by extracting money from residents for minor infractions such as moving violations, occupancy permit violations, business permit violations and code violations. It's a system built on a history of racial discrimination, one that supports far too many towns and the public officials who work for them considering the size of the county, and one that makes the survival of some of those towns contingent on issuing an extraordinary number of citations, arrest warrants and fines.

KMOV-TV Saint Louis | Oct 28, 2014

AUGUST 15: Congressman Lacy Clay speaks to demonstrators gathered along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting and death of Michael Brown on August 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Tonight's demonstration again ended with protestors clashing with police followed by more looting.

KSDK-TV Saint Louis | Oct 28, 2014

Community leaders respond to violence involving young victims More children are caught in the crossfire of shootings across St. Louis. Check out this story on KSDK.com: http://on.ksdk.com/1u17fJY A four-year-old was shot in the ankle as he sat on his porch with his family near Kennerly Avenue.

River Front Times | Oct 28, 2014

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 , it was a major victory for same-sex marriage supporters. There was dancing in the streets and rainbow flags were a-wavin' as the highest court in the land said it was unconstitutional for the federal government to deny benefits to married gay couples.

Philly.com | Oct 28, 2014

Philadelphia's Century 21 department store opens October 23, 2014 in the Gallery at Eighth and Market Streets. Customers who sign up for "C21" status will be allowed to shop this week leading up to the official official ribbon-cutting set for the morning of Oct. 28. For an official debut: If you weren't able to make it over to the new Century 21 department store yet, you can be one of the first to officially welcome it to Philadelphia with an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony .

Indybay.org | Oct 28, 2014

Following the initial protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Amnesty International USA dispatched a human rights delegation which included observers to monitor the protests and police response. Today, the human rights organization has released a new report, On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson , documenting the human rights concerns witnessed first-hand by Amnesty International while in Ferguson from August 14-22, 2014.

A law colleague at Washington University, St. Louis forwards the following "internal audit" memo sent to the faculty "as a sign of how things are changing even at higher-ranked law schools. I am particularly concerned that the questionnaire is silent about scholarship even though it was sent to all tenured and tenure-track faculty.

River Front Times | Oct 27, 2014

Own a gun in Missouri? Legally? With a concealed carry license? Well, congratulations are in order, because you can open carry that gun all you want, seemingly anywhere, and nobody -- not St. Louis mayor Francis Slay, state legislators or the cops -- will stop you.

WICU12 Erie | Oct 27, 2014

St. Louis, MO -- A two-year old boy is the latest child to be caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting in St. Louis. It happened Saturday afternoon a block north of Soldan High School on North Union Blvd. St. Louis police report bullets struck the child in both legs around 2:30pm.

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