Missouri Minute: Aldermanic president wins primary; ongoing opposition to St. Louis City-County merger

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St. Louis shocked your Chicago-raised newsletter writer by coming in at No. 2 on Yelp’s list of best “foodie cities.” Take a moment to let that sink in. We also have information about the affordability of St. Louis homes, ongoing opposition to the Better Together merger, and the growth of the True/False Film Fest.

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Columbia restaurateur builds business focused on service, plant-based diet

When Leigh Lockhart opened a vegetarian restaurant in 1997, the average American ate nearly 205 pounds of poultry and red meat. Lockhart wanted to stick with her values, despite knowing she was outside the norm.

AMC improves earnings, remains bullish amid streaming challenge

Though mobile movie streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix pose a threat for movie theaters, AMC’s chief executive said increased 2018 revenue and earnings are cause for optimism.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen president wins primary

Lewis Reed, the three-term incumbent, won his closest Democratic primary yet. He is a near lock to be re-elected in April’s general election. (St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis is one of the most affordable cities for homeownership in the U.S.

Low-earning families have better shot of homeownership in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis than in other large metros. (Bloomberg)

Stop Merger group looks to prevent St. Louis City-County merger

The Clayton-based group aims to raise $2.5 million and attend community gatherings to drum up support. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Large legal awards from the St. Louis court system could be reduced in future

The Missouri Senate passed a bill trying to limit awards in cases with multiple plaintiffs combining similar lawsuits. (Associated Press)

Mid-Missouri lawmaker tries to restructure size of state legislature

Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, wants to reduce the House from 163 to 120 and increase the Senate from 34 to 40. (Missourinet)

More movies in Missouri? Yeah, it might happen. 

Some state lawmakers want to bring back tax credits for expenses incurred by movie makers to spur film production in Missouri. (Columbia Missourian)

St. Louis claims No. 2 spot on Yelp’s “Top 10 Foodie Cities”

The city is a “Midwest hotspot” and “holds a wealth of to-die-for eateries,” according to a new report from the restaurant review service. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Say that again

“Whether you like hiking or making barbecue sauce or riding horses or doing whatever … I think it’s important for people to have something like this, something besides their normal career.”

Chris Brown is a startup lawyer in Kansas City with a passion for barbecue. Now, barbecue is more than just his hobby. The self-proclaimed “part-time lawyer, full-time entrepreneur” runs a small business selling his Sweet & Sassy Brownie’s Barbecue sauce with his father, Startland News reports.

Go figure


That’s how many tickets were sold for this year’s True/False Film Fest, the Columbia Missourian reports. That’s down about 2 percent from last year — although this year’s festival, which wrapped Sunday, was affected by the weekend’s winter storm. Despite the dip in attendance, the documentary film festival continued to generate positive buzz for Columbia, including a Los Angeles Times column hailing the event as one that brings documentaries to “a real audience in a real town.”

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