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Maryland Heights Named Missouri's 2013 Google eCity
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 21, 2013 - The 2013 Google eCity Awards identified the strongest online business communities in each state as part of the company's annual economic impact report.
"We are extremely proud to be recognized by Google for the strength of our online business community," Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller said. "The City Council and I have worked hard to make Maryland Heights a place where businesses can thrive, and this award is a good indication that our efforts have been successful."
Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states, evaluating them on criteria such as social media presence, eCommerce and Google AdWords penetration. The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity. The analysis also showed that Google helped generate $1 billion in economic activity in Missouri last year.
"The Internet plays a critical role in growing our local businesses and our local economies," said Scott Levitan, Google's director of small-business engagement. "With 97 percent of American Internet users looking online for local goods and services, businesses that make use of the web are growing twice as fast and creating twice as many jobs."
Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels Sold to Tropicana Entertainment
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in June announced that it intended to sell it's Lumiere Place Casino, HoteLumiere and the Four Seasons Hotel on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis, Missouri, subject to gaming regulatory approvals, in order to complete its acquisition of Ameristar Casinos in St. Charles, MO.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 18, 2013 - Pinnacle Entertainment said that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of Lumiere Place Casino, HoteLumiere, the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and related excess land parcels (collectively "Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels") to Tropicana Entertainment Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Tropicana will purchase Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels for cash consideration of approximately $260 million.
In a release, Anthony Sanfilippo, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, commented, "We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Tropicana and to sell the high quality assets underlying this transaction to an equally high quality operator of gaming entertainment properties. We are also pleased to reach this very important next step in addressing the Federal Trade Commission's concerns regarding the competitive dynamics of the St. Louis gaming market, and to progress toward fulfilling the divestiture conditions of the consent order that was accepted by the FTC on August 12th."
The sale of Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels is expected to close by the end of the 2014 first quarter, subject to the approval of the Missouri Gaming Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as customary closing conditions. The book carrying value for Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels was $401.5 million at June 30, 2013.
In 2006, Pinnacle Entertainment unveiled plans for the initial phase of Lumiere Place, representing an investment of nearly half a billion dollars. The project featured a large casino with approximately 2,000 slots and 40 table games and two hotels, including a new luxury property and the existing 297-suite Embassy Suites. The luxury hotel would include 200 rooms, a 10,000-square-foot spa, two fine-dining restaurants, and an expansive pool and garden area off the hotel lobby on the eighth floor, overlooking the Gateway Arch and the city skyline.
Company also owned or had an option to purchase all real estate in the Lumiere Place area, an approximately 20-acre redevelopment zone bounded by Third Street, Carr Street, Lenore K. Sullivan Drive and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.
When all phases of construction have been completed, it was projected that there would be a total of 220,810 sq ft of retail space and 375 high-end residential units within 8 towers overlooking the riverfront. Parking garages for nearly 2,200 cars were to be built adjacent to the railroad tracks along the riverfront. Lumiere Place project was never developed and the land was gifted to the City of St. Louis and Great Rivers Greenway in 2012. See related story Downtown St. Louis Receives Donations to Boost Tourism
Clayton Police Department Joins Crackdown to Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities
CLAYTON, MO, (SLFP.com), August 18, 2013 - From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Clayton, will run through September 2, 2013.
The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Clayton Police said its officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic.
"Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Chief Byrne. "In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1 1/4 days."
Chief Byrne added that holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.
During the Labor Day weekend in 2012, a total of three people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving impaired drivers or motorcycle riders. Of those fatalities, one occurred at noon and the other two at 10 p.m.
"Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Clayton's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period," said Chief Byrne.
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