Local news roundup Oct. 20

Katie Bry | Contributing Reporter

St. Louis ranked as #2 best place for a job

St. Louis came in second place on the list of Best Cities Find Jobs on Glassdoor’s 2018 list, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. The city was ranked below only Pittsburgh on the list which evaluated three factors of a city: ease of finding a job, affordability to live in the city and satisfaction of employees.

Emerging industries in St. Louis such as tech and engineering open up the job market in the city, and can provide graduating students with many potential job opportunities. Additionally, St. Louis Business Journal ranked Washington University as the third largest employer in St. Louis.

White woman blocking black resident from apartment building

A racial incident in St. Louis made national news this week. As a black man entered his apartment building downtown, a white female resident attempted to block his entry into the building and demanded to see his key fob. D’Arreion Toles, the man entering his building, filmed the altercation with Hilary Thornton on his phone, and the video went viral.

In the video, Thornton asked Toles multiple times to show a key fob, in order to prove he lived in the building. She then proceeded to follow him in the elevator, all the way to his door to see him enter with his apartment with key. After receiving backlash Thornton defended her actions, she said she was not racial profiling him but following her building’s protocol by not letting someone in the building she did not know.

St. Louis may be home to the first hyperloop in the United States

Virgin Hyperloop One believes that Interstate 70, from St. Louis to Kansas City with a stop in Columbia, may be the best place to test out hyperloops as a feasible form of transportation for Americans.

Hyperloops can reach speeds up 670 mph and, if this one were to be built, passengers could potentially travel from St. Louis to Columbia, Mo. in 15 minutes and from St. Louis to Kansas City in 30 minutes.

Because each of these Missouri cities have major universities (Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri and University of Missouri-Kansas City), many believe this to be a great location for the innovative form of transportation. Additionally, the long flat terrain of I-70 is optimal for the hyperloop.

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