In Champaign, this Bud lab's for you! The world's largest brewer has announced it is headed to school. Anheuser-Busch InBev is opening a data analytics center called "Bud Lab" at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. The company says the lab will study "assortment optimization" along with social media and market trends and other "large-scale data initiatives." So far, the facility has several interns, most of whom have backgrounds in statistics and industrial engineering. Officials say that future student workers will most likely be those studying math, business and computer science.
The regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a meeting for this week to discuss plans to cleanup industrial waste in Overland. Federal regulators will share their strategy with residents of the St. Louis County neighborhood where contaminated groundwater lingers from a 25-year-old industrial accident. A 1988 spill at a metal facility in Overland caused groundwater contamination from the chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Elmwood Park. The EPA says it will share details from recent indoor air samples taken at several Elmwood Park homes as well as future cleanup plans by the property's owners. Property owner PerkinElmer Inc., which bought the property after the spill occurred, will clean up the land under a 2012 settlement agreement.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he is frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail. Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week. The Chief believes the action could be considered a hate crime. The letter was sent to an officer in the department's south patrol division. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the typed letter arrived about a month ago and was addressed to the officer. It included several profanities and a racial epithet. The sender said the officer was not wanted in the station and threatened that police would not to respond if the officer called for help. It also included a death threat. Chief Dotson says he has taken steps to ensure the officer's safety, but did not elaborate on those steps.