UMSL Brown Bag Series

April 30, 2009

Last month KETC/Channel 9 attended one of the Brown Bag Series luncheons at University of Missouri – St. Louis. The topic of the luncheon was Facing the Financial Crisis: Using the Media to Address Community Issues. Thomas McPhail, Ph.D., a professor at UMSL, moderated the luncheon; the two panelists were Debbie Irwin, Foreclosure Taskforce Coordinator, and Dale Berenc, Manager of Education Services at KETC. Topics discussed included new media and the mortgage/financial crisis.

Here’s one of the clips from the luncheon.  To watch the rest, visit our YouTube channel or CLICK HERE.


Mortgage Scams

April 20, 2009

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that the Missouri attorney general is suing two companies they believe are involved with mortgage scams.  To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Over the summer Ruth Ezell did a Living St. Louis segment on mortgage scams.  You can check out the video below.

Legitimate housing counseling agencies won’t contact you or send out advertisements.  Their services also shouldn’t cost anything.  You should be wary of any company that seeks you out and/or that is charging you a lot of money for housing counseling.

If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure, make sure you use a HUD-certified housing counseling agency.  To find one, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service at (800) 427-4626.

Protect yourself from Mortgage Fraud

April 9, 2009

Two days ago the St. Louis Post-Dispatch blog – Building Blocks – about mortgage fraud, which is rampant. If you’re in need of foreclosure assistance you do not have to pay for help. For more resources read the Building Blocks post HERE and watch the video below!

If you think you’ve been a victim of mortgage fraud you can call the Missouri Attorney General’s office consumer protection hotline at 1-800-392-8222 or visit their website by clicking here. For the Illinois Attorney General’s fraud information visit their website by clicking here.

KWMU: Missouri Stimulus Money pt. 2

April 3, 2009

In this second installment KWMU’s reporting on how the Economic Stimulus Package Money should be spent in Missouri, Chair of the Economics Department at Washington University, Michele Boldrin, outlines a different view of the stimulus than his colleague Steve Fazzari. CLICK HERE to listen to the story.

Tip of the Day: Get Free Tax Assistance

February 26, 2009

If you live in Missouri and need of free tax assistance visit the University of Missouri Extension’s website by clicking here or on the picture below.


Jay Nixon: Submit your economic stimulus package proposal

February 24, 2009

Governor Jay Nixon is offering Missourians the opportunity to submit their proposals for how the economic stimulus package money should be used in Missouri. As of the time this blog was published there were 557 proposals submitted. To submit your proposal go to, or click on the picture below.


St. Louis Job Fair Today, 10:00am – 3:00pm (occured on Tuesday, January 10)

February 10, 2009

Originally reported by KMOV

Job insecurity is high in Missouri. Officials say the unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in 25 years.

If you are looking for a job, dozens of companies will be at a job fair today at the Double Tree Hotel near Westport Plaza.    

Organizers are expecting a huge turnout for the job fair. 

It’s a five-hour event and several companies may hire on the spot. 

Many local companies have recently announced that they’re laying off workers, including KV Pharmaceuticals slashing 700 positions in the St. Louis area and Macy’s slashing 7,000 positions nationwide.

At today’s job fair, employers are looking to fill entry-level management, sales, administration and law enforcement positions.

The job fair starts at 10:00 a.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m. Monday.

Admission is free.