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BJC changes charity care standards

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Charity care has long been a core mission of BJC HealthCare, but the St. Louis area’s largest employer is cutting back amid increasing financial pressures.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that BJC has changed the “upper level of eligibility” for the charity care it provides. Beginning Jan. 1, BJC reduced the pool of patients eligible for financial assistance to those earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level. The previous cap was 400 percent.

Spokeswoman June Fowler says the change also requires uninsured patients to provide, as a minimum, co-pays for medical services.

Fowler says BJC changed its charity care policy “to be supportive of the Affordable Care Act” in part by providing navigators to help people obtain health insurance on the federal marketplace.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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Fox Theatre announces show schedule for 2014-2015

MIDTOWN ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-The Fox Theatre is excited about the shows coming to town during its 2014-2015 US Bank Broadway series.

The series kicks off with the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing. The show will be in St. Louis from October 21st to November 2nd.

Other shows include Motown the Musical, a Christmas Story, the Tony award winning musical Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Phantom of the Opera is also on the bill. The season ends with the smash hit Kinky Boots, the winner of six Tony awards.

Click here for the full schedule and series specials.

Bennie the sea lion dies at St. Louis Zoo

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  • Photo credit Roger Brandt/Saint Louis Zoo

  • Photo credit Roger Brandt/Saint Louis Zoo

New app based ride sharing service launches in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A new ride sharing service launched in St. Louis Friday night. Lyft has become a popular app based ride sharing service in some 30 major U.S. cities.

But Lyft may be facing a bumpy ride in the Gateway City.

The app, which is available on iPhone and Android operating systems, is similar to other car services, like Uber. You simply download the app and connect through Facebook and register with your credit card information.

If you’re look for a cab, you simply click on the app and a car shows up with the fuzzy pink mustache and no money is ever exchanged. There is no set payment.

Instead, at the end of the ride passengers are encouraged to make a suggested donation which is paid for with your registered credit card.

The San Francisco based company compares it to catching a ride with a friend.

Zoo opens Stingrays at Caribbean Cove exhibit

(KTVI) -  As of April 18, St. Louis Zoo guests will be able to dip their hands into the water and touch the stingrays.

Hannah Petri from the Zoo told John Pertzborn about the St. Louis Zoo’s new exhibit, “Stingrays at Caribbean Cove.”

Stingrays have flat bodies, long pointed fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped.

Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to feed the stingrays. Stingray feedings are $1.00 per cup. The exhibit is presented by Mercy Kids.

4 men arrested after drug sting ends with gunfire in University City

UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)– Four University City men are facing serious charges over a drug deal that would have netted less than $50.

The men were arrested Tuesday in a drug sting in U-City that ended with gunfire.

Court documents state the men were making a deal to sell marijuana to an undercover officer for about $40.

When police tried to arrest them, one ran to his SUV trying to flee. That’s when police say the driver attempted to back into two officers.

One of the officers shot and wounded the driver 26-year-old Kelvin Dorries. He’s been charged with attempted to assault police and armed criminal action.

All four men also face drug possession charges.

Two of the suspects, 20-year-old Amad Mosley-Hunter and 24-year-old Vernon Bruce also face charges of resisting arrest.

Travis Bradley, 34, was charged with possession of heroin.

You can fly high with Circus Harmony!

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You can run off and join the circus, while helping local kids do the same at the Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center.

Starting on World Circus Day, April 19, 2014, airborne artists will open the center for demonstrations and classes. The goal is help St. Louisans say, “I’ve never done that before!” While helping underserved youth create new memories and opportunities as members of Circus Harmony.