Metro-East News

Bank of America wants to build another Belleville branch

Belleville aldermen next week will vote on whether to allow plans to build a Bank of America branch on a vacant lot at 1911 Carlyle Ave. to move forward.
Belleville aldermen next week will vote on whether to allow plans to build a Bank of America branch on a vacant lot at 1911 Carlyle Ave. to move forward.

Belleville aldermen will soon decide whether Bank of America can move forward with plans to build a new branch on Carlyle Avenue.

Papers filed with the city by developer Jason Wagner indicate the new branch will be built at 1911 Carlyle Ave., just west of the Green Mount Road intersection. The 3,830-square-foot building will occupy 0.75 acres and feature drive-up ATMs. It would be the third Bank of America location in the city. The others are at 23 Public Square and 330 W. Main St.

The building site is not eligible for any tax breaks or other incentives. The Belleville City Council will consider the matter for final approval at its next meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. Monday.


A WalletHub survey ranking American cities from best to worst places to start a career showed St. Louis was a better place than average to get a start.

St. Louis ranked 39th out of 150 cities surveyed, putting it in the company of Kansas City, Mo. (36th); El Paso, Texas (41st) and St. Paul, Minn. (38th).

St. Louis performed best in the category of most available entry-level jobs per 100,000 residents. It ranked 5th of the 150 cities surveyed; the four cities that beat out St. Louis — Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orlando and Salt Lake City — all tied for first.

Salt Lake City was ranked the best overall in the survey. Detroit was ranked worst.


Amazon’s impending launch of a video service is meant to directly compete with YouTube, which is a subsidiary of Google.

Amazon Video Direct offers content creators the chance to earn money from royalties and advertising tied to the videos they make.

One method of earning cash will be via the Amazon Video Direct Stars program, where the creators of the best 100 videos will earn a share of $1 million based on how their videos perform. Amazon will replenish the $1 million each month.

According to Amazon Video Vice President Jim Freeman, “For the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.”


A Van Nuys, Ca.-based company is recalling around 180,000 of the pacifiers it makes after they were found to pose a potential choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced last week.

At issue are pacifiers made by Munchkin. The pacifiers are attached to clips that are hooked onto a baby’s clothing. When the units work correctly, pacifiers are conveniently at hand when baby inevitably spits it out of his or her mouth.

But 10 reports — five in the United States and five in Canada — indicate that a small piece that covers the clip can detach from the unit, representing a choking hazard.

According to the commission: “This recall involves Munchkin’s Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips sold as a set. The pacifiers were sold in five styles: designer, rattle and heartbeat clips with 0m+ natural shape pacifiers, and designer and rattle clips with 6m+ orthodontic pacifiers. The designer pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are in three color patterns: blue and white strips, orange and with white polka dots and pink with white polka dots. The rattle pacifiers and clips 0m+ and 6m+ are green with beads in the pacifier cover to make a rattle sound and have a polka dot strap. The heartbeat pacifiers and clips have a red, heart-shaped pacifier cover and red and white polka dots on the strap.”

So far, no injuries have been reported. Contact Munchkin at 877-242-3134 or at their website for more recall information.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND