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St. Louis Public Radio News

Published: Fri, 03 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:20:54 GMT


Youth orchestra remains strong after 40 years

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Forty years ago, a group of 125 young musicians put on their best clothes, tuned their instruments, and took the stage at Powell Hall. No one knew at that time how many performances the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra would put on. But one of the top ensembles in the country is still going strong.

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Mo. regulators choose Cape Girardeau for casino

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The state Gaming Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve construction of a the casino in southeastern Missouri.

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St. Louis City and County, still a divided front

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

A look at the politics of St. Louis regional growth heading into 2011.

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Mo. Gaming Commission holds closed meeting today

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Commissioners are reviewing financial information submitted by the three finalists for the state's lone available casino license. No decision is expected today, though.

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Mass burial site at Jefferson Barracks commemorates Allied soliders, civilians

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Their final resting place at Jefferson Barracks is believed to be the largest mass burial in the U.S.

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Family and friends remember soldier who died "doing what he loved."

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Family and friends say Sgt. First Class Ronald Aaron Grider remained the happy-go-lucky "Hank" they all knew even after nine deployments to a combat zone.

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Blunt defeats Carnahan as part of national GOP surge

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Blunt tells supporters that it's time to get the private sector back on its feet. He'll succeed retiring Mo. Senator Kit Bond in January.

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St. Louis County race closer than expected

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The race for St. Louis County executive often is a given. But in incumbent Charlie Dooley's bid for a third term he's been pursued by a well-funded opponent, Bill Corrigan.

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Cities see Prop A as threat

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

If passed, Proposition A would force St. Louis and Kansas City to ask voters every five years whether or not to keep the earnings tax, and it would prevent any other Missouri city from putting the tax in place.

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Casino companies make their case to Mo. Gaming Commission

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Missouri has an available casino license, and three companies trekked to Jefferson City in late October to try and convince the state's Gaming Commission that they should have it. The license became available earlier this year when the President Casino in St. Louis shut its doors.

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St. Louis Zoo helps save endangered beetles

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The once common American burying beetle is now a critically endangered species, found in only a handful of states. The St. Louis Zoo is part of a nationwide effort to save this unusual insect.

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Missouri Gaming Commission to hear casino license pitches today

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The Missouri Gaming Commission will hear pitches today from developers vying for the state's lone available casino license. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin report.

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Blunt, Carnahan clash in final debate

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The Democratic and Republican nominees for the seat held by retiring Missouri Senator Kit Bond held their last face-to-face event before next month's general election. Listen to the entire debate here.

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Swan song for Ernie Hays

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

After 40 years, Busch Stadium icon will play his final tune.

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Money alone can't solve problems at the SLPS

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The St. Louis Public Schools are under state control for poor academic performance. Though they spend more per pupil than some top-performing districts, money alone can't solve what ails the SLPS.

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New design at Arch grounds requires balancing act

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Preservationists say any changes to the monument's landscape must be done carefully.

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Missouri not alone in public defender woes

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

This summer the State Public Defender's Office began turning away new cases in several court districts and put several more on notice. And Missouri's state auditor announced recently that she will review the public defender system.

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Despite a good safety net system, St. Louis still struggles to get healthy

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The "safety net" system in St. Louis picked off where Homer G. Phillips left off. But there's more to getting healthy than beds and doctors.

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Missouri holds nation's first referendum on federal health law

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Proposition C asks whether there should be a state law giving Missouri citizens the right to refuse a mandate to buy health insurance. In 2014, anyone without health insurance may face federal penalties.

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'Crown Square' replaces run-down pedestrian mall in Old North St. Louis

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

There's a renaissance afoot on 14th Street in Old North St. Louis. After $35 million and four years of work, dozens of historic buildings have a new life and the road is re-opening to cars. Today community leaders will cut the ribbon on the newly-named Crown Square.

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Chuck Purgason embraces outsider status in Senate bid

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Roy Blunt has led in most polls over Democrat Robin Carnahan, but another longtime Republican is in the race, too: Chuck Purgason. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin examines why Purgason has had trouble gaining traction among his party's voters.

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Scientists stalk cemeteries for signs of wildlife

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Cemeteries in the St. Louis area, preserved by chance, represent the last patch of native tall grass prairie in the St. Louis region.

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Herzog joins baseball's pantheon

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is now a Hall of Famer. He was inducted Sunday at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. But as Greg Echlin reports, joining baseball's pantheon wasn't the only honor the former skipper received.

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Job picture bleak for young

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

For all the teens mowing lawns, taking movie tickets, and flipping burgers, there are many who haven't been able to find work this summer.

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Community-run grocery brings healthy, affordable food to inner-city St. Louis neighborhood

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Residents of Old North St. Louis have opened a community-run grocery store. The co-op brings healthy, affordable food to an underserved part of the city.

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Kiel Opera House renamed "Peabody Opera House"

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Kiel Opera House will reopen in 2011 as the Peabody Opera House

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Change in maps could mean huge expense for Metro East towns

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Across the country, millions of people are suddenly finding themselves in federal hazard zones not because of any natural or man-made disaster, but because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its old flood risk maps.

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Five endangered wolf pups born at facility near St. Louis

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Five endangered Mexican gray wolf pups have been born at the Endangered Wolf Center, about 25 miles southwest of St. Louis.

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Seed donation to Haiti stirs controversy

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Monsanto seed donation to Haiti highlights problems with this type of foreign aid.

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Region sees little benefit from tax-increment financing

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist Kenneth Thomas says TIF pits communities against each other, but results in little overall growth, and the St. Louis area is one of the nation's biggest TIF users.

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Firefighter residency latest flap in divisive city-state relations

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Among several bills that raised hackles at city hall, lawmakers in Jefferson City passed legislation allowing St. Louis firefighters to live outside of city limits. If the governor signs it, Mayor Francis Slay has warned there will be a lawsuit.

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Raising cigarette tax difficult in Missouri

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Fellow Democrats have proposed ways to keep the budget-cutting knife out of Nixon's hand by enhancing revenue. One common suggestion is raising Missouri's cigarette tax, but that's not as easy as it sounds.

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Battle for beards heats up

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Gillette's latest razor is finally hitting store shelves. Gillette, owned by Procter & Gamble, hopes to fend off a challenge from Schick, part of St. Louis-based Energizer.

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Summit focuses on revitalizing rural America

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

At the National Rural Summit of America in the Jefferson County town of Hillsboro, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a number of new programs intended to help stimulate the rural economy.

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Lawmakers do little to ease Illinois budget deficit

Fri, 28 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Faced with a $13 billion deficit, Illinois lawmakers had some tough choices to make as they put together a new state budget. But in the end they did little to solve the state's serious financial problems, and could actually wind up making things worse.

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Suitors lining up for Missouri's 13th casino license

Tue, 18 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Of the 15 groups vying for the license, four want to develop a casino in Cape Girardeau.

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Focus turns to Nixon as legislative session ends

Mon, 17 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Now that the 2010 Missouri legislative session is over, the focus is on Governor Jay Nixon and what he will do with the more than one hundred bills sent to him by the General Assembly.

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Science goes down more easily with food, drink

Mon, 10 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Science cafes bring researchers out of the lab and into local bars and restaurants to talk about their work.

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Missouri lawmakers turn to other issues as session nears end

Mon, 03 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

With the state budget out of the way, Missouri lawmakers now have two weeks left to concentrate on other priorities. Legislation addressing tax credits, ethics, consolidation of state agencies, and autism insurance all remain unfinished going into the homestretch.

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Wash U professor makes TIME's 100

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Michael Sherraden, a Professor of Social Work and founder and director of the Brown School's Center for Social Development, is among TIME Magazine's 100 for the world's most influential people.

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Whitney Harris, prosecutor at Nuremberg, dies at 97

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Whitney Harris was the last surviving courtroom prosecutor from the first Nuremberg Trial after World War Two. He died Wednesday in St. Louis at the age of 97.

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Darwin exhibition comes to Saint Louis Science Center

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

More than 125 years after his death, naturalist Charles Darwin remains a controversial figure to many Americans.

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Ham radio growing in the age of Twitter

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Nearly 700,000 Americans have ham radio licenses. That's up 60 percent from 1981, and the number is growing.

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Supporters hope third time's the charm for Metro tax

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Tomorrow marks the third time in 13 years that St. Louis County will vote on a -cent sales tax increase to help fund Metro, the region's mass transit agency. Half of the additional $80 million a year would restore service cuts. The other half will fund future expansion projects. Supporters say this time, they've found the formula for success. But opponents are just as confident of their own victory at the polls.

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Songbird genome may reveal clues to human speech

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the zebra finch. Their work reveals a lot about songbird genetics, and opens a new door to understanding the basis of human speech.

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Lawmakers, judges say expanding drug courts will save taxpayer money

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In the midst of Missouri's budget crisis, special court programs are getting more attention as lawmakers try to close a big budget gap.

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DNR discusses options for electronic waste disposal

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Outdated electronic equipment contains potentially hazardous materials, but St. Louis consumers have many options for recycling their "e-waste."

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Wellston schools prepare for permanent shutdown

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On Monday, the Wellston School District starts its last quarter of existence. In 2003, the tiny district in north St. Louis County was the first to come under state administration. It's the second, and the largest, to be dissolved for poor academic performance. Next year, its 550 students will attend classes with their long-time rivals in the Normandy School District - and that's a tough thing for many to embrace.

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Illinois tax hike won't be part of Quinn's budget speech

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The budget plan Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will introduce today relies heavily on borrowing and about $2 billion worth of spending cuts.

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Stimlus money continues to flow to St. Louis in 2010

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

It's been over a year since Congress signed off on the $787-billion stimulus bill. The president claims the measure saved about 2 million jobs last year, and that's with most of the money still not spent.

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New job thrusts writer into public role

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Webster University English professor David Clewell is Missouri's new poet laureate. Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement last week. He tells St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman that he's not quite used to the spotlight.

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Can new St. Louis casino compete in crowded marketplace?

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Pinnacle's River City Casino in south St. Louis County joins a crowded marketplace. There will now be seven casinos within about 30 miles of one another in the St. Louis region.

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New Botanical Garden president outlines vision

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The new president of the Missouri Botanical Garden is in St. Louis this week for the first time since his selection.

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Arts group tries new community funding approach

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Arts organizations are starting a new trend in community arts funding. For about $10 patrons get soup, bread and a packet containing proposals submitted by artists.

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Alumni rally to save Sumner High School

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Historic high school is under threat of closure without improvement in academics and student safety

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Rural communities say state needs tougher anti-meth law

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Several Missouri towns are trying to curb meth production by requiring prescriptions for some cold medications. But many community leaders say their efforts need to be replicated on the state level for the idea to work.

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Nixon optimistic about Missouri economy, but says more cuts will be needed

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the state will balance its budget without raising taxes. Nixon outlined a plan yesterday to eliminate more than $250 million in spending in the next fiscal year.

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Business is booming for big drug negotiators

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

If your health insurance covers prescriptions, you are probably a customer of a pharmacy benefit management company, such as St. Louis-based Express Scripts. PBMs are poised for even more growth, as baby boomers age and Congress prepares to insure more Americans.

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Midwest's recovery from recession will be slower than average, former labor secretary says

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses the state of the Midwest economy with St. Louis Public Radio's Bill Raack.

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Reestablishing local control of St. Louis Police starting to be thorny issue among Mo. Politicians

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

As in years past, reestablishing local control of the St. Louis Police Department is shaping up to be a thorny issue among politicians in Jefferson City. The system was imposed on St. Louis during the Civil War amid concerns that the city's police force would become a Union militia. St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington has more.

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Quinn light on specifics in first State of the State address

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

He touched on topics from biofuels to high speed rail, but spoke little about Illinois' biggest issue - the budget.

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Amid budget crises and other controversies, Quinn gives first State of the State address

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The speech is the governor's biggest opportunity to set the year's legislative agenda. But expectations for the address are low

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Craft beer represents big growth potential for St. Louis

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

In part 2 of a series on St. Louis beer and beer culture, St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington looks at the growth of the local "craft" beer movement especially as it relates to the sale of Anheuser-Busch.

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Beyond Budweiser-a look back at the St. Louis beer industry

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Most of St. Louis's 200-plus breweries are long gone. So what, if anything, does our beer-making history mean today?

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Lawmakers push for big tax changes in tough budget year

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

If you pay personal income taxes in Missouri, chances are you're in the top tax bracket. It takes only $9,000 a year in taxable income to reach the state's top tier.

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Tough decisions loom for Missouri lawmakers as new session begins

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

This year's term is expected to resemble 2009, when it comes to battling over how to spend the state's dwindling revenues.

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St. Louisan shoots for summit of Kilimanjaro in fundraising quest

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Almost everyone has had experience with the traditional forms of fund-raising, like walk-a-thons, bake sales, trivia nights. But one St. Louis resident is taking his efforts to new heights. More precisely, he plans to climb Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest point in Africa. And he's hoping to shift how people think about Christmas as well.

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Missouri public defender crisis comes to a head

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports for Morning Edition on the dire situation facing Missouri's public defenders.

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Advocates say holistic approach to fighting homelessness is working

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

While shelters and food pantries used to be the go-to resources for them, many experts now say that placing the chronically homeless in housing as soon as possible is a more economical and socially responsible approach.

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Special military unit seeks to bring the missing home

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Millions of young men and women have gone off to war in the uniforms of the United States military. Almost 91-thousand remain where they fell, in lands and waters from Europe to Southeast Asia.

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Blagojevich arrest began turbulent year for Illinois politics

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

It happened one year ago today. Illinois residents woke up to news their governor had been arrested on federal corruption charges.

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Artists help homless men transition to stable lives

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Over the last ten years, The Peter and Paul Services Homeless Shelter in Soulard has been helping homeless men transition back into society with the help of local artists.

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Illinois budget troubles define governor's race

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

The state budget is the issue that affects all others in the race for Illinois governor. But as Sam Hudzik reports, the election itself may be the biggest obstacle to solving the problem.

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Rescued pit bulls get another chance

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

The Humane Society of Missouri took in 407 pit bulls rescued in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. Now they're working to rehabilitate dogs born and bred into this violent culture.

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'New Urbanism' popular despite housing slump

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

"Sustainable community" or "suburban sprawl"? St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington looks at the success of New Urbanism in the midst of a housing crisis.

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In St. Louis, Bosnians react to Karadzic trial

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Bosnian refugees living in the U.S. do not expect the trial of Radovan Karadzic to provide them either closure or justice. St. Louis Public Radio's Matt Sepic reports.

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Missouri public defenders stuck between high caseloads, low budgets

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

A recent study says the Missouri public defender system is in crisis, with far too many cases and too few attorneys.

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Voters to decide tax for emergency radio upgrades in St. Louis County

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

St. Louis County has more than 100 police and fire departments. And World War II era radio technology means these departments can't talk to each other easily, or sometimes at all. A sales tax increase on the ballot November 2would fix that problem, and other public safety issues. But while everyone agrees the planned updates are necessary, a tax increase in this economy is facing opposition.

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Nixon announces more budget cuts

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is cutting nearly $204 million from the state budget. It includes nearly 700 state jobs and reductions to numerous programs.

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What's next for Lambert Airport?

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Airport was approved in 1998 to reduce weather delays; traffic off sharply by the time it opened.

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Limbaugh's bid for rams criticized

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he wants to buy a share of the St. Louis Rams football team has some fans in St. Louis, the NFL and others concerned. They are worried about Limbaugh's past comments that were deemed racially divisive.

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TIF Commission signs off on McKee's north side redevelopment plan

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Developer Paul McKee's plan for a major overhaul of north St. Louis was approved by the city's Tax Increment Financing Commission Wednesday.

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Despite his ambitions, McKee has a long way to go to overcome financial and political barriers

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Developer Paul McKee wants to pour $8 billion into a two square mile section of north St. Louis, and his proposal relies on something called tax increment financing. St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington concludes our four-part series on McKee's proposal with a look at how TIFs are supposed to work, and what happens when they don't.

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Uncertainty over development plan raises concerns in the community

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Developer Paul McKee wants to spend $8 billion to revitalize two square miles of north St. Louis near downtown. He's already spent millions buying up property. Still, he controls just a fraction of the land he needs, and he wants the city to grant him the right to redevelop the rest. That has some people who live and work in the area concerned about their future, and the possibility of eminent domain.

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McKee supporters say WingHaven proves he can rebuild the north side

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann continues our series on Paul McKee's planned redevelopment of north St. Louis with a look at his biggest project to date: WingHaven in suburban St. Charles County.

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Planning promises on the north side, from Pruitt-Igoe to Paul McKee

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The heart of developer Paul McKee's ambitious plan for St. Louis' North Side is an empty lot that was once home to the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex. In the 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe was touted as a model of urban planning, but it became a high profile failure.

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Relationship between Nixon, Kinder remains tense

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to withhold state funding for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race, championed by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, and the reversal that followed days later, put a spotlight on the tense political relationship between the leaders.

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Can producers meet ethanol demand?

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

You remember ethanol? Not too long ago it was the way this country was going to wean itself off imported crude.

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K-8 Schools Expand Services to Struggling Parents

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The St. Louis Public Schools have created "full-service" schools that are one-stop centers where families can get help with housing, employment, and even health care.

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Former governor Warren Hearnes dies at 86

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Hearnes served in the Legislature for a decade, and was Missouri secretary of State before becoming governor in 1965.

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IDA's offer alternative to subprime loans

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Home buyers of all income levels took advantage of subprime mortgages, but they were concentrated in low-income neighborhoods. And the waves of foreclosures are dragging down property values and pushing up crime rates. A matched savings program developed at Washington University may provide a way to avoid the pitfalls of subprime loans in the future, but reaching everyone who might be eligible is proving difficult.

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After 36 years, veterans, archvists still dealing with effects of records center fire

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

In addition to providing a written record of some of the most significant events in modern American history, service records are essential for veterans claiming government benefits.

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News site tackles issue of race in St. Louis

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

KWMU's Bill Raack speaks with St. Louis Beacon reporter Kristen Hare, who's working on a year-long project that examines the issue of race in St. Louis

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Sugar Loaf Mound bought by Osage Nation

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Sugar Loaf Mound, the last remaining Native American mound in St. Louis, has been bought by the Osage Nation.

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Alleged Ponzi scheme leaves farming community with questions

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A rural community in Missouri has learned the hard way that multi-million dollar fraud schemes are not just a Wall Street problem.

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Neighborhood watchdogs keep tabs on vacant, foreclosed homes

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

As part of the KWMU series "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Repps Hudson spoke with some St. Louis residents who are trying to protect their neighborhoods from the effects of neglected homes.

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Humane Society to evaluate 400 pit bulls

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

More than 400 dogs were rescued two weeks ago in Missouri and Illinois as part of the largest raid on dog fighting in U.S. history. The Humane Society of Missouri helped spur the investigation and now it's caring for and evaluating the dogs, which are almost all pit bulls, at a temporary shelter.

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Corps stimulus money re-opens Mississippi River debate

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Some say the over-engineering of the Mississippi to help the barge industry has made flooding worse, and projects included in the federal stimulus package are reigniting an old debate over managing the mighty river.

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