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Cyclists start out on a two-mile tour of the new and improved Bike St. Louis routes Saturday, April 25, 215.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

More bike routes opened in St. Louis

St. Louis now has 135 miles of on-street bike routes. Cyclists and public officials celebrated the completion of the latest phase of street markings and upgrades Saturday at the Cabanne Branch of the St. Louis Public Library on Union Blvd. Over the past seven months, Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis added 40 new miles of bike routes and upgraded an additional 60 miles of routes in the city. It’s the third phase of a partnership that began in 2004.
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Katelyn Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Star Clipper gets another run with comics and collectibles

LaunchCode, community center, tech jobs
(Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

LaunchCode to open new center in north St. Louis

Cityscape

JazzU features St. Louis area middle and high school students

"Cityscape" host Steve Potter talked to Nathan Pence and Phillip Dunlap about Jazz St. Louis' JazzU program.

St. Louis Symphony Live

St. Louis Symphony Extra — Emanuel Ax plays Brahms

Join us Saturday at 8 p.m. for a live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist Emanuel Ax in Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2.

We Live Here

We Live Here: Crime, cops, courts

What's the criminal justice system look like from the perspective of cops, public defenders and convicted criminals? Listen to this week's podcast for a preview.

St. Louis Life

The Chesterfield amphitheater
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Summer concerts: New in Chesterfield; favorite spots have schedules

As the weather turns warm, free outdoor concerts light up all over St. Louis. This summer concert season has a few changes to its lineup. Clayton has added “May Musical Mondays” to its previous events; St. Peters has replaced its “Summer Concert Series” with a much larger “Lakeside Series” at a Lakeside Park.
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Rex Sinquefield, Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

New world-wide chess tour announced in St. Louis

A new multi-national chess competition aims to draw attention to the sport. “Hopefully we are witnessing now the creation of the network that will greatly donate to the promotion of the game of chess,” said chess legend Garry Kasparov at the announcement.
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Classical Music

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Five-year-old Charlotte Pappan selects foam leaves for a sun painting at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April, 26, 2015. Her mother, Sara Pappan, looks on.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

The sound of music, children, dogs and generators filled the air Sunday at the annual Earth Day festival in Forest Park. Food trucks and other booths needing electricity were fueled by propane generators that release half the emissions of standard diesel generators.

According to festival organizers, more than 50,000 people attended the event.

Festival-goers had their choice of more than 200 booths to visit, from the six-foot tall mound of clothes built by textile recycler UsAgain to Chipotle’s walkthrough comparison of fresh and processed food. Metro displayed an electric bus it recently completed test driving, and Ameren handed out energy rebate information.

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Some local mayors and transportation officials are supporting a legislative proposal to add two cents to the state’s gas tax that they say is critical to maintaining area roads and bridges.

To illustrate the problem, officials from the St. Louis County Municipal League, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council and MoDOT gathered Friday near an overpass at Interstate 270 and New Florissant Rd.

Attorney Maggie Ellinger-Locke and activists Montague Simmons and Juliette Jacobs speak at news conference after the hearing Friday, April 24, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

An effort to remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from office has survived its first hearing.

In January, Montague Simmons and three other activists filed a request for a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch’s actions during the Darren Wilson grand jury.

Dilip Vishwanat

The St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON Chorus will perform its annual community concert Sunday, April 26 at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson.

Founded 20 years ago under the leadership of Robert Ray, the chorus became a permanent staple with the symphony after a single performance. Directed by Kevin McBeth, the chorus consists of participants from around 40 churches and features music that reflects African and African American culture.

When IN UNISON was founded, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus had already earned a nationwide reputation

Pam Hylton
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson is back in the hunt for an interim city manager, after its current interim announced she is resigning to take a permanent job in Richmond Heights.

Pam Hylton has been the interim city manager since John Shaw resigned in March.  Shaw’s departure came just after a Justice Department report that was critical of city operations before and during the unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brazilian dance troupe Compagnie Käfig
Agathe Poupeney / (Provided by Dance St. Louis)

Fans of dance in St. Louis are in for a treat this weekend, with National Dance Week - St. Louis taking over Grand Center and an exciting dance performance at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  

Dance St. Louis presents Compagnie Käfig, a male Brazilian dance troupe that has been selling out performances on their U.S. tour and will perform at the Touhill this weekend.

(via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

It’s been more than two weeks since St. Louis County’s municipal elections. But the counting in some jurisdictions continues – and may not end until this summer. Two elections even ended in a tie.

The county Board of Election Commissioners is also involved in a fight in Kinloch, where some city officials are refusing to swear in the April 7 victors, including a new mayor. The victors have been planning to oust their critics.

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Missouri state school officials called a public hearing Thursday night to hear opinions on how the Normandy school district could improve.

Instead, for more than an hour they heard 18 speakers criticize how the state has failed to support the district since appointing a board to run it last year and predict that the schools are doomed to close.

Washington University, Webster University, St. Charles Community College
St. Charles Community College, Flicker | Phil Roeder and Parick Giblin

Newly unionized adjunct instructors at Washington University prepared for their first negotiating session with the university this week, while adjuncts at Webster University get ready to decide whether they should organize as well.

And the organizing movement could soon spread to St. Charles Community College.

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

With three weeks left in the 2015 legislative session, Missouri lawmakers have passed all 13 bills that make up the state's $26 billion spending plan for Fiscal 2016, which begins July 1.

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The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought to the fore issues that have been developing for decades. Here are our efforts to illuminate what has happened and reflect on-going conversations.

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The Listening Project: What's the best way to build up communities?

At North Side Community School, family members discuss how they're investing in improving the Fairgrounds neighborhood.