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One of the studies suggests many Missouri women might be choosing between keeping their jobs and caring for family members.
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Studies give Missouri 'C' grades for women's political involvement, work-family policies

Two new reports on women's political participation and representation and work-family supports for women are giving Missouri middling rankings. The studies are part of a larger series by the nonprofit Institute for Women's Policy Research on the "Status of Women in the States." Women and politics The state gets a "C" when it comes to women's political involvement, though it ranks 11th among the states and Washington, DC. Study director Ariane Hegewisch said nationwide, women are "severely...
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St. Louis on the Air

From delinquency to success -- how a former offender aims to help others

"St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talked with recent UMSL graduate Shawntelle Fisher about how she turned her life around to become a scholar after spending much of her life in and out of prison.

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We Live Here: Do you have a right to a public defender? Maybe

You have to be really poor and accused of a serious crime to qualify. Public defender Janise Lampley explains why her job is hectic but rewarding.

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Looking for the estranged husband. (Digital print, 2015) Sarah-Marie Land
Sarah-Marie Land

Artist's "Crime Scenes" explores the mundane and horrific in St. Louis

Artist Sarah-Marie Land is working to bridge the gap between the banality of daily life and the sometimes disturbing events that take place around us. “It’s important for individuals to see a different documentation of crime in our city. It really helps you think about your environment differently,” said Land. For her series "Crime Scenes," Land researches crimes using local papers and media outlets. She then revisits the locations where the crimes were committed and photographs them from...
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Summer Concerts: Ethnic festivals, music in a mausoleum and more

Memorial Day weekend is one of those times that St. Louisans can expand their ethnic heritage. Check out the St. Louis County Greek Festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Rd. in Town & Country. Of course it has music that you can listen to for free, as does the St. Louis African Festival at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Ditto the Mississippi River Irish Festival in Frontier Park, St. Charles.
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By our internal clocks, if not by the solstice, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. With concerns that run deeper than usual, many St. Louisans are wondering what kind of summer it will be. This week offers some clues.

Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

An investigation by the Missouri Senate and the University of Central Missouri appears to be underway into whether there was inappropriate treatment of another Missouri legislative intern, although there has been no official confirmation.

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A $180 million bond issue that would fund critical capital needs like new fire trucks and city building repairs remains on track to go to the voters in August.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave their initial approval to the measure Thursday. They will return on Tuesday to send the measure to Mayor Francis Slay for his signature. He must sign the bill, and it must be transported to the city's Board of Election Commissioners, by 5 p.m. on May 26.

Missouri History Museum

When Missouri History Museum archivist M. E. Kodner came across letters that St. Louisan James Love wrote to his fiancée, Eliza Mary “Molly” Wilson during his service in the Union Army, she realized their importance in shedding light on the war and life during that period. So she compiled 160 letters into the book “My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love.” 

Paul McKee pays property taxes, Paul McKee, property taxes
Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

Developer Paul McKee has paid his tax bill to the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis Public Radio reported in April that McKee's company, Northside Regeneration, had failed to pay more than $750,000 in real estate property taxes for 2013 and 2014. The company owns more than 2,000 parcels on the city's north side.

A voter enters Our Lady of Guadalupe School on election day in Ferguson.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis lawyer Jay Ashcroft, a Republican running for Missouri secretary of state in 2016, has filed a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting a  ballot.

But he’ll need time, help --and perhaps money -- to get the proposal before voters.

The Rev. Jerry Paul
Provided by the Deaconess Foundation

St. Louis was named one of the nation’s 100 best cities for children in 2005 by the national organization, America's Promise Alliance. The Rev. Jerry Paul, then head of the Deaconess Foundation, balked at the commendation. The Rev. Paul died unexpectedly on Wednesday (May 20) at his home in O'Fallon, Ill., after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was 65.

Garry Kasparov addresses graduating students at Saint Louis University May 2015
Steve Dolan | Saint Louis University

The greatest player the chess world has ever seen has become a frequent visitor to our city lately, calling St. Louis “the world capital of chess.” But On May 16, Garry Kasparov's time wasn't all about chess, not directly. He visited Chaifetz Arena to deliver the 2015 Saint Louis University commencement address.

Author John Keene
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John Keene’s short story collection “Counternarratives” reimagines popular stories in American literature from the African-American perspective. His characters travel throughout the Americas, fight in the Civil War and experience depression-era New York. Keene spoke with  St. Louis Public Radio’s Willis Ryder Arnold about the book’s connections to St. Louis and to the grand American narrative. You can listen to the interview or read the highlights below.

Surrounded by her father's military mementos on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Elsie Shemin-Roth speaks about how much it means for her father to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

A World War I veteran with ties to St. Louis will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor, almost a hundred years after he risked his life to save three fellow soldiers on a French battlefield.

Elsie Shemin-Roth of Webster Groves has been fighting for her father, William Shemin, to receive the medal since 2002, when Congress called for a review of past awards to correct possible discrimination.

In 1919 Shemin was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during a three-day battle in France. He ran out into heavy gunfire to rescue three wounded soldiers, took command of his platoon after the officers fell, and eventually succumbed to wounds himself.

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