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Gigante puppets pulled by bike during the People's Joy Parade during Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo festival Saturday,May 2, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Cinco de Mayo: Economic opportunity or cultural appropriation?

Glittery sombreros big and small. The occasional plastic mustache dangling from sunglasses. Regatón blasting from one speaker, pop tunes blaring on another. Tacos, piña coladas and colorful margaritas in fish bowls. Wrestling, live music and the eccentric, playful People’s Joy Parade. This is Cherokee Street during Cinco de Mayo. A lot of fun for sure, but was Saturday's festival all in good fun or was there an element of cultural appropriation going on?
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Cut & Paste Podcast: Pulitzer expansion preview

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation reopens Friday with twice the exhibition space and plans to use it in surprising ways.

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We Live Here: Untangling the public defender system

We Live Here promised to take you along on the reporting process. Here's what Emanuele Berry has learned so far about public defenders.

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Uncertainty again looms for Normandy schools

From Jefferson City to Normandy, educators are ready to tackle a math problem that is far from theoretical. If you multiply the number of students who want to transfer out of Normandy in the coming school year by the average tuition that the district will have to pay, will the costs be so big that the district cannot survive?
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Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Baltimore is and isn't Ferguson

An unarmed black man has an encounter with police and ends up dead. The incident is followed by peaceful protests then violence and police in riot gear, fire, looting and media trucks. Last August this was Ferguson. This week it’s Baltimore.
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Voting booths
File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Former Kinloch Mayor Darren Small, who lost on April 7, has filed a court petition that contests the election and alleges vote fraud.

The petition was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court this week, soon after the county Election Board presented the results of its house-to-house survey with county Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Kaitlyn Petrin

Flute Flight is a duo performing Saturday in St. Louis that features the compatibility between conventional silver flutes and Native American style flutes.

Madison County Transit

Madison County, Illinois, bus riders will soon start seeing some changes in service.  

Starting next Sunday, Madison County Transit will bring an entirely new bus route to areas popular with the Highland community, and add evening and weekend service elsewhere.

The expanded services will not be offered on all routes. Instead, according to SJ Morrison, Director of Marketing and Planning for Madison County’s transit system, the department evaluated holes in service and community demands, then chose to expand bus routes that demonstrated the most need.

Alex Heuer

New Jewish Theatre closes its 2014-15 with “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.” Based on a true story, the musical chronicles the life of writer David Hein’s mother while addressing the topic of marriage equality through song and dance. New Jewish Theatre artistic director Kathleen Sitzer and actors Ben Nordstrom and Laura Ackermann joined “Cityscape” host Steve Potter to discuss the production.

Nordstrom, who portrays David Hein, accompanied himself on guitar to perform the song that opens the production.

The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges that include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says.

Mosby announced the charges Friday morning, citing her office's "thorough and independent" investigation and the medical examiner's report on Gray's death. She said warrants were issued Friday for the officers' arrest.

With the calendar turning to May, the outdoor concert season will be heading into full swing. While the big list, which is at the end of the article, is made up of free series, we’ll try to point out some other free musical events that St. Louisans may enjoy.

MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn speaks at the TRIP report news conference Thursday, April 30, 2015 against a backdrop of the traffic management center in Chesterfield.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Roads in need of repair and expansion cost the average St. Louis-area driver $1,511 a year from car accidents, maintenance needs and wasted gas, according to a new report released Thursday by private transportation research group TRIP.

The report estimates that the average St. Louis driver spends 31 hours a year stuck in traffic and that almost 30 percent of the major roads in the St. Louis area need to be reconstructed because they’ve deteriorated beyond the scope of surface-level repair.

BJC HealthCare

BJC HealthCare, a nonprofit health system based in St. Louis, is making plans to take over partial governance and share some costs and services with the operators of Memorial Hospital in Belleville, hospital officials announced Thursday. They deemed the deal a “strategic affiliation.” 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaking Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement on Monday, Nov 25, 2014
Bill Greenblatt | UPI | File photo

From KCUR, Kansas City - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had harsh words for lawmakers who want to enact lifetime limits on the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Speaking at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday morning, Nixon called Senate Bill 24 "a misguided measure that punishes poor children in the legislature's zeal to reduce reliance on government assistance."

Missouri Sen. Mike Parson
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(Updated, 9:40 p.m. Thursday, April 30)

In a move long expected, Missouri Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, announced today that he’s running for Missouri governor in 2016.

And his top issue, he said in his kickoff address, "will be about protecting and fighting to expand the number one industry in our state - agriculture."

His entry also is expected to kick off a likely parade of rural GOP rivals.

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