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Attorney general and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Republican Victory Office in Winchester, Missouri in August.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Hawley banks on conservative policies, and Trump, to get the win over McCaskill

It was less than two years ago that Josh Hawley did something no other Republican has accomplished in 28 years: Prevail in an attorney general’s race. This November, Republicans are banking on Hawley to accomplish another milestone in defeating U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. It’s an outcome that could determine whether the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate and showcase whether Missouri is completely out of reach for the Democratic Party.

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Congressman John Lewis implores a crowd of Illinoisan's to get out and vote. The 12th Congressional District race is one of a few that are crucial to Democrats retaking the House of Representatives.
Abigail Censky | St. Louis Public Radio

Georgia Congressman and longtime civil rights leader John Lewis came to East St. Louis Tuesday as part of an effort to urge Democrats to votein November.

Lewis appeared at New Life Church on behalf of congressional candidate Brendan Kelly who’s running against Republican incumbent Mike Bost.

His presence at the event underscores how important Illinois’ 12th Congressional District is in Democrats strategy to regain control of the House of Representatives. In order to do that, Democrats need to flip 23 seats.

Washington University Provost Holden Thorp is the co-author of "Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges and Universities."
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Is the purpose of college to prepare for a career or to pursue learning and knowledge as inherently worthwhile endeavors?

That question isn’t a simple one to answer, and its tensions thoroughly inform a new book, co-authored by Washington University Provost Holden Thorp, titled “Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges and Universities.”

“Part of what we are advocating is that we do a better job of telling sort of both sides – the folks on either side of this tightrope – what’s really going on,” Thorp said in a conversation with producer Evie Hemphill on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

Dr. Cheri LeBlanc (left) and  Dr. Glenn Albright (right) talked about the state of mental health on college campuses. Jordan Worthington joined the conversation by phone.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

In recent years, colleges and universities have seen a spike in students reporting mental-health challenges and seeking out psychological services.

Administrators have been searching for ways to address this increase, and Washington University in St. Louis has piloted a new virtual-reality training program this year in an attempt to do just that.

The program is called At Risk for College and University Faculty and Staff, and it aims to give faculty members the tools to identify and address students suffering from mental-health challenges such as depression.

David Zimmerman (left) and Maxwell Glass share a kiss in Michael Pisaturo's "Where the Fireworks Come From," part of the Coming Out Play Festival.
Sean Michael

The LGBTQ community has made great strides since October first became Lesbian and Gay History Month in 1994.

But even today, with legal same-sex marriage and increasing acceptance, coming out can still be scary. With that in mind, a new St. Louis theater company called Q Collective will explore the fears and consequences of “coming out of the closet.”

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-University City, (center) and Missouri Democratic lawmakers gathered in the Delmar Loop on October 15, 2018 to demand that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley drop his appeal of a challenge to the state's voter photo ID law.
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

St. Louis area Democrats are using an appeal of a court ruling against Missouri’s voter photo identification law as a rallying cry in the state’s competitive race for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-University City, joined Democratic members of the Missouri General Assembly Monday to demand that Attorney General Josh Hawley drop his defense of the law. A Cole County judge last week declared unconstitutional the sworn statement voters who used non-photo identification like a utility bill had to sign to cast a ballot.

Coffee Cartel, Central West End, St. Louis, CWE
Rachel Heidenry

The Coffee Cartel will close Tuesday after 22 years in the Central West End.

After a 36 percent drop in sales over the past two years, owner Dennis Gorg said Monday it wasn’t feasible for the business to stay open.

“There are a lot of small businesses in St. Louis and what a proud community we have to have such great small businesses, but you gotta get out and support them,” Gorg said.

With a mission to inspire compassion in troubled times, Cornerstone Chorale and Brass soprano Talia Aull (at left) and alto Cindy Vantine (center) will embark this week on a nearly month-long tour alongside 27 additional ensemble members. Bruce Vantine (a
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Thirty years ago, Bruce Vantine decided he wanted to take the power of narrative choral music to a new level.

“I had seen how effective [these] programs could be, and very often they’ve been focused on Christmas,” Vantine, who was on the University of Missouri-St. Louis music faculty at the time, recalled on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air. “But I got the idea of doing a Thanksgiving type of a program with a social-justice message – so that we could touch people’s hearts.”

So began his Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that continues to spread its message of compassion through music, narration and drama each year during tours throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is the author of the new book 'Heart: A History.'
ALEX HEUER | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

This segment aired Oct. 15, but an online version of this story was first posted Sept. 27.

The heart has symbolized human emotion and affection since ancient times. Philosophers of the past considered the heart the “seat of the soul,” believing it to be, not only a life-sustaining organ, but also a representation of our internal lives.

Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley and Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Durrie Bouscaren & Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is heading into the final stretch of his Republican U.S. Senate bid with slightly more cash on hand than Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

In their latest campaign-finance reports, Hawley reported $3.53 million in the bank, compared to $3.19 million for McCaskill, who is seeking her third term.

This screen grab from the viral video shows the woman who tried to stop her neighbor from entering the apartment building where they both live on Oct. 12, 2018.
D'Arreion Toles via Facebook

The woman seen by millions attempting to block a black man from entering the apartment building where they both reside has been terminated from her position as property manager at Tribeca-STL.

The company issued a statement after the woman’s identity and place of employment was shared in the comments of a Facebook video posted by St. Louis resident D’Arreion Toles on Saturday.

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Wednesday: Downtown bakery provides new hope to formerly incarcerated community

Host Don Marsh will talk about The Laughing Bear Bakery and the vision behind the unique business.