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Under Investigation: Sen.-Elect Josh Hawley For His Conduct As Missouri Attorney General

Updated at 7:20 p.m. Dec. 10 with a response to the investigation from the Office of the Attorney General. Updated at 2:10 p.m. Dec. 10 with secretary of state's office requesting the auditor's help in the investigation— Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is under investigation for possibly using "public funds" in his bid for U.S. Senate, the Secretary of State's Office announced Thursday.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley spoke in the St. Louis area on Aug. 30, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Money wasn’t everything when it came to Missouri’s nationally watched U.S. Senate contest.

Republican Josh Hawley is the state’s first Senate winner in decades to be dramatically outspent by the rival he defeated.

And the Democrat who lost, two-term incumbent Claire McCaskill, set a huge fundraising and spending record in the state.

Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the merger between St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon.

Collectively known as St. Louis Public Radio, the alliance of the two organizations was a bold move that increased the capacity for more journalists to tell more local and regional news stories.

Fabiano Caruana at the 2018 Sinquefield Cup
Lennart Ootes | Grand Chess Tour

The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will conclude in London with a new and exciting format. The four qualified players, who were the top four point leaders after the first three tour stops, will take center stage.

The field will be led by none other than World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana of St. Louis. The contenders will battle it out over six days, starting Tuesday.

The knock-out format comes with a total prize fund of $300,000 and the much-coveted title of Grand Chess Tour Champion.

LAURA DOMELA

Though singer, actor and writer Storm Large now boasts a large cult following, her beginnings were far humbler. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, she described the process of discovering her voice and breaking out of a cycle of insecurity and loneliness.

“I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere,” Large told host Don Marsh. “I wasn’t normal. I wasn’t pretty. I didn’t fit in … All of a sudden, there was this thing that I can do that makes people happy.”

Today, Large tours the country sharing her voice with a diverse range of audiences.

Illustration by Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

Virtual schooling is coming to public K-12 education in Missouri next month.

While districts expect high school students to be the first to enroll, the program allows for students as young as first grade to take classes online.

A drone photo of the two north St. Louis  water towers taken November 14, 2018. The Grand Avenue Water Tower is shown in the forefront and the Bissell Street Water Tower is in the background.
File photo | Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

After standing more than a century, the historic water towers in north St. Louis are starting to show their age.

The two stone structures, located just a few blocks apart in the College Hill neighborhood, were built in the late 1800s to regulate the city’s water pressure. Although the towers show visible signs of deterioration, until recently, assessing their overall condition was largely guesswork. Now, a report from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis has found the two towers need significant repairs.

Catholic priests during an ordination ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in May, 2016.
File photo | Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

A Catholic order has released the names of dozens of priests once accused of sexual abuse, including 17 who worked in St. Louis-area parochial schools and parishes.

Twelve priests on the list worked at St. Louis University High School and several others taught at other St. Louis-area parochial schools.

All were found to have "credible allegations" of sexual abuse made against them, according to the Central and Southern Province and the Western Province of Jesuits.

 Webster University president Beth Stroble details the university's latest initiative in Accra, Ghana.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

1978 marked a defining moment for Webster University – it founded its first international campus in Geneva, Switzerland. While the soul of Webster resides in the small town of Webster Groves, Missouri, its reach extends overseas: with campuses in Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, China, the Netherlands, Greece – and now Ghana.

Six-year-old Rae Reece, at left, tells a story about "the best day ever" during St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here" house party Nov. 27 as storytelling coach Chiffontae Ross looks on.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

For four seasons now, St. Louis Public Radio’s We Live Here podcast team has been telling community-driven stories for listeners “somewhere on the woke spectrum.” A couple weeks ago, co-producers and hosts Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley took that concept one step further and asked a handful of local young people to do the storytelling themselves.

The fresh voices that were in the spotlight at We Live Here’s well-attended house party on Nov. 27 are also the focus of this week’s new episode of the podcast.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh previewed some of the highlights with Stanley, who noted that the new episode is part of an effort to get more youth voices on the show.

St. Louis Alderman Jack Coatar, D-7th Ward, speaks during debate on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, over legislation to pay for convention center renovations.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis aldermen took a big step Friday toward renovating the downtown convention center.

The Board of Aldermen voted 26-2 to give initial approval to issuing $105 million worth of bonds for the America’s Center Convention Complex. That’s part of a $175- million plan to pay for more exhibit space, a larger ballroom and more loading docks.

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St. Louis on the Air

Tuesday: An outside-the-box approach to 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Grandel

Host Don Marsh will talk with three people involved in Metro Theater Company's fresh take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

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How McKee’s rehab plans made big promises to St. Louis but left buildings to rot

Nearly a decade after Paul McKee sold St. Louis on a vision worth billions to rehab more than 150 properties on the north side, roofs have caved, walls have crumbled and residents have lost patience.