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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill compliments Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's family. Oct. 18, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking: Breaking down Hawley and McCaskill’s first one-on-one debate

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies examine Thursday night’s televised debate between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley.

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The entire school-based health center will take up 2,800 square feet at Riverview Gardens High School.
Riverview Gardens School District

Another area school district is about to open an on-campus health center. Riverview Gardens High School's clinic will be available to 1,200 students this month.

It’s part of a trend to bring health care access to students with the aim of improving academic performance.

The St. Charles Veterans Tribute Park will have a playground, trail system, fishing ponds, picnic spots and a dog park.
Mary Enger

St. Charles County is opening a new park Saturday. The Veterans Tribute Park will have a playground, trail system, fishing ponds, picnic spots and a dog park.

“Unlike a lot of other parks, this park is going to be very accessible,” St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said. “To go to one of our other parks, it’s something you have to plan. This is the kind of park that people in the area can walk to or get in your car and drive five or ten minutes to get there.”

Provided | The St. Louis County Board of Elections

St. Louis County voters will soon be able to review election results to determine how different areas voted on select candidates and issues.

Starting with the Nov. 6 general election, voters will be able to use an election-results mapping tool to examine regional preferences. Those results likely will be available two weeks after the election. County officials aim to help people interested in regional politics.

A pilot of the interactive tool on the St. Louis County Board of Elections website uses results from the August 2018 primary election to show voter preferences in select races — including county executive and prosecutor, and on ballot issues.

Attorney Al Watkins, pictured here walking out of court on May 1, 2018 with his then-attorney Chuck Hatfield, has admitted he violated a gag order in the Eric Greitens case.
File photo | Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

An attorney who represented the ex-husband of the woman at the center of the Eric Greitens trial has admitted that he violated a court order that forbid attorneys in the case from talking about it to reporters.

Al Watkins on Friday apologized to Judge Rex Burlison. He will have to make 100 hours of presentations to outside groups on the importance of complying with court orders and how not doing so can harm the justice system.

With less than three weeks to go before the midterms, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and GOP Attorney General Josh Hawley debated each other about key topics in their race — with varying degrees of veracity. Here’s a few of their statements, fact-checked.

Pattonville School District implemented peer mediation at two elementary schools this year, where students work out conflicts with fellow classmates, rather than adults.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

That fear of waiting outside the principal’s office to be punished after a disagreement between students is being replaced, in part, by a less intimidating environment at two Pattonville elementary schools.

Now, when students are having trouble getting along, they can gather around a table in the guidance counselor’s office with fellow students who have been trained as peer mediators.

Ben Routhier, 9, looks through a microscope for the first time during "Brain Discovery" class on September 19, 2018.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

Ben Routhier never imagined brain cells could be so tiny.

As the 9-year-old squints through the eyepiece of a microscope for the first time, his exclamation echoes through the classroom.

“It’s like a whole bunch of black lines and black dots,” he murmurs, inspecting the preserved mouse neurons.

Routhier is part of a group of home-schooled students participating in “Brain Discovery,” an outreach program that aims to get kids excited about neuroscience. Washington University graduate students and researchers work closely with elementary students across the St. Louis region, using hands-on experiments to help them understand how the brain works.


Hazy photo of the Mississippi River with a tugboat and the Gateway Arch in the distance.
Paul Sableman | Wikimedia Commons

The St. Louis Port Authority oversees 19 miles of riverbank including six thousand acres of land available for commercial and industrial development. But it wants more.

A bill that proposes expanding the Port Authority’s district to include the entire city of St. Louis could come up for a vote by the Board of Aldermen as early as tomorrow.

But several aldermen have said they will block the vote because they have been kept in the dark about the purpose and consequences of the bill.

The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from his own campaign workers.

Ten current and former staffers accuse J.B. Pritzker’s campaign operation of subjecting them to harassment and retaliation. Pritzker denies the accusations.

Dr. Theresa Schwartz, at left, is a breast surgeon with SLUCare and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Jossalyn Larson, center, is a current breast cancer patient, and Heather Salazar is a cancer survivor and president of Pink Ribbon Girls.
St. Louis Public Radio & Pink Ribbon Girls

After being diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago, Jossalyn Larson began traveling a path that one in eight U.S. women will find themselves on at some point during their lifetimes. Larson’s own journey currently has her at about the midpoint of her chemotherapy, and she’s been open about its associated challenges and surprises.

“It’s been pretty disruptive,” the Missouri S&T faculty member told host Don Marsh on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air. “What’s confusing about it is [that] I never know how it’s going to be disruptive. Every chemo infusion provides different side effects, and some of them are cumulative.

“I’m just now starting to get neuropathy in my fingers and my feet. So my fingernails hurt. And so something as simple as taking laundry out of the washer to put it in the dryer is painful for me, and I never would have anticipated that.”

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