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St. Louis Women's March participants gather in Aloe Plaza, across from Union Station in downtown St. Louis on January 19, 2019.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Women’s March Draws Crowd, Generates ‘Sense Of Empowerment’

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning for the third annual St. Louis Women’s March, as a winter storm crept toward the city. Some, like 23-year-old Mckenzie Eston, attended the march for the first time. “If you want your voice to be heard, then you actually have to speak,” said Eston, who lives in Cape Girardeau.

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Officials are considering the addition of turnstiles to the MetroLink system.
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The top people who handled security for the Metro Transit agency are out of a job.

Bi-State Development President Taulby Roach confirmed the departures on Friday but provided no other details, including the names of the two officials.

Cathy "Mama Cat" Daniels stirs a pot of chili while prepping food to deliver to shelters and to people experiencing homeless. January 27, 2019.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis agencies and community organizations that work with the region’s homeless population are calling on city and county residents to volunteer time and donate supplies.

The groups are stretching resources to keep people warm and fed as weekend forecasts warn of more sleet, snow and freezing temperatures.

AAA of Missouri's Mike Right (at left) and Kent Flake, commissioner of streets for the City of St. Louis, offered suggestions and insights on the talk show Jan. 18, 2019.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Snow, ice, streets and St. Louis – it all tends to make for a tricky wintry mix, as was evident last weekend when a major snowstorm hit the region. With the potential for additional winter weather now imminent, Friday’s St. Louis on the Air included a focus on why some St. Louisans drive poorly in such conditions – and how residents can better prepare for and deal with future weather events.

Joining the discussion were Kent Flake, commissioner of streets for the City of St. Louis, and Mike Right, vice president of public affairs for AAA of Missouri.

(Jan. 18, 2019) Lauren Kohn Davis (left) and Heather Fleming (right) discussed the logistics and goal of the third annual St. Louis Women's March.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

A winter weather advisory goes into effect at midnight Friday and will last until Saturday evening, but the St. Louis Women’s March is still set to take place 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown St. Louis.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh previewed the march with two of this year’s local organizers and marchers: Lauren Kohn Davis and Heather Fleming.

“Absolutely the march is still on,” Kohn Davis said. “I think one of the important things to remember is that it's just a little cold, it's just a few flakes. One of our other organizers said it best when she said, ‘If the unhoused population in our community can deal with this daily, we can deal with it for a few hours – we’re women, come on.’ Lace up your boots. Let's get out there.”

People who most intensely oppose genetically modified food think they know a lot about food science, but actually know the least, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in January in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

GMOs are widely considered safe by scientists, but opponents have said they want more science on the potential harm so that subjective arguments aren’t part of the equation.

Nick Silver and Liz Houghton run 200-meter sprints at the St. Louis University Track on December 1, 2019.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

Nick Silver started losing his eyesight when he was 4 years old.

He’s now almost completely blind, but the 33-year-old refuses to let his disability slow him down. The Lemay resident is training for his first half-marathon with the help of fellow runners, who jog with him and alert him to upcoming obstacles.

Illinois firearms dealers will now have to have state licenses. That’s part of a package of changes Governor JB Pritzker signed into law on Thursday.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson joined "St. Louis on the Air" on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

About seven weeks out from St. Louis’ March 5 primary race between several city politicians vying for Board of Alderman president, Mayor Lyda Krewson declined to specify on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air which Democrat will have her vote.

“I haven’t made an endorsement yet,” she told host Don Marsh with a laugh. “It’s almost two months away, Don.”

Krewson did confirm that she plans to run for a second term that would begin in 2021.

“Of course, yes, I am,” said Krewson, who became St. Louis’ first woman mayor in April 2017. “And you know, you can’t get everything that you want done in four years.”

St. Louis Poet Laureate Michael Castro delivers a poem before the ceremonial swearing-in of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in April 2015.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Friends, family and admirers will remember St. Louis poet Michael Castro during a memorial service Sunday at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd. 

Castro died Dec. 23 from colon cancer, at the age of 73. He served just over two years as St. Louis’ first poet laureate.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson holds a press conference on Jan. 17, 2019, with members of his cabinet.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is scaling down the agencies and employees the Department of Economic Development oversees in an effort to better target its mission.


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Monday: Remembering Mill Creek Valley

We air an encore of a discussion recorded at Harris-Stowe State University about the neighborhood that was home to 20,000 black St. Louisans.

Metro St. Louis federal workers, businesses grapple with government shutdown

Federal employees throughout metro St. Louis are feeling the brunt of the partial government shutdown, as agencies have placed workers on furlough or have required them to work without pay.

We asked our readers and staff to send their favorite stories of 2018, then compiled them for you to read (or re-read). Enjoy as we look back at the year that was, and come back for more in 2019!