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How Midwestern National Forests Keep Fires At Bay And Prepare For Climate Change

A stand of trees in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri looks a little more sparse than what is often depicted in a forest. The trees are eight to ten feet apart, and that’s on purpose, fire management officer Greg Painter said.

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A Washington, D.C. based think-tank has released a report showing just how hard Saudi Arabia is trying to influence the American government using lobbyists and PR campaigns. One senator from Missouri made the top 10 list of politicians taking campaign contributions from firms representing the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Four years ago, Chris Miner decided to apply to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Then 40-years-old, Miner was encouraged to apply by a counselor at the community college he attended. He was told he was a shoe-in.

He sat down at his computer and started the application. But then Miner faced this question: Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

“I just sat there and stared at the screen for like 10 minutes,” he said. “It was like everything, every advancement I had made so far might be over with, maybe this is the end of the ride.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to remove thousands of acres of wetlands and miles of waterways from Clean Water Act protections.

The EPA said Tuesday it believes the proposed changes to the “Waters of the United States” rule will reduce inefficiencies and allow landowners to have the freedom they need over their property.

Lloyd Gaines, who sued to be admitted to the University of Missouri Law School in 1935, which only accepted white students then. His case was a stepping stone to school desegregation.
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Lloyd Gaines never studied at the University of Missouri Law School. Still, his efforts to get in as a black student in the 1930s had a major impact on school segregation laws and African-American attorneys in Missouri.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Dec. 12, 1938, said the law school either had to accept Gaines’ application or create an equal but separate option. It was not the outcome Gaines and the NAACP had hoped for, but the lawsuit put a crack in the “separate but equal” doctrine established by the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case.

St. Louis County Councilman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, answers questions on Dec. 11, 2018, about initial passage of the 2019 budget.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Council members gave first-round approval to the 2019 budget, including major cuts to what St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger recommended.

It’s the second year in a row that the council has made reductions to Stenger’s proposed budget — a move council members believe is necessary to prevent jeopardizing the county’s reserves.

Sankofa Soleil (at left) stars as Alice in Metro Theater Company's "Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure," while Patrick Blindauer is the Cheshire Cat.
Ron James

Audiences are collectively pretty familiar with falling through a rabbit hole to accompany a young girl named Alice on a strange trip involving everything from a queen to a cat to a jury composed of animals. But Metro Theater Company has added even more elements to Lewis Carroll’s classic story – in this case keyboarders, guitar players, bass players, an accordion, trumpet players and a clarinet, among others.

“It’s an interesting situation, because you have actors actually playing live instruments – everybody’s playing live, so there’s no pit, which is a little more [of a] challenge,” music director Lamar Harris said Tuesday on St. Louis on the Air. “It’s not just [learning] lines … dance moves and the normal type of stuff you would do just in a regular musical.”

Alongside director and choreographer Jamie McKittrick and Sankofa B. Soleil, who plays Alice in Metro’s “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” production currently playing at the Grandel, Harris joined host Don Marsh to discuss what sets Metro’s performance apart.

A seedling of the Torreya taxifolia, or the Florida nutmeg tree, at a private area in Tower Grove Park in December 2018.
Eli Chen | St. Louis Public Radio

An endangered species of a Florida cedar tree is growing in St. Louis, where arborists are helping it recover from decades of blight.

Arborists at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and the Bellefontaine Cemetery have planted and are studying the Torreya taxifolia, an evergreen tree commonly known as the Florida nutmeg.

The three locations received seedlings from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which has spearheaded a project to save the species.

Winfred Obruk (right) from Shishmaref, Alaska shows Amy Martin (right) where the island used to be before erosion, caused in part by climate change, ate away at the island.
Nick Mott

Amy Martin has reported many times on environmental issues for NPR and other public radio outlets. Through that reporting, she realized she wanted to “go deeper and really dive into one issue with a lot of detail and a lot of nuance.” So she founded the Montana Public Radio show and podcast, “Threshold,” which delves into environmental topics and issues.

Martin, the podcast’s executive producer, spoke to host Don Marsh on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air and explained why she chose the subjects for the show’s first two completed seasons: bison and climate change.

St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy, D-18th Ward
David Kovaluk I St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann about his 30-year tenure on the Board of Aldermen.

Kennedy represents the 18th Ward, which takes in nine neighborhoods in central and north St. Louis — including the Central West End, Vandeventer and JeffVanderLou neighborhoods. He’s planning to resign in early January to become clerk of the Board of Aldermen.

Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Dec 11, 2018

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

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St. Louis on the Air

Thursday: Professor analyzes desegregation of historically white, elite schools

Host Don Marsh will speak with Michelle Purdy, the local author of a new book titled "Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools.”

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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.