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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his first State of the State address at the Missouri State Capitol building Wednesday afternoon. Jan. 16, 2019
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Parson Pledges To 'Chart Missouri’s Future' In State Of The State Speech

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivered his first State of the State address Wednesday, giving the GOP chief executive a chance to detail an ambitious agenda for state government. Parson took the opportunity to flesh out his main priorities of bolstering workforce-development programs and improving roads and bridges. He told lawmakers that he wants to reorient economic-development programs to train people for local jobs — and fight opioid abuse and boost money for drug courts.

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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.

Ding Liren, Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi are the favorites for winning the "Wimbledon of chess," also known as the 2019 Tata Steel Masters.
St. Louis Chess Club

The Wimbledon of chess commenced again this January and will last through Jan. 30, in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

Tata Steel, as it is currently known, has been a mainstay among top international chess events for the past 81 years. Located on the North Sea, Wijk aan Zee is a seaside resort town in the summer, and chess haven in the winter.

Beverly Nance and Mary Walsh pose for a portrait at their home in Shrewsbury on August 28, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

A district judge dismissed a lawsuit against a Sunset Hills retirement community today.

Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance took Friendship Village to federal court for sex discrimination in July, after the senior-living facility denied the same-sex couple’s housing application. Friendship Village cited its ‘Cohabitation Policy’ as the reason for the rejection. The policy defines marriage as between one man and one woman, as “marriage is understood in the Bible.”

St. Louis native and comedian Greg Warren talked about his comedic approach on Wednesday's "St. Louis on the Air."
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Last year, St. Louis native and comedian Greg Warren tried a new approach in his comedy career by adding an all-ages family show. He will do the same this year as he returns to St. Louis this week for his appearances at the Funny Bone comedy club in Maryland Heights.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Warren about his comedic approach and upcoming shows.

Jessica Hentoff, artistic and executive director of the Circus Harmony, joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss what programs the social circus is conducting.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Circus Harmony, the local social circus, is preparing for a series of performances at the City Museum in January. Their forthcoming show “Accelerando” is a circus spy thriller where the performers twirl and climb their way to finding a top-secret document that has gone missing.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Jessica Hentoff, artistic and executive director of the organization, joined host Don Marsh discuss the shows and other programs the circus is conducting.

St. Louis resident Andy Magee takes a selfie while visiting San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.
Andy Magee

Barricades and “park closed” signs weren’t quite the sort of sights Andy Magee anticipated photographing when he embarked a couple weeks ago on a 365-day tour of the National Park Service’s 418 units around the U.S. But so far, his “418 Parks” Facebook page is full of such photos – evidence of the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

Magee, who is a local artist and a co-owner of Cioci’s Picture Mart in Kirkwood, has continued on his journey anyway and is currently in the Carolinas. He joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Wednesday for a conversation about what he’s been observing.

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

In January 2018, concerns over whether city resources are equally distributed among the entire population prompted an effort to measure equity between black and white St. Louisans. The results are in after a year of the Equity Indicators project: St. Louis scored a 46 out of 100.

The Equity Indicators tool measures racial equity across 72 indicators, focusing on priority areas selected by the Ferguson Commission: youth at the center, opportunity to thrive, and justice for all.

St. Louis County Councilman Sam Page, a member of the council's ethics committee, talks to St. Louis County Economic Development Partnership board members Karlos Ramirez, left and Kathy Osborn, center, after the two testified to the committee on Jan. 15,
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The chair of the board that oversees economic development in the St. Louis region is pledging to increase communication with the St. Louis County Council.

Karlos Ramirez, who is also president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, told the council’s ethics committee Tuesday that the board was not aware the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership was supposed to regularly communicate with the council until recently.

Just two weeks after being inaugurated, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell joined "St. Louis on the Air" on Tuesday.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with Bell's appearance at the County Council meeting Tuesday night.

St. Louis County’s newly inaugurated prosecuting attorney, Wesley Bell, has hit the ground running since his Jan. 1 inauguration. The first African-American to hold the post, Bell said his work so far has involved a lot of listening.

“There’s a lot of great people in [the county prosecutor’s office], and we want to make sure we take advantage of the institutional knowledge in that office,” he said on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air. “And so I’ve been very deliberate about meeting with every single person in that office.”

When host Don Marsh followed up by asking about Bell’s dismissal of an assistant prosecutor responsible for presenting evidence to a grand jury in the wake of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014, Bell said he didn’t think it appropriate to comment on the employee matter at this time. When pressed about any connections between the dismissal and the 2014 case, he added that “there’s no connection.”


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Behind The Headlines: How St. Louis Deals With – And Drives In – The Snow

Host Don Marsh will discuss the latest winter storm, why some St. Louisans drive poorly in such conditions and how residents can better prepare for and deal with future weather events.

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!