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Maren Leonard / For St. Louis Public Radio

Sweet on St. Louis: A peek inside Bissinger’s new chocolate factory on the riverfront

The door swings open to the production floor of Bissinger’s new candy factory on the St. Louis riverfront, and . . . oh, my . . . CHOCOLATE.
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St. Louis on the Air

St. Louis accountant answers your tax questions

Have you filed your taxes? "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talks to CPA Lance Weiss about last minute tax tips.

Community Engagement

The Listening Project: What's the best way to build up communities?

At North Side Community School, family members discuss how they're investing in improving the Fairgrounds neighborhood.

Cut & Paste Podcast

Cut & Paste Podcast: Turner Center artist Alehra Evans

“My life wasn’t always good. But life is what you make it," says Evans. She paints at Turner Center, which serves disabled artists.

Development

Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

To raze or not to raze? Old convent is at center of UMSL controversy

As a girl growing up in Bel-Nor, Melanie Ziebatree recalls riding her bicycle around the neighborhood and taking in the majestic view of the Incarnate Word convent on Normandy Drive, across from the Normandie golf course.
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 Tables await players upstairs at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Highest-rated U.S. Chess Championship is starting in St. Louis; here are the basics

Today the highest-rated U.S. Chess Championship opens here in St. Louis. The event is held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis until the closing ceremony on April 13. Facts to know: 1. Prize Money - $175,000 for U.S. Chess Championship, $75,000 for U.S. Women’s Championship
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The Missouri National Guard says it is focused on recruiting and retaining more minority soldiers so that its units more closely reflect the communities they serve.
Missouri Army National Guard Recruiting Office | Facebook

The Missouri National Guard reports it has diversified its ranks by 25 percent over the last year, even as some law enforcement agencies around the state have struggled to do so.

Looking for a reason to begin spring cleaning? Do it for the cats. The cats of Animal House, that is.

Gubernatorial hopful Henry Lee Neale  (Stephen Peirick) and his wife Elizabeth Neale (Maggie Conroy) are all smiles.
Provided by OnSite Theatre

Missouri’s next gubernatorial election is a year and a half away, but a St. Louis play gets a rolling jump-start on the campaign.

The OnSite Theatre comedy, called “Off the Record,” opens this Friday and runs for two weekends. The play by Alec Wild takes place aboard a moving school bus that delivers a fictitious candidate — and the audience — to a handful of local campaign stops.

Artistic director Ann Marie Mohr said that even the ticket-holders have an active part in the show.

Courtesy Robbyn Wahby

The Missouri Charter Public School Commission has hired St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s top education adviser as its first-ever executive director. Robbyn Wahby has worked with the mayor’s office on school reform policy since 2001, when charter schools first started taking root in the city. She will start her new job in early May.

Spence Jackson
From his LinkedIn page

Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Missouri auditor Tom Schweich, was found dead in his apartment Sunday, according to a press release from the Jefferson City Police Department. His death is being investigated as a suicide.

Missouri needs more internet service producers to connect underground fiber networks to customers to increase high-speed internet access, a new FCC report says.
Dan Chace | Flickr

Nearly a third of Missourians - or about 1.8 million people - lack access to high-speed internet, according to a report last month from the Federal Communications Commission. That means Missouri ranks 15th among all states for the highest percentage of residents not served by fiber networks that can deliver such high speeds.

Gov. Jay Nixon may soon decide his pick to replace state Auditor Tom Schweich. Nixon appointed John Watson earlier this year as an interim auditor while he mulls a permanent selection.
Bill Greenblatt I UPI

Filling Tom Schweich’s void in the state auditor’s office may be one of the most important decisions of Gov. Jay Nixon’s tenure. He’ll have to pick somebody who can perform the tasks of an important office – and contend with the rigors of maneuvering through statewide politics.

NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, north city site
Courtesy of the NGA

The city of St. Louis expects to start making offers in early May on the properties within the proposed site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

That includes land owned by developer Paul McKee, who owns more than half of the parcels in the 100-acre area.

Until now, it had been unclear whether the city or McKee would sell the land to the federal government should the intelligence agency choose the north city site. McKee owns more than 350 parcels within the site just north of Pruitt-Igoe.

Child receiving asthma treatment.
Kristy Faith via Flickr

St. Louis area pediatricians will soon have help managing asthma care for their patients. The American Lung Association is implementing a program here to improve the system that primary care clinics use to identify and treat the disease.

Between 80 and 100 people rallied in support of law enforcement Saturday, March 28, 2015 outside the headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Almost 100 people gathered outside the headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Saturday for a rally in support of law enforcement.

Those in attendance said police officers had been “handcuffed” from doing their job in recent months and are required to give Ferguson-related protesters too much leeway.

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Podcast and project

We Live Here: Growing up apart

Podcast #3: In St. Louis, people of different races seldom live next to each other. Kids talk about why that matters — and why it's so hard to change.

Special project

All Ferguson: Your guide to the facts, issues and Justice Department reports

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought to the fore issues that have been developing for decades. Here are our efforts to illuminate what has happened and reflect on-going conversations.

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Become part of our Public Insight Network. We use the PIN to get insight from people like you. Today's question: What does racism in St. Louis look like to you?