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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson joined "St. Louis on the Air" on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2018.
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Krewson, Who Will Seek Re-Election As St. Louis Mayor, Talks Merger, Equity, Priorities For 2019

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.”

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St. Louis, MO – President Bush will visit St. Louis Wednesday to promote his plan to revive the nation's economy.

While in St. Louis President Bush will participate in an economic roundtable discussion with small business owners from around Missouri. The discussion will take place at J.S. Logistics, a trucking, courier and warehouse business located on the city's south side.

(courtesy Illinois Senate)

Chicago, IL – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald will have at least one Democratic opponent later today.

Chicago State Sen. Barack Obama announced his plans this morning to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Fitzgerald.

Obama was born in Hawaii and is a Harvard Law School graduate.

He launched his candidacy with several party heavy hitters standing behind him, including Senate President Emil Jones and congressmen Jesse Jackson and Danny Davis.

(KWMU Staff Photo)

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state lawmakers took yesterday off for the first time since the state first observed the King holiday.

Today many newly created or recreated committees will start considering legislation in Jefferson City.

Proposals up for consideration include creating a statewide AMBER alert system to publicize kidnappings, creating an anti-spam list to block unwanted e-mail, and giving taxpayers a three-day sales tax holiday in August.

St. Louis, MO – Marijuana use as a teenager may lead to serious drug and alcohol problems later in life, according to a study of Australian twins.

Researchers at Washington University and in Australia found pairs in which one sibling used cannabis before the age of 17 and one did not.

Dr. Michael Lynskey directed the study of the teenagers. He says the risk of later problems is greater for teenage marijuana users, but most pot smokers in the study did not develop other problems.

St. Louis, MO – There are a number of events planned today in the St. Louis area to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior and his civil rights work.

Hundreds are expected to march in front of the Old Courthouse this morning at 10 in another anti-war rally.

Saint Louis University plans a remembrance ceremony at 3 p.m. in the quad on the West Pine Mall.

The U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Ralph Boyd, will speak at a ceremony this morning at 10 on the campus of UM-St. Louis.

(Reuters Photo)

St. Louis, MO – The end of last night's mass at the Cathedral Basilica meant the start of a long bus ride for hundreds of St. Louis area high school students.

The more than 700 teens, along with almost 200 parents, are headed to Washington to be at an anti-abortion rally Wednesday.

The St. Louis Archdiocese's program called "Life Matters" coordinated the trip for the youth.

St. Louis, MO – A couple hundred people stood on the steps of St. Francis Xavier Church in Grand Center to protest a possible war against Iraq.

The candlelight vigil is a weekly event, but the group last night heard from some people who had just returned from Washington and this past weekend's anti-war rally.

Kelly Rose, a grad student at St. Louis University, was among those who made the trip. She said the rally in Washington was a boost to people who previously had kept their opposition to military action secret.

St. Louis, MO – Peace activists say if Martin Luther King Junior were alive today, he'd oppose a war against Iraq.

Speaking at the 33rd metropolitan St. Louis observance of King, the Reverend B.T. Rice addressed the crowd of several hundred at the Old Courthouse. Rice says King's message was clear.

(Reuters Photo)

St. Louis, MO – Hundreds gathered at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay spoke about the theme for this year's celebration - The Struggle Continues Building a Safe Community.

King once said, "This is not time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism."

East St. Louis, IL – Questions over how former East St. Louis City Manager Harvey Henderson died have revived his widow's efforts to collect on two insurance policies.

The insurers have withheld payments because the Illinois State Police determined Henderson contributed substantially to his own death. Henderson fell off the Poplar Street Bridge in August with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body.

But recently publicized evidence suggests foul play was involved, which may sway the insurance companies' decisions.

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St. Louis on the Air

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!