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5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

RFT Counts Down 12 Days Of St. Louis Christmas Songs

Chuck Berry performs at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

After creating a list of 100 essential songs about St. Louis, Riverfront Times senior music writers Christian Schaeffer and Roy Kasten are working their way through the top 12 holiday songs by St. Louisians.

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Cityscape
2:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Bach Society’s Candlelight Tradition Continues

Credit Kris Bueltmann

The Bach Society of Saint Louis continues its Christmas concert tradition on Tuesday, complete with a candlelight procession.

“Every time I maybe mention the Bach Society and their Christmas candlelight concert that they are performing, anybody I speak with will go, ‘Oh! Oh!’ and they kind of stop in their tracks because they do remember that procession,” soprano Jane Jennings said. “It’s riveting. It’s breathtaking.”

The candlelight procession will be after intermission.

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Coal Ash
2:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

First-Ever National Coal Ash Regs Disappoint Missouri Environmentalists

In Dec. 2008, the failure of a dike at TVA's coal-fired power plant near Kingston, Tenn., released 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash into the Emory and Clinch rivers and buried about 300 acres of land.
Credit Tennessee Valley Authority

For the first time, the byproducts of coal-fired power plants will now be subject to federal regulation.

In a state like Missouri, which generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal, the new standards could have significant repercussions.

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Cityscape
1:18 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

St. Louis Teen Part of ‘A Christmas Story’

See 'A Christmas Story — The Musical' through Jan. 4 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.
Credit Fabulous Fox Theatre

Maria Knasel got her start at The Muny. Now the 13-year-old singer, dancer and actress is part of the Broadway tour of “A Christmas Story — The Musical.”

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Week In Review
11:54 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Rundown: Is Corruption A Code Word For Race?

Charlie Dooley
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Black, white and gray

For Some, Dooley's Comments On Race, Corruption Hit A Nerve

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Missouri General Assembly
11:16 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Budget Battles May Consume Missouri Legislators Even More In Coming Session

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Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent public tour of the damaged sections of the Missouri Capitol appeared to be aimed, in part, at making it clear that he recognizes repairs are needed – even as he continues to withhold repair money allocated in the current state budget.

Nixon also may be attempting to repair his strained relations with legislative leaders, as his administration and the General Assembly launch into a new round of negotiations and maneuverings to craft a new state budget for the next fiscal year (FY2016).

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Politics & Issues
10:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

President Obama's Final News Conference Of 2014

President Barack Obama
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama held his final press conference of the year on Friday. 

He addressed several topics, including relations with Cuba, the Sony hacks  and more.

NPR's The Two-Way has a live blog recap of the press conference.

(The press conference will will preempted Cityscape on 90.7 FM but you can see a recap of its segments).

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What If There Were No Arch?
10:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

How Would You Re-Draw The Arch? STL Arts Professionals Reimagine The Riverfront

This painting on plywood was at the Post Office on South Grand on Nov. 26.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

Since 1966, The Arch has represented St. Louis as the Gateway to the West. But it also has other connotations, especially now.

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On The Trail
10:56 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For Some, Dooley's Comments On Race, Corruption Hit A Nerve

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. The departing county executive contends that efforts to paint him as "corrupt" had racial overtones.
Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

When St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s political adversaries used a subcontract for the county’s police lab as campaign fodder, the Democratic official saw it as more than just a run-of-the-mill attack. 

Dooley said the attacks were part of a racially motivated effort to make him look corrupt – a tactic he said is an effective way to discredit black politicians. He went so far as to call county prosecutor Bob McCulloch a “liar” who played the “race card” and county executive-elect Steve Stenger as a dutiful patsy that perpetuated an untruth.

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Municipal Court Reform
10:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New St. Louis Municipal Court Rule Takes Ability To Pay Fines Into Consideration

From left to right: Philip Heagney, presiding judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court; Gordon Schweitzer, presiding judge of the City of St. Louis Municipal Court and Mayor Francis Slay.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis municipal court judges will now take a defendant’s ability to pay into account when issuing fines for traffic violations or other minor offenses.

A new administrative order went into effect Thursday requiring judges to determine a defendant’s ability to pay when issuing a fine. Judges can then use their discretion to find a fair way for the defendant to meet their obligation.

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