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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Beyond Ferguson
10:24 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

President Names Packnett -- Local Activist And Educator -- To Task Force On Policing

Brittany Packnett
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Brittany Packnett says she’s made a career of “listening intently and intensively” to the needs of young people.  The former third-grade teacher, current Ferguson activist and executive director of Teach for America in St. Louis will now put her listening and leadership skills to use as a member of President Barack Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing.

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Healthcare in St. Louis
9:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Before ACA, Number of Uninsured Remained Stagnant in St. Louis as Economy Recovered

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Despite progress in unemployment rates, the number of St. Louis residents who were uninsured in 2013 was almost the same as it was five years ago, according to an annual report by the St. Louis Regional Health Commission.   

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Local food in schools
7:21 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Agriculture Department Awarding Grants To Bring More Farm Food To Schools

The Missouri Agriculture Department is hoping Farm-to-School value-added grants will bring more locally produced food into schools.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

The Missouri Department of Agriculture will soon announce the winners of competitive grants aimed at increasing the amount of locally produced foods in school, while growing local businesses.

The Farm-to-School Value-Added grants will go to businesses that either buy or process foods from local farmers, or are food producers themselves. The applicants must already have a relationship with schools, either directly or through a distributor. 

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