On The Trail
9:37 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of bills this session. But some of those objections could be overridden by the GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)

Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he can outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation. 

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Primary Election 2014
9:31 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.
Credit (via Flickr/derekGavey)

Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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Primary Election 2014
9:20 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Contenders Embrace Mantra Of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

St. Louis County Government Center

According to the latest U.S. census figures, St. Louis County is home to close to 30,000 non-farm-related businesses – about one-fifth of Missouri’s total -- that employ at least 546,000 people.

Add in one-person firms, such as real estate agents or solo-practice lawyers, and the number of county businesses swells to roughly 80,000.

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Beyond Jazz
9:14 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Commentary: Collaboration Makes The Arts Better

Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Emile Griffith in Champion
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

I recently joined a group of arts leaders at the Nine Network to discuss how organizations in Grand Center could collaborate more effectively. As part of the meeting, they asked us to name some of the ways collaborations have created value in the community. This question took me back to my first day of business school at Washington University, when we talked about the concept of value: how the benefits an organization produces are greater than the costs of the organization. It is a classic case of one plus one equals three.

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Flooding
4:41 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

After Yet Another Flood, Clarksville Renews Quest For A Permanent Solution

A flooded street in a residential part of Clarksville, Mo. early in the 2014 flood.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Clarksville, Mo., has barely begun to set itself to rights after the latest deluge from the Mississippi River.  But city officials are already worried about the next flood.

"It just seems like the flood comes more and more often now," said Clarksville Emergency Manager Kathy Weiss. "Twenty years ago we didn’t have a flood every year, but seems like now every year or two years we’re having a flood. So we have to think of something more permanent.”

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Politics & Issues
4:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters

Police Chief Sam Dotson is joined by a crowd as he marches to the new SLMPD headquarters Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.

Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.

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Defense
9:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash

Dick Durbin
Credit File photo

For U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more sanctions against Russia aren’t enough to demonstrate the United States’ fury over Thursday’s crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

Durbin and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., both believe that the bulk of the blame lies with “Putin’s effort to destabilize the Ukraine,’’ as Durbin put it.

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Urban Redevelopment
5:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Residents' Tenacity Sparked North Sarah Community Revival

The North Sarah Community in St. Louis' Vandeventer neighborhood.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ann Walker works for McCormack Baron Salazar. Not only does she work for one of the companies that helped develop the North Sarah Community, she’s also a resident.

“The kids in the neighborhood know me. I have a little dog that I walk,” Walker said. “They always want to see if the dog can come out and play.”

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Cityscape
4:38 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage

Whit Reichert (J.B. Biggley) and Ben Nordstrom (J. Pierrepont Finch) in Stages St. Louis' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Credit Peter Wochniak

St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and Stages St. Louis is bringing it back to St. Louis.

Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.

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Cityscape
4:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art?

The modernism exhibit at the Kodner Art Gallery
Credit Kodner Art Gallery

Modern art and furniture is getting its due (again) as collectors return to the styles made popular in the early 1900s through about 1970.

“Young collectors have become very eclectic,” said Stephanie Stokes, manager at the Kodner Gallery. “People appreciate vintage.”

The “Modernism: Art + Design” exhibit at Kodner Gallery in Ladue features modern paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture. Stokes described the modern movement as artists’ reactions to a changing world.

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