Politics & Issues
2:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Kelly Talks About Tax Cuts, Crime And Bonds

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking podcast team – Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies – host state Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, currently the longest-serving member of the state House.

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

St. Louis on the Air
11:53 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Panel Discussion Brings Lessons Of Reconciliation Learned In South Africa To St. Louis

From left to right: Ntobego Peni, Linda Biehl, Manfred Jacobs and Don Marsh in the St. Louis Public Radio talk studio on April 23, 2014.
Larry Kendall

While driving friends home from Western Cape University in 1993, American student Amy Biehl was dragged out of her car by an angry mob and killed. She was in South Africa because she wanted to take part in the fight against apartheid, but to the anti-apartheid militants in the mob her white face symbolized their oppressors.

Ntobeko Peni was a leader in the Pan African Student Organization, the militant political group that formed that mob, and was one of four men convicted of her murder.  

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Education
12:44 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sandoval, Basie Orchestra Headline Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Jim Widner
Credit Dawn DeBlaze

On April 17, 2004, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival debuted on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Politics & Issues
11:14 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Political Rundown: Mitt, Malaki, Hillary And One Very Funny Feline

This cat has nothing to do with the Australian prime minister or the prank on him. It's just a feral cat from Virginia.
Credit Wikipedia

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some pleasure to read.

Working-class hero

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St. Louis on the Air
6:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

From Actors To Setting, ‘Belleville’ Pays Tribute To Producer’s Hometown

The characters Willie and Neila from Belleville the Movie.
publicity photo

Belleville, Ill. is the setting of a new movie premiering April 22 in the city’s historic Lincoln Theatre. The film, also titled “Belleville,” was produced by the city’s own Ted Trentman, known professionally as Ted Trent.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Upcoming Saint Louis Art Museum Exhibit To Showcase Artistic Legacy Of City’s Patron Saint

Leaf from the Morgan Picture Bible
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

For its contribution to the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum is planning an exhibition showcasing the influence of Louis IX on the world of art. Louis IX, also known as St. Louis, is the city’s namesake.

At the heart of the exhibit will be a folio out of a picture Bible on loan from the Morgan Library in New York.

“We believe that the king, Louis IX, actually commissioned this Bible,” said St. Louis Art Museum curator Judy Mann.  “It is of such outstanding quality it had to have been a royal commission.”

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St. Louis on the Air
6:41 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Why Is St. Louis Named After A French King Who Was Born 800 Years Ago?

Saint Louis, King of France by el Greco
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

How did a French king born in 1214 become the namesake of a city founded in the heart of the Americas 550 years later? The answer is woven into the fabric of St. Louis’ identity even now, as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Friday marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of the city’s namesake: Louis IX, the only French king to become a saint.

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Politics & Issues
5:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon's Latest Tax-Cut Battle With General Assembly Resembles Earlier Fight

Missouri Capitol
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With a new tax-cut package on his desk, Missouri Gov. Nixon has zeroed in on a new “fatal flaw’’ that his administration says could wipe out 65 percent of the state’s general-revenue income used to fund most state services and aid to public schools.

The details may be different, but the basic argument mirrors last year’s fight, when Nixon successfully killed a tax-cut bill by highlighting flaws that he said would cost the state's treasury – and the public – far more than the bill’s backers had intended.

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Death Penalty
5:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri Executes Sixth Inmate In Six Months

Credit California Department of Corrections

William Rousan, 57, was put to death this morning for killing a couple, Grace and Charles Lewis, at a southeast Missouri farm in 1993.

It was the state's sixth execution in six months -- a dramatic uptick from years past. According to our examination, Missouri will set a record next month when it carries out seven straight months of executions.

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