Death Penalty
1:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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Primary Election 2014
12:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Trio Goes All Out To Capture St. Charles-Based State Senate Seat

Former Rep. Vicki Schneider's "truck wrap"
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Running for a seat in the Missouri Senate is tough. It takes months of door-to-door campaigning, an endless dash for cash, and a thick skin to win a competitive race. 

But Chuck Gatschenberger and Vicki Schneider may have a secret weapon: Both candidates in the race for the western St. Charles-based 2nd senatorial district had their campaign logos and faces imprinted on their trucks.

Schneider said she wrapped her truck because she “wanted people to know that they’re voting for someone that is just like them.”

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Politically Speaking
11:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Politically Speaking: Missouri Chamber Chief Mehan Upbeat On Transportation Tax Prospects

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the Politically Speaking podcast.

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Primary Election 2014
10:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor's Love For Stenger Could Spell Trouble For Dooley

Steve Stenger, left, and Charlie Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

Less than two weeks to go before the Aug. 5 primary election, a key question in the St. Louis County executive contest centers on how much muscle area unions will exert in their effort to oust incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley.

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Health Care Workforce
11:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

The Number Of Health Care Workers With Low Education Levels Is Rising ― But Their Wages Aren't

In St. Louis, about a third of health care workers with less than a bachelor's degree were in households making less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $44,700 for a family of four in 2011.
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

About half of the health care workers in the St. Louis area have less than a bachelor's degree.

The number of health care workers with lower levels of education is on the rise here but for the most part, their salaries are not.

That puts the St. Louis region in line with the national trend, according to a new report released on Thursday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

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Bob Kuban Band
10:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Free Concerts: Brian Owens Wraps Up The Grace Hills Series

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Brian Owens, the Funky Butt Brass Band and Bill Forness and One More Round, A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Or just check out what's coming this week:

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Opening July 24
10:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.
Credit Provided by the World Chess Hall of Fame

The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.  His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.

So what makes Fischer so captivating?

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St. Louis On The Air
3:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air'

Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, agree on two things: Each says his attack ads are accurate and the other guy’s are not.

The two defended their accusations during separate, back-to-back appearances today with host Don Marsh on St. Louis Public Radio’s "St. Louis On the Air."  The sparring over ads reflected another common consensus: Their Aug. 5 primary contest will get even nastier.

The two ads in question attempt to link Stenger to sex trafficking and Dooley to FBI investigations.

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John Karel
3:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tower Grove Park Director To Step Down, Says Building On Park's Legacy Won't End

John Karel
Credit Provided by Tower Grover Pak

After 27 years, John Karel, the director of Tower Grove Park is stepping down.

Karel says during his time as director he always worked to restore, maintain and improve the park. The next person will still have a lot to do to maintain the city's second largest park.

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Community Supported Art
1:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Nine STL Artists Picked For New Program That Could Make You A Collector

Work from four of the artists in the first CSA group, clockwise from left, Ray Nadine, Caroline Philippone, Matthew Paul Isaacson, Brandon Daniels
Credit Images courtesy of CSA

An organization called Community Supported Art Saint Louis has named nine local artists to launch its new program.

The concept is as simple as a paint-by-the-numbers project: Fifty CSA “shares” are up for grabs at $300 apiece. Each share-buyer receives nine original works — one from each artist — at three “pick-up” events this September, October and November. Every artist walks away with $1,000 and wider exposure.

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