Coldwater Creek
5:46 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Army Corps Updates Public On Cleanup Of Radioactive North County Creek

Jenell Wright (front row, in blue) and Meagan Beckermann (second row, in light blue) were among the crowd of more than 100 that gathered to listen to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 1/29/15 after the meeting

More than a hundred people packed into a room at the Hazelwood Civic Center East Thursday night to hear the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers talk about its cleanup of St. Louis radioactive waste sites.

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Human Trafficking
11:13 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

With Human Trafficking More In The Spotlight, Resources Are At A Premium For Victims

Dedee Lhamon (far right), the founder and executive director of The Covering House, listens to Rep. Ann Wagner speak at a July 2014 conference on human trafficking at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Credit Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

February first is Super Bowl Sunday. By presidential declaration, it’s also Freedom Day, marking the end of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

As awareness of human trafficking has grown, lawmakers at the state and national levels have been doing what they can to combat it. But most of the heavy lifting falls on the shoulders of non-profits.

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Small Business
11:09 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Three Small St. Louis Hardware Stores On Keeping Up (And Keeping Open)

A woodburning stove is the main source of heat at Marx Hardware & Paint Co. in the Old North neighborhood. The store was founded in 1875 but has been in its "new" location since 1881.
Maria Altman|St. Louis Public Radio

There's been a buzz in the St. Louis hardware store community that one of their own could be closing.

Hanneke Hardware & Industrial Supply Co., a longtime business in The Hill neighborhood, is considering closing its retail business. Opened in 1927 by Carl Hanneke Sr., the store has exchanged hands in recent years and was bought by Christine Kantis and Michael Grewe in 2011. Right now the owners are considering their options. An assistant told St. Louis Public Radio they'll know more next week.

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Cuba
6:44 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Nixon Announces Missouri Trade Mission To Cuba; Durbin Moves To Lift U.S. Travel Ban

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announces he'll lead an agricultural trade mission to Cuba in March. Flanking Nixon are Mo. Farm Bureau CEO Blake Hurst (l) and Mo. Agriculture Dir. Richard Fordyce (r).
Credit Ray Howze/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made it official Thursday when he announced that he'll be leading an agricultural trade mission to Cuba in March.

Last month, Nixon, a Democrat, ordered his Agriculture Department to explore trade opportunities with the island nation, following President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with the communist regime.  Nixon says Missouri's farmers and livestock owners have a lot to gain by doing business with Cuba.

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Documenting Destruction
5:52 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Missouri History Museum Looks For Ferguson Artifacts In Burnt Down Building

Missouri History Museum employees dig through ash and scrap metal for artifacts.
Credit Emanuele Berry / St. Louis Public Radio

Owner of Fashions R Boutique, Juanita Morris was stunned when she got the call that her shop was on fire.

“No, not my building,” Morris said. “But you know, I looked, the building next door was burning and the building across the street was burning, so I just said, 'Well I was just caught up in the middle'.”

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St. Louis Blues
4:19 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Brodeur Moves To Blues Front Office

Martin Brodeur speaks with a Canadian television reporter shortly after announcing plans to leave the ice and join the Blues' front office.
Credit Wayne Pratt, St. Louis Public Radio

Even though he only played a handful of games with the St. Louis Blues, the National Hockey League’s most successful goaltender ever is comfortable enough with the organization, and the city, to hang around a bit longer.

Martin Brodeur officially hung up his skates Thursday and accepted a front office job with the hockey team.

He is now senior advisor to the team’s General Manager Doug Armstrong, as the Blues prepare for a Stanley Cup push by relying on a new executive who did it all as a player.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:14 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

UM System President Discusses Tuition Hike, Expansion Plans

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

The University of Missouri System is doing well, president Tim Wolfe said Thursday, but some extra cash wouldn’t hurt.

“The quantity of students that we have are at all-time highs: 77,000 students. The quality of the students, as measured by their ACT score, now averages 26, which also is an all-time high,” Wolfe told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh. “The financial condition of the University of Missouri System is decent. Decent relative to our balancing the revenue and the expenses with the challenges that we have of keeping tuition low.”

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So & Nakamura
12:45 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

On Chess: Rumbling In The Top Ranks Of American Chess

Hikaru Nakamura
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis | File Photo

The acquisition of Grandmaster Wesley So was the big news coming out of 2014. The Philippine-born prodigy and former Webster University star joined the U.S. Chess Federation after cracking the world’s top 10. But just a month into 2015, So is already setting new headlines -- the latest causing a literal stir on the top.

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Cut & Paste
9:11 am
Thu January 29, 2015

‘Cut & Paste’: New Arts Podcast Kicks Off With STL Legend Leslie Laskey

From Left, Frank Schwaiger, Nancy Fowler, Willis Ryder Arnold, Bruno David and Leslie Laskey
Credit Donna Korando | St. Louis Public Radio

This week, St. Louis Public Radio debuts its first arts podcast,"Cut & Paste."

We invite local visual and performing artists to tell stories. Who inspires them? What are their successes? Where have they stumbled along the way? Sometimes, in the conversation, it's us doing the stumbling! But we always have fun. We hope you will, too.

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