2014 Election
5:11 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri's Republican and Democratic Parties Retool For Fall Elections

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Missouri’s Democratic and Republican parties have revamped their campaign operations, and installed new executive directors, just seven months before this fall’s elections.

The Missouri Democratic Party – which is fielding no candidate for state auditor -- also has taken the unusual step of dissolving the party’s state Senate and House campaign committees, folding control of those operations, and their money, into the state party’s coffers.

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Tax Cuts
4:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Nixon Says Tax Cut Would Hurt Schools

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to a class Monday at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

In a busy visit to Rockwood Summit High School Monday morning, Gov. Jay Nixon recorded a tagline for the school’s radio station, won a free throw showdown with the school’s scholar athlete and even posed for a selfie with a student.

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Public Transportation
4:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Judge Orders Ride-Share 'Lyft' To Stop Service

Lyft's cars often have pink mustaches on them. The San Francisco-based company is facing pushback from the regional taxi commission.
Credit Courtesy of Lyft

(Updated at 4 p.m., Mon., April 21)

A St. Louis judge has told a new ride share service that it must halt its operation in the city and county.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Cab Commission sued "Lyft" last week for entering the region’s market without registering.

Lyft allows customers to summon drivers using an app on their cell phones. Once the ride is over, customers pay the driver through credit card information stored within the application.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Cupcakes, Jury Duty Scams, Bill To Revise Mo. Criminal Code, Etc.

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

If you get a call saying you owe a fine for missing jury duty, take care. Scammers posing as officials with the city’s warrants department are targeting St. Louisans with that line.

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Entrepreneurial Boeing
2:38 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Boeing’s Ventures Moving To Cortex

Credit (courtesy Ventures)

Boeing Defense, Space & Security's start-up arm, Ventures, is moving to Cortex, the innovation and technology district in the Central West End. 

"We’re really looking forward to being part of the St. Louis’ rapidly growing hub of innovation, entrepreneurship, start-ups, and technology research," said Ventures' Vice President Tim Noonan.

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Combating food deserts
9:54 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

To Offset Loss Of Grocery Stores, City Tries Alternate Tactics

After the Schnucks on North Grand closes, there will be just one Schucks serving the north side of the city.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews/Mike Anderson)

Last week, Schnucks announced it was closing its store on Grand Boulevard in north St. Louis. The closure adds to the "food desert" in that part of the city. However, there are several programs in St. Louis that are attempting to make it easier for people to have access to fresh, healthy food. The map above shows some of the full-service grocery stores in St. Louis. The Schnucks that is closing is the large circle.

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The Rundown
9:53 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Health & Science Rundown: Salamanders And The Delicate Balance

The fire salamander wasn't a part of any of the studies mentioned in this article. But it's very photogenic.
Credit (Flickr/William Warby)

The humble salamander kicks off this week’s summary of science, health and environmental news.

Actually, the salamander may not be so humble. Or at least, not woodland salamanders. It turns out, those little critters are hugely helpful in decreasing the amount of carbon gas released into the atmosphere. And they do it because they are very good eaters.

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Diaper need
1:51 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Diaper Drive Donates 25,000 Diapers For Families In Need

Credit Diaper Drive for Nurses for Newborns Facebook page

Organizers of a St. Louis-area diaper drive say they’re extending their effort another week because of enthusiastic community response.

Disposable diapers are estimated to cost up to $100 a month for one baby. Some St. Louis nonprofits try to assist families, but there is no dedicated diaper bank charity in the city.

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Jazz Unlimited
1:14 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

The Compositions Of Duke Ellington

Scott Hamilton, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Bob Cooper-1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The Sunday, April 20  Jazz Unlimited will be “Compositions of Duke Ellington.”   April marks the 115th birthday of one of our greatest composers, Duke Ellington.  We will hear music that includes a 1932 medley in stereo, a suite for a film on the horse racing paintings of Degas, a vocal of one of his pieces from “Such Sweet Thunder,” a tribute to Shakespeare.  Other artists on the show include Al Cohn, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Johnny O’Neal, Ella Fitzgerald, Clarinet Summit, Buell Neidlinger, McCoy Tyner, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Jam

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Saint Louis Zoo
4:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo

Bennie was one of the zoo's most popular sea lions.
Credit Roger Brandt/Saint Louis Zoo

A sea lion has died at the St. Louis Zoo.

“Bennie,” as he was known, was born at the zoo in 2002 and would have been 12 years old in June.

The 500 pound sea lion was one of the stars of the zoo’s sea lion show. But he stopped performing two weeks ago and had been under veterinary care.

The zoo says a necropsy will be performed by its pathologist, but it will take several weeks for the zoo to get the lab results needed to determine the cause of death.

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