Sold! For $227,000
11:38 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Since You Missed That Nike Missile Base, Perhaps We Could Interest You In A Missouri Stonehenge

The former launch site near Hecker, Ill., is weather-worn, but the underground missile bunkers are intact and the elevators work.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

That old Nike missile launch site that’s been in the news lately could have been yours for $227,000, but since you missed that real estate gem, perhaps broker Wayne Keller could interest you in a Show-Me State version of Stonehenge.

Keller, whose buy-a-farm.com usually sells farms with silos that hold grain not Hercules missiles, says he’s marketed some unique properties in the past -- including a kitty litter plant. But selling a Cold War relic has been a blast.

“It’s certainly been the highlight so far,’’ he said.

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St. Louis Politics
10:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Slay Names Alderman Florida As New Recorder Of Deeds

Jennifer Florida
Credit City of St. Louis

(Updated 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 14)

Last Thursday, the day before then-Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter was forced to step down, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay approached Alderman Jennifer Florida about becoming her replacement. On Monday, Florida was sworn in.

Florida said in an interview that the mayor had reaffirmed the importance of the job and his desire to quickly deal with "this sudden impending vacancy.."

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On The Trail
9:28 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports

Credit (via Flickr/Tracy O)

A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real. 

And by “getting real,” I mean getting "real expensive.”

Tuesday is the deadline for campaign committees to turn in their fund-raising reports. These are the documents showing how much money political candidates and ballot initiatives have for the final push to the Aug. 5 primary.  They can also reveal how much cash is being shelled out in competitive primaries.

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Primary Election 2014
9:18 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri

Credit (via Flickr/M Glasgow)

Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.

"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."

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Arch Grounds Renovation
3:51 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

'Park Over The Highway' At Arch Begins To Take Shape

Large cranes place 14 ton girders across the depressed lanes of I-44 in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A major step in the Gateway Arch grounds renovation is taking place this weekend, causing road closures and detours in downtown St. Louis.

Working around the clock from Friday night until Monday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are placing 40 large girders over the depressed lanes of I-44. It’s the first step in building the land bridge that will connect downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds.

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General Obligation Bond
5:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/iChaz)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is unlikely to vote on a $200 million bond issue until after the August primary election. That's because Board president Lewis Reed put a temporary kibosh on bill by tabling any discussion of the issue.

Reed cited a litany of reasons for the delay, including the need to continue negotiations with the mayor's office and fine-tune the bill. 

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Primary Election 2014
5:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election

Sharon Carpenter
Credit City of St. Louis

St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter, the city’s longest-serving current citywide official, is stepping down from office amid a probe into whether she violated the state’s nepotism law.

But Carpenter is expected to seek election to a new term in a few weeks – and she still has the endorsement of Mayor Francis Slay.

The nepotism ban only applies to her current term, which ends in December. It does not bar her from seeking the office again.

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Cityscape
4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

"EVT" is one of the films included in the showcase
Credit Mike Rohlfing

Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.

Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way. 

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Commentary
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed?

Nancy Kranzberg

The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.

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Jazz Unlimited
3:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 2: The Great Depression And The Beginning of World War II

Eddie Randle-1938
photographer unknown Courtesy of the Randle Family

The July 13 Jazz Unlimited show is the second part of the Jazz History of St. Louis Radio Documentary.  The story of the jazz musicians of St. Louis and their relation to St. Louis history will be told in words and music by the people who were a part of that story.  The musicians and groups featured in Part Two are Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Johnson and the St. Louis Crackerjacks, Hayes Pillars and the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, George Hudson, Eddie Randle and the St.

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