Joplin Tornado Aftermath / KCUR on NPR
4:55 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

For Joplin's children, tornado's effects persist

A child's room is seen in a destroyed home after the tornado passed through Joplin on May 26. The city's residents are still coping with losses from the storm, which damaged or destroyed an estimated 8,000 structures.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 11:01 pm

The tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., in May destroyed a third of the town and killed 162 people. While the storm lasted just minutes, the psychological damage continues, and the community is mobilizing to cope with continuing trauma. The city's children are dealing with both the unsettling effects of the tornado and what the loss, disruption and heartache is doing to their parents.

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The Road Back To Work
9:08 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Bumps On The Road Back To Work

Casaundra Bronner returned to work in July and says being able to walk her daughters to the bus in the morning is one of the benefits of her new job at a small company.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 3:09 pm

Part of an ongoing series.

Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job.

Back in January, we gave six people, all living in St. Louis, Mo., digital recorders and asked them to document their experience as they went through the process of looking for a job.

Working, Still Struggling

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Your Money
8:21 am
Thu September 1, 2011

A push to curb auto service contract scams


Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 11:01 pm

You've likely seen the commercials for vehicle service contracts on TV promising to save customers thousands of dollars in repairs to their older cars and trucks.

And St. Louis is like the Silicon Valley of those vehicle service contract companies. But while the industry continues to thrive, Missouri's Better Business Bureau logged almost 1,000 complaints about it last year alone.

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New Madrid Fault / Earthquakes
4:37 am
Sat August 27, 2011

At New Madrid fault, shaky guesses on next quake

The New Madrid earthquakes broke up rock like this section of rock face, which was later filled with sand. This photo, from Mississippi County, Mo., was taken in 1904.
M.L. Fuller (Image 336) USGS

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 9:53 am

The magnitude-5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern U.S. on Tuesday took everyone — even geologists — by surprise. But even when there are reasons to think an earthquake could be around the corner, scientists still can't make good predictions.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:16 am
Wed August 17, 2011

How The Merger Of Two Health Care Giants May Affect Your Wallet

Express Scripts and Medco Health Services say their merger will help control prescription drug costs. But many prescriptions may only be available by mail, which may not sit well with some consumers.
Sean Locke

Originally published on Tue August 23, 2011 10:42 am

You probably haven't heard of either Express Scripts or Medco Health Services, but their plans to merge in a $29 billion deal, announced last month, may have an impact on your pocketbook.

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From NPR's All things Considered
2:47 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri outlaws student-teacher Facebook friendship

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 5:12 pm

A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging SB54, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.

That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

President signs bipartisan debt ceiling plan into law

A screengrab of CSpan's coverage of the Senate vote.

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 11:43 am

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET. President Signs Bill:

President Obama has signed into law a bi-partisan bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids a government default that analysts as well as the White House warned could have had catastrophic effects on the American economy.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-26 to send the bill to the president's desk. The AP reports Obama signed the bill privately in the Oval Office.

Our Original Post:

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11:41 am
Thu July 28, 2011

St. Louis-area voters feel frozen out by debt debate

Catherine Ridgley, in St. Charles, Mo. with her daughter Carryl on July 27, says she's had "too much of government."
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 11:26 am

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt-ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

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Missouri & The Civil War
8:50 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism

St. Louis, whose location on the Mississippi River made it a hub for the sale of slaves, marked the Civil War sesquicentennial by re-enacting a slave auction in January. Missouri officials hope the anniversary will draw more attention to the state's Civil War history.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 21, 2011 12:01 am

With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more Civil War battle sites.

Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.

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Opera / St. Louis
4:30 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

'The Death Of Klinghoffer' Returns To Face The Music - in St. Louis

Brian Mulligan as Leon Klinghoffer and Nancy Maultsby as Marilyn Klinghoffer in the 2011 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
Ken Howard, 2011 courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Originally published on Fri June 17, 2011 3:22 pm

It's been nearly 20 years since the John Adams/Alice Goodman/Peter Sellars/Mark Morris opera The Death of Klinghoffer has been given a full U.S. stage production; the last was in San Francisco in 1992. Perhaps that should come as no surprise, given the rancor stirred by its 1991 American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. But it's back at Opera Theater of St. Louis for the next week. Its revival has tried to address some of the issues and concerns raised by the controversial premiere.

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