Kate Essig

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Saint Louis Zoo
4:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Saint Louis Zoo Shows Off Plans For Its New Polar Bear Exhibit

An artist's rendering of the new exhibit
(Saint Louis Zoo)

The Saint Louis Zoo is forging ahead with building a new, state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit.

The 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point will more than double the zoo’s previous polar bear habitat, which closed in 2009.

Features of the exhibit will include:

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Government Shutdown
9:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Health Documents Deadline Extended For Some Illinois Retirees

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown.

Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage. But as the federal shutdown drags on, the transcripts aren't being released by the IRS.

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Saint Louis University
5:10 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Email Scam At SLU Compromises Personal Information

via Flickr/chuteme

An email scam directed towards Saint Louis University employees compromised private information to an unknown user, including the personal health information of about 3,000 people.  

A subset of SLU employees received an email in late July asking them to disclose their log-in and password information on a phony website posing as SLU’s log-in portal. 40 SLU employees responded to the email, and 20 email accounts were accessed by the unknown user.

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Federal Shutdown
1:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Civilian Workers Return To Work At Scott Air Force Base

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base.
(via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Civilian workers returned to Scott Air Force Base today after almost a week on furlough because of the government shutdown. Their return was a result of a Department of Defense ruling that civilian workers whose mission contributes to “the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members” could return to the job with pay. 

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Politics
3:10 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Congressman Bill Enyart Proposes Continuing Resolution To 'Put American Government Back To Work'

Congressman Bill Enyart (D)
(WikepediaCommons)

Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart is frustrated with the partial government shutdown.

Enyart, who represents areas of Southern Illinois and East St. Louis, supports a continuing resolution that would allow the National Guard to be paid and put the VA and 70 percent of the CIA back to work. A veteran with over 35 years of military service, Enyart contends that the best way to support the troops is to reopen the government.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Employees Protest Government Shutdown In St. Louis

(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

“No shutdown, let’s work!"

This was the anthem of protestors demonstrating today in front of the Federal Center in St. Louis. The protest, comprised of federal employees and their supporters, was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees in response to the shutdown’s effect on furloughed government workers.

Beyond the loss of wages for government employees, protestors also criticized the shutdown of some government services. 

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Science
4:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

FIRST Robotics International Championship Will Stay In St. Louis

These students and their robot participated in the 2011 FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Kids with robots will continue coming to St. Louis for the next few years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced today that the world finals of its robotics competition will take place in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.

The international competition has been held in St. Louis for the last three years and is scheduled to remain here next year, as well. Today’s announcement guarantees that the championship will return to St. Louis for the next three years after that.

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Export Missouri
3:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Gov. Nixon Unveils New Resources For International Trade

Gov. Jay Nixon announces an additional $2.3 million in resources for Missouri exporters on Sept. 27, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Businesses that want to expand to new international markets or start exporting their goods for the first time are getting a boost from Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

Nixon announced his "Export Missouri" initiative in St. Louis on Friday, at a luncheon honoring 20 years of the World Trade Center - St. Louis. The new program uses $2.3 million in state funding to open new trade offices in Canada and southeast Asia; offset the costs to companies of international trade shows or trade missions; and new online resources.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Senator Claire McCaskill Criticizes Pseudo-Filibuster

Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
(WikepediaCommons)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is criticizing Republican Senator Ted Cruz's marathon speech on the Affordable Care Act, saying he did it to promote himself.

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School Transfers
7:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Education Officials Tell Lawmakers Their Concerns About School Transfer Process

The Missouri State House of Representatives Interim Committee listens to the concerns of education officials.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

On Monday the Missouri State House of Representatives Interim Committee on Education kicked off a listening tour geared toward collecting feedback on issues facing schools around the state.

Even though several topics were listed on the agenda, the school transfer process was a big part of the discussion.

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