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Cancer Treatment
10:43 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation

Dr. Bradley Schlaggar and his colleagues at the Washington University School of Medicine used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize "chemobrain," a phenomenon that many patients receiving chemotherapy describe as a "mental fog."
Credit Bradley Schlaggar

  

Most people have heard about the undesirable side effects that chemotherapy has on the body of people suffering from cancer. There's balding, fatigue and loss of appetite, to name a few.

Until recently, however, chemotherapy’s effects on the brain weren’t widely recognized. The cognitive side effects – a  fuzzy memory and poor attention span – were usually dismissed by physicians, scientists and even some cancer patients.

The symptoms have a name: Post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment, or “chemobrain,” among those who suffer from it.

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Memorial Day
2:06 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

City Officials, Families Honor Veterans At Memorial Day Service

A memorial procession Monday commemorates fallen soldiers and those currently serving at war at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

Veterans, families and other citizens commemorated fallen soldiers and loved ones who served in war Monday at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was among the elected officials who gathered for the 55th annual ceremony at the cemetery, which is the fifth largest under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Slay said Memorial Day marks one of the most important days of every summer.

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Ameren: Coal Ash Landfill
9:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Environmentalists Petition Nixon To Stop Coal Ash Landfill Permit

Credit (Ameren Missouri website)

Environmental groups delivered about 3,500 petitions to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office in Jefferson City on Thursday, asking him to stop a construction permit for a coal ash landfill in Franklin County. The permit would allow Ameren Missouri to build a new landfill near its power plant located by the Missouri River.

Ameren says it’s almost of out of room in existing storage ponds for the coal ash, so it wants to build a newer and safer facility. In a released statement, it says it is committed to building a state-of-the-art landfill for its customers.

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Underground Railroad
3:02 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civic Leaders Announce Competition For Meachum Freedom Crossing Monument Design

Angela da Silva, adjunct professor in American studies at Lindenwood University, re-enacts the night of Mary Meachum's freedom crossing.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

On the 159th anniversary of Mary Meachum's attempted crossing of the Mississippi River — from what was at the time the slave state of Missouri to the free state Illinois — St. Louis residents, local groups and officials gathered at the crossing site to announce plans for a permanent monument. For many of those who attended, it marks 15 years of hard work to get the site more widely recognized. 

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Gateway Bike Plan
5:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

St. Louis Gets Its Report Card: Plans For Bike Routes On Track

Credit Flickr/Jeremy Noble

As St. Louisans participated in National Bike to Work Day recently, a local group reflected on its efforts to make the region more bike-friendly.

Great Rivers Greenway has released a report, grading St. Louis’ progress on a region-wide bike plan. The Gateway Bike Plan would build bike routes connecting parks, universities and major public areas throughout St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Other initiatives under the plan would implement policies and training programs to support bikers.

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Infrastructure
5:40 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

In Visit To Arch, Biden Praises Investments In Infrastructure

Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks at the Arch grounds Tuesday afternoon. He addressed the importance of investing in infrastructure. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (second from left) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (behind Biden) were also present.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

Vice President Joe Biden made a short stop at the Gateway Arch grounds on Tuesday, praising the Arch improvements as a prime example of successful partnerships.

Last year, St. Louis voters approved a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax hike to be used alongside federal and state grants as well as private donations to pay for improvements to the Arch grounds. The total cost of the renovation of the Arch grounds is expected to be about $380 million, with about $250 million coming from private sources. The current schedule has it on pace to be completed in 2016.

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On the Trail
10:19 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

As City-County Merger Study Unfolds, Some Municipal Leaders Are Speaking Out

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is one of numerous municipal officials who are speaking out against a city-county merger.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is no stranger to fighting city hall.

At this point last year, Paul was clawing his way back into office after a high-profile – and at-times bizarre – impeachment saga. Despite an intense and expensive effort from his political adversaries to remove him, Paul eventually kept his job as mayor. His town has generally been out of the headlines ever since.

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Scott Air Force Base
4:45 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Two Generals Step Up As New Leaders At Scott Air Force Base

This is a file photo from 2011 of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L) shaking the hand of Gen. William Fraser (C) after Fraser assumed command of United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base. Gen. Paul Selva was appointed head of U.S. Transportation command Monday. Fraser is retiring after 40 years of service.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Two Change of Command ceremonies commemorated new leadership at Scott Air Force Base on Monday.

Gen. Paul Selva now leads U.S. Transportation Command at Scott after Gen. William Fraser’s retirement. Gen. Darren McDew replaces Selva as head of Air Mobility Command.

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Peabody Protest
5:57 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Washington U Students Object To Energy Firm Executive's Seat as Trustee

Students at Washington University protest outside a Board of Trustees meeting on Friday. Seven students who tried to enter the building were arrested.
(Washington University Students Against Peabody)

Seven students at Washington University in St. Louis were arrested Friday after attempting to enter an administration building on the Danforth campus where a board of trustees meeting was being held. The students were among a group of 100 protestors rallying against the school’s connection to Peabody Energy.

Caroline Burney, a Washington University senior, said the protestors were trying to deliver a letter of resignation to Peabody's chief executive officer Greg Boyce, who is also a university trustee.

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Pro soccer in St. Louis
4:40 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

St. Louis Scores New Professional Soccer Team

St. Louis hosted a friendly game of soccer between Argentina and Bosnia in November, 2013. The enthusiasm has helped bolster hopes for a pro team.
Credit (Tim Lloyd)

St. Louis will once again have its own professional soccer team.

Many green- and white-clad soccer fans celebrated the exciting news at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher soccer club facilities, where the club and United Soccer Leagues (USL) made the announcement Thursday.

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