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9:49 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Inside The World's Only Corn Cob Pipe Factory, Missouri Meerschaum

Having been dried, shaped and plastered, pipes await the finishing touch at the Missouri Meerschaum Co. Located in Washington, Mo. it's the world's only mass manufacturer of authentic corn cob pipes.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

Our Rachel Lippmann had a story about corn cob pipes on NPR's Morning Edition today - yes, corn cob pipes of the Mark Twain, Frosty the Snowman, Popeye, General MacArthur variety. It turns out, these pipes have a big Missouri connection.

As NPR says:

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Billikens Basketball
5:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

SLU Holds Watch Party For Their Basketball Billikens

The watch party for the St. Louis University Billikens at SLU's Chaifetz Arena.
Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio

Over a thousand Billikens fans showed up to cheer on their team at a watch party at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena.

The game was displayed on all four jumbotrons, with snacks and refreshments also being offered. The event was free and open to the public.

SLU is a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their highest seed in school history. Their success this season is attributed greatly to the recruiting of their late coach, Rick Majerus. Majerus passed away last December of heart failure, and their season has been unofficially dedicated in his memory.

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Voting
2:48 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Registered Sex Offenders Voting At Schools? Not Under New Mo. House Bill

(via Flickr/hlkljgk)

The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill which would mandate registered sex offenders to vote at their local country clerk’s office, instead of at schools.

The House Elections Committee held a hearing on the proposed legislation today. Rep. Tim Remole (R), is sponsoring the legislation and says that it will protect the voting rights of registered offenders, while also protecting children in schools that are designated as polling places.

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Illinois Same-Sex Measure
9:59 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Measure To Face House Committee

Flickr/ TylerIngram

An Illinois House Committee could vote as early as today on a measure granting equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. The bill would need to be approved by the House Executive Committee, and then voted on in the full body.

Democratic Representative Greg Harris, who sponsored the bill, says that he expects the committee to approve the legislation.

The Illinois State Senate approved the bill on Valentine’s Day, with Democratic backing and a single Republican vote.

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MetroLink Development
3:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Meetings Scheduled For Development Of Areas Around MetroLink Stations

St. Louis Public Radio

The regional planning agency East-West Gateway Council of Governments is asking the public what it wants to see in transit-oriented development around five MetroLink stations

Starting tonight, East-West Gateway will hold a series of open houses. A complete list of locations is below.

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Illinois Prison Crowding
4:38 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary Housing Due To Crowding

Flickr/chrisindarwin

A prison watchdog says "bed space is trumping security" in Illinois correctional facilities as officials announced they plan to set up temporary bed space in a half-dozen mostly medium-security prisons.  

The change was announced Thursday in a letter from the Illinois Department of Corrections to the main employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

AFSCME says the move is in preparation for closing the women's prison in Dwight. 

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Sunshine Law exemptions
4:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri House, Senate Approve Separate Open Records Bills

Flickr/Joe Buckingham

The Missouri House and Senate have each approved measures that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.


Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests. The two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.  State Representative Vicki Englund (D, Tesson) says the legislation will help protect children while at school.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
9:24 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Live Special Event: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

An audience member asks a question of the candidates during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:45 p.m. following forum - more to come.

Today, "St. Louis on the Air" hosted its St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.

(For a full report of the event, see our Chris McDaniel's story here)

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Marijuana/Law
3:39 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

A measure outlined in the Missouri House on Tuesday could give first-time offenders for marijuana possession the opportunity of community service, instead of jail time.

After completing the sentence, the bill would also allow for the convictions to be removed from the offender’s record.

Representative Rory Ellinger, a criminal defense lawyer from St. Louis, hopes that the bill will help youth offenders to get jobs by not having to disclose the conviction to employers.

Board of Aldermen
3:57 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Committee Approves Boost For Minority Participation, Ethics Legislation

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has taken a small step toward expanding then number of minorities and women working construction in the city.

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