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Ferguson
5:28 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Officials Battle Over Who's In Charge In Ferguson And Probe

Missouri State Highway Patrol captain Ronald Johnson talks to a reporters. Johnson has taken over the command of the law enforcement duties in Missouri.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Although the Missouri Highway Patrol is overseeing the police presence in Ferguson, it quickly has become apparent that neither the patrol nor Gov. Jay Nixon is in control of all law-enforcement actions.

That lack of control already is leading to unwanted surprises that revolve around a central question:  Who is in charge?

That question also applies to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who are battling over who should control a local probe into the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown. 

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Michael Brown
9:44 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Michael Brown Shooting Looms Large Over County Council Meeting

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, represents Ferguson on the St. Louis County Council. She talked to reporters on Tuesday about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday’s St. Louis County Council meeting was uneventful. There were no major bills considered. And the face-to-face meeting between former Democratic county executive rivals didn’t happen. 

But this meeting was first time the council met since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And the 18-year-old’s death loomed large over the proceedings.

“This issue will be a test for all of us,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “The world is watching and we need to get it right the first time.”

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Michael Brown
3:28 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

For Michael Brown, Wheels Of Justice May Turn Slowly

Protestor Allen Smith holds his sign up for passing traffic as he stands outside of the QuikTrip Gas station that was burned down in Ferguson. It may be awhile before investigators determine whether to bring state or federal charges against a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed has an idea about what’s driving the frustration about Michael Brown’s death. 

As federal and local investigations into Brown’s shooting death unfold, Reed said more and more people want details and quick action. They want to know what really happened when a Ferguson police officer shot the 18-year-old last Saturday.

“We need to get some information out, some good solid information out,” said Reed on St. Louis on the Air on Monday. “The people need to know what direction we’re taking. Not we, but the department is taking.”

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Politically Speaking
11:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Politically Speaking: The Biggest Losers -- And Biggest Winners -- Of Primary

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week, we dive into last night's election results.

The Politically Speaking crew broke down the results from Tuesday's primary elections. Among other things, the trio examined:

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Politics & Issues
11:59 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Stenger Promises Change As He Ousts Dooley, Now Faces Stream

Steve Stenger celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary for county executive.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Even St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger seemed shocked by his huge margin of victory Tuesday over St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in the Democratic primary.

“It certainly looks absolutely phenomenal,’’ Stenger told reporters, shortly before Dooley officially conceded.

Stenger won with 66 percent of the countywide vote, carrying most of the county’s 28 townships. But his electoral success could have repercussions this fall.

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Primary Election 2014
1:33 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Dooley, Stenger Focus On Rounding Up Votes As Polls Open

Yard signs for the Republican and Democratic candidates for St. Louis County executive adorn the parking lot of an Affton polling place
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 9 a.m.,Tues., Aug. 5)

As today’s voting gets underway, the two men competing in the region’s hottest primary contest – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger – are busily scrounging up support.

Accompanied by his wife and newborn daughter, Stenger showed up around 8 a.m. this morning at his polling place in Affton to cast his ballot and begin a day filled with stops at polling places around the county.

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On The Trail
8:46 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Lessons Learned In Missouri's Relatively Tranquil Primary Season

Councilman Steve Stenger and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
Credit Parth Shah, St. Louis Public Radio

By any conceivable measure, Missouri doesn’t have a particularly robust election cycle this year. But that doesn't mean that there aren't lessons to learn.

Even though this year's primary season featured fewer contested races than usual, the past few months still produced twists, turns and surprises. That’s especially true because a number of ballot initiatives were placed on the August ballot, making up for a relative dearth of competitive legislative contests.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis Region Could Offer Temporary Shelter, Care To Migrant Children From Central America

Mayor Francis Slay, joined by County Executive Charlie Dooley and a coalition of social service providers, announced plans to seek federal money to house migrant children from Central America.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the press conference, reactions.

St. Louis, St. Louis County and about a dozen social service agencies plan to seek federal money to provide temporary shelter and care to some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border of the United States.

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Primary Election 2014
10:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

What You Need To Know About Candidates In August Primary

Clockwise from left: Charlie Dooley, Rick Stream, Tony Pousosa and Steve Stenger
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

If you have watched any television lately, you'll have seen the barrage of ads in the Democratic race for St. Louis County executive -- one of the major races on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. County Executive Charlie Dooley, the incumbent for the past decade, is arguably in the political fight of his life with County Councilman Steve Stenger. While Dooley and Stenger are duking it out, House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa are waging a below the radar campaign.

Meet the candidates for county exec

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Commentary
10:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Vote

Credit Rachel Heidenry | File photo | St. Louis Beacon

Next Tuesday, Missouri voters will write the ending to a summer season of political melodrama. Will you vote?

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