Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
12:30 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Search St. Louis-Area Child Care Facility Records With 'Reveal'

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Whether to send children to child care, and which facility to send them to, are choices often fraught with concern. Compounding this, Missouri's oversight of child care facilities has been spotty in the recent past. But more information in the hands of parents and guardians can help. 

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Missouri Impact
11:26 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Lethal Injection Executions

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol. The case could have direct impact on Missouri in at least two ways.

First, it raises questions about the use of midazolam. Oklahoma uses the drug as the first step in its execution procedure. Missouri also has administered midazolam in large doses to inmates prior to execution, though the state has claimed the drug is not part of the execution procedure.

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State Legislature
11:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Lawmaker: Close East St. Louis Election Board

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There’s a new effort underway to shut down the East St. Louis Election Board.

Illinois State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is sponsoring a bill to close it. Kay’s district includes portions of Madison and St. Clair County, but not East St. Louis.

If the bill passes, the St. Clair County Clerk will take over responsibility for elections in East St. Louis.

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Churchill Remembrance
5:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

British Ambassador Lauds Churchill As Timeless Example To World Leaders

Sir Peter Westmacott
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For Sir Peter Westmacott, the British ambassador to the United States, the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill is far greater than his renowned leadership during World War II.

As Britain’s prime minister during those dark years,  Churchill’s bravery stands as an example for current leaders around the world, the ambassador said.

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LGBT Missourians
5:12 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Missouri Scores Low For LGBT Equality But Shines In One Area

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Missouri has a long way to go to achieve equality for LGBT residents, according to a national advocacy organization.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a report today showing Missouri is among 29 states lacking basic equality standards. The organization gives Missouri particularly low marks in two areas:

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Bond Bill
4:31 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Property Tax Hike Unlikely To Face City Voters In Next Few Months

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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen declined to pass a bill Friday that would have put a property tax increase before the voters. As a result, it is unlikely the proposal will make it to the voters on the April ballot.

The $200 million bond proposal would pay for building and road repairs, as well as vehicle and equipment upgrades for fire and police departments.

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Week In Review
1:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Rundown: Portraits Of Change In St. Louis' Diverse Communities

Steph James holds birdie as Jess Dugan works the camera and Vanessa Fabbre looks on.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Portraits of change

St. Louisans’ Photo Project Brings Older Transgender People Out Of The Shadows

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Death Penalty
10:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Missouri Used Midazolam In Its Most Recent Execution

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Missouri used a considerable amount of sedatives on the last inmate it executed before it injected its lethal drug, records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio show. Chemical logs show the state used the controversial drug midazolam for the first time since its use was revealed months ago.

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Population Trends
10:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Reputation And The Economy Explain Why Latinos In St. Louis Are Comparatively Few

Dancers perform at the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
Camille Phillips | St.Louis Public Radio

At Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in St. Ann, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is cause for major celebration. The north St. Louis County church honored the patron saint of Mexico last month with a special mass attended by more than 300 people, many of them Hispanic.

When the church bell struck noon, the parishioners processed around the church with an icon of the patron saint, singing songs in Spanish, led by a mariachi band. Inside the sanctuary, dancers in red moved to the beat of a drum, and the priest gave a blessing to the children.

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10:32 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Editor's Weekly: What I Learned From The Overland Rotary

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It was still dark when the Rotary Club of Overland gathered Wednesday morning at Russo’s restaurant on Page. At a time when north St. Louis County is in the international spotlight for what’s wrong, the meeting cast a sliver of light on what’s right.

In the months since Michael Brown’s death at the hands of then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, North County has been at the center of a debate of cosmic proportions. It concerns long-simmering, wide-ranging issues of race, fairness and opportunity.

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