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File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

On Tuesday, voters across the region go to the polls for municipal elections. Overall, this spring, more than 900 candidates are running for local offices, including mayors and members of city councils and school boards. Voters will also decide on dozens of ballot proposals, including some to raise taxes.

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House on Tuesday passed the same ethics reform bill passed two months ago by the Senate, but not before making a few changes.

An audit released Thursday takes issue with some spending decisions made by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Ferguson protest 3/12/2015
Lawrence Bryant | St. Louis American

Watching yet another panel discuss press coverage of Ferguson this week, I couldn’t help but squirm. We journalists hold others accountable for their shortcomings. But in the months since Michael Brown was shot, we’ve had trouble owning up to our own.

The Missouri Supreme Court is soliciting comments and suggestions from residents on how to improve municipal courts statewide.
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The Missouri Supreme Court is asking members of the public to write in about their experiences, both good and bad, at municipal courts around the state.

Flanked by Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and Mayor Francis Slay, Clinton-Peabody Tenant Affairs President Sam Blue celebrates winning the HUD jobs grant on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Residents of St. Louis’ Clinton-Peabody housing development will soon have help from the federal government to find good-paying jobs. The near south side public housing complex is the recipient of a $3 million grant.

Ray Howze | St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

Salaries for Missouri state employees rank near the bottom of the nation. To change that, some state legislators on Thursday called for making a raise a priority in coming years.

Joined by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said they want a five-year plan to raise those salaries. They did not outline a specific plan Thursday, but said they hoped to get the discussion started.

State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights
Marshall Griffin I St. Louis Public Radio

The Politically Speaking podcast team of Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomes state Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, to this week's show.

Newman, whose 87th district includes some of the region’s most affluent suburbs, discusses at length her ongoing role in two of the state’s most controversial topics:  gun rights and photo IDs at the polls.

Newman’s district includes all of Clayton and parts of Ladue, Richmond Heights and Webster Groves, as well as Washington University and Fontbonne University.

Bill Greenblatt I UPI

With St. Louis County no longer involved in funding a new football stadium in St. Louis, there’s some uncertainty about the public financing of the project. But during a stop in Earth City on Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expressed confidence that the money will be there to build the facility.

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

John Diehl famously stated at the start of the 2015 legislative session that the Missouri House would not have a “Ferguson agenda.”

Yet on Wednesday, he unveiled a new proposal to pass one of the so-call agenda’s top priorities: reforming the way municipal courts treat low-income residents who get ticketed for speeding and other traffic violations.

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