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St. Louis on the Air
4:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It

The exorcism ended at the Alexian Brothers Hospital in South St. Louis. The room where it took place was sealed-off for years and that wing of the hospital was demolished in 1978.
(Courtesy: John Waide, University Archivist, Saint Louis University)

The mattress began to shake.  Arms and legs flailing.  For hours he fluctuated between frenzy and calm.

The following phrases describe an exorcism that took place in March and April of 1949.  A cadre of Jesuit priests affiliated with Saint Louis University, led by Father William S. Bowdern, the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, undertook the exorcism of a 14-year-old boy. They took turns praying over the boy, working to cast out the demon believed to have possessed him.

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Regional employment
3:42 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Unemployment Rate Remains Steady In St. Louis Region

via Flickr/KellyB.

The unemployment rate in the St. Louis area remained slightly below the national average in May, but a local economics professor says the story behind that number isn’t good news.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the non-adjusted data today. That means it does not take into account predictable seasonal changes.

The 7 percent unemployment rate for the St. Louis area is an improvement from May 2012, and far below the peak unemployment rate of 10.4 percent in 2009.

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Parking Meters
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Feeding The Meters Now Required In Downtown St. Louis On Saturdays

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from the treasurer.

Take some quarters with you if you're going downtown on Saturdays starting July 1.

St. Louis city treasurer Tishaura Jones announced today that the parking division, which she oversees, will begin enforcing expired meter violations on July 1. That means drivers will have to feed the meters between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Greenwood Cemetery
4:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Historic St. Louis Cemetery Looking For Volunteers

The caretakers of Greenwood Cemetery, one of the oldest black cemeteries in St. Louis, need volunteers for a clean-up effort on Saturday.
(via Flickr/United Way of Greater St. Louis)

The caretakers of one of the oldest black cemeteries in St. Louis are hoping to get 300 people to converge on the property in North County tomorrow to help with the ongoing restoration efforts.

The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association does these clean-up days several times a year, and historian Etta Daniels says they've helped clear about half of the 32-acre cemetery in the last 13 years. This year, they'll tackle a 10-12 acre section that needs some TLC.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1:27 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In St. Louis, King Day Speakers Call For A New Dream

Marchers gather outside the Old Courthouse as part of the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Local dignitaries and politicians filled the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Monday for the city's 44th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The city's celebration is the second-oldest in the country, behind only Atlanta. In addition to celebrating the slain civil rights leader, who would have been 83 on January 15th, most speakers also rejoiced in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, who took the oath of office in Washington, DC  as the proceedings took place.

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China Hub
4:20 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mo.-St. Louis Trade Delegation In China Renews Air Cargo Hub Efforts

Seated l-r: Tim Nowak, World Trade Center St. Louis, and Chung Tam, chief rep., Greater China Amer. Society of Transp. & Logistics...standing l-r: former Sen. Kit Bond and Ricardo Pelaez from US Consulate Gen.'s Shanghai office.
Jason Van Eaton, Kit Bond Strategies

Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders are wrapping up a trade mission to China this week designed to revive the so-called China Hub project.

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Cityscape
12:40 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment

Songbird Cafe Performance, October 2012 (L to R: Brian Henneman, Kip Loui, Jason Hutto and Brian Curran)
Brad Blackburn

Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.

Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.

St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.

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Proposition R
6:04 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?'

On Nov. 6, voters in St. Louis will decide whether to reduce the number of aldermen in the city from 28 to 14.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio
  • St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.

On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.  

Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.

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public defender refuse cases
6:50 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases

Several public defender offices around the state have notified courts they will not be taking cases beyond their maximum caseload this month.


The 18 offices around Missouri include ones in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Springfield.


In St. Louis instead of turning away all cases public defenders met with the 22ndCircuit Court and the Circuit Attorney’s office to craft a different solution.

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Mississippi River
2:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks during the kick off event for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.

A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.

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