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Missouri General Assembly
1:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Missouri Legislators Lack Specific Agenda As They Return To Jefferson City

Missouri Capitol
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

With more than 500 bills pre-filed so far, the Missouri General Assembly will be facing a variety of issues – from school transfers to ethics — when its 197 members return to Jefferson City this week.

But compared to recent legislative sessions, legislative leaders have so far sent few signals as to which bills will get serious consideration and which ones will simply serve as political wallpaper.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:14 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Looking Back At Ferguson In 2014: ‘We Still Have A Very Long Way To Go’

Emanuele Berry, Patricia Bynes and the Rev. F. Willis Johnson discuss Ferguson with 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh, far left, on Wednesday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Credit Mary Edwards / St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson has emerged as the top local (and national) story of the year. 

The Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson has raised questions about policing, poverty, government policy and funding, and safety. But some of the biggest questions have been about race and equality.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:27 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Belleville Celebrates Bicentennial, Looks Ahead

Five men were inducted into the Belleville Walk of Fame earlier this year: Ninian Edwards, Lyman Trumull, Bob Goalby, George Blair and Christian "Buddy" Ebsen.
Credit Larry Betz / Belleville Historical Society

You’ve stumbled across the cakes, watched the fireworks and heard the stories about St. Louis’ 250th anniversary. But nearby Belleville also is celebrating a milestone: 2014 marked the Illinois city’s bicentennial.

Belleville was founded in 1814 when George Blair donated an acre of his farmland for the city, part of a deal that moved the St. Clair County seat from Cahokia, on the Mississippi River, to the center of the county.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Ferguson’s Only Black City Councilman Says Addressing City’s Problems ‘Takes All Of Us’

Ferguson City Councilman Dwayne James
Credit City of Ferguson

It’s been a tumultuous year for Ferguson and its residents.

After the August shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, questions about race, bias, government, community and civil disobedience were raised and confronted to varying degrees. Among those working to address problems is Ferguson City Councilman Dwayne James. Nearly 70 percent of Ferguson’s population is black. In a city criticized for its mostly white leadership, James is the only black councilman.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:48 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Looking Back: Ferguson, Politics And The Biggest Stories Of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, “St. Louis on the Air” looked back at the biggest local and regional stories of the year.

Topping the list was the August shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, and the protests, demonstrations, grand jury announcement, and conversations that have followed. Leadership has repeatedly come under fire regarding Ferguson, at the local, state and national levels.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:30 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

‘St. Louis On The Air’ Special: Christmas Spirit, Poetry

Santa's Arrival, an illustration for Clement Clarke Moore's poem.
Credit Public Domain

We’re celebrating Christmas spirit in a special Christmas Eve edition of “St. Louis on the Air” with some favorite holiday music, poems and stories.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:44 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

From Fingerprints To Beer Distribution, Exploring St. Louis' Firsts

'Famous Firsts of St. Louis'

First use of fingerprinting. First drive-up bank teller. First cocktail party. First nighttime Major League Baseball season opener.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:58 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Grannie Annie Encourages Students To Share Family History

An illustration by Rachel Liang, who was a fifth-grade student at Twin Oaks Christian School in Ballwin at the time, accompanies "The Disk in the Sky," a story written last year by Sydney Kinzy, who was an eighth-grader at Parkway West Middle School.
Credit The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration

Holiday family time often turns into story time. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration wants students to help capture those family stories.

Grannie Annie encourages fourth- through eighth-grade students to write and share family stories.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

A Look At St. Louis' Timeline

'St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline' by Carol Ferring Shepley

As St. Louis celebrates 250 years, several books have explored the city’s history. Add one more to the list, but this one tells the tales through timelines.

“St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline” offers a tour through St. Louis’ past (and future, as the book ends in 2016) with vignettes for noteworthy years. It also has what author Carol Ferring Shepley calls a “wide-angle view” of the city.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:18 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alderwoman Reflects On Ward Changes, Challenges

St. Louis Alderwoman Phyllis Young
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Phyllis Young, the city’s longest-serving alderman, resigned on Dec. 12. Young, a Democrat, represented the 7th Ward, which includes parts of downtown and Soulard, for 29 years.

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