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Members of the senate walk onto the floor of the House chambers ahead of this year's State of the State address.
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City-County Merger Plan Could Face Big Hurdles From Missouri Lawmakers

In a Capitol building often defined by division, state Rep. Peter Merideth believes Better Together’s city-county merger proposal is unifying the disparate St. Louis delegation. But the St. Louis Democrat said it’s not the kind of unity that proponents probably wanted or expected. “One thing that we’ve seen in this building is a remarkable amount of regional and bipartisan unity in the idea that this is the wrong way to go about a merger in St. Louis,” Merideth said. “I think the thing that we all agree on is that it should not be happening with a statewide vote that doesn’t allow any real, true local control over our own fate.”

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Opponents of a new transmission line across northern Missouri sit in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol on April 16, 2019.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

A federal appeals court will hear arguments in St. Louis on Friday in a case that challenges the idea that unpaid lobbyists have to register with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

A divided panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that Ron Calzone, a conservative activist, had to fill out the required forms and pay a fine for failing to do so. In a rare move, all 12 judges of the court will reconsider the case.

On Chess: What's The Deal With Bughouse Chess?

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Garry Kasparov's first ever bughouse game played with 10-year-old Marc Andria Maurizzi versus Etienne Bacrot and Dana Reizniece-Ozola at the Paris Grand Chess Tour Pro Biz.
Lennart Ootes | St. Louis Chess Club

If you’re tired of playing chess against that same friend over and over again, why not team up with them instead?

Bughouse is a fast-paced variant of chess, following a few of the familiar rules of chess along with an extensive list of new moves and strategic possibilities. Bughouse requires two teams of two players, two chess boards and two clocks. 

On April 17, 2019, Tashonda Troupe speaks to St. Louis County Councilmembers about her son's death. Lamar Catchings, 20, was found dead in his cell in early March. The autopsy report states that he died of leukemia.
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Council held the first of two hearings Tuesday concerning the regulations and procedures for detainees at the St. Louis County jail. The hearings come in response to the deaths of three inmates this year.

Council members listened to testimony from advocates and family members of Lamar Catchings, 20, an inmate who died of leukemia in March.

Mayor Lyda Krewson at St. Louis City Hall On April 17, 2019.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson presented a two-year report at City Hall Wednesday touting the city’s completed and ongoing development projects. She also highlighted the city’s efforts to tackle climate change.

The report says that $8 billion in projects have been recently completed or are underway. These include the Gateway Arch Park and Museum, the Soldiers Memorial and Ballpark Village.

From left, Gregg Favre, David Lott and Christopher Gordon joined Wednesday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The flames that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday have people around the world thinking about the importance of cultural preservation and fire safety as well as the fragility of cherished landmarks.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin explored how those topics have informed local efforts associated with protecting historic buildings and St. Louis’ cultural heritage.

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Obsessed with the legacy of musician Louis Armstrong and care to learn more about him? Tonight, the curator of the Louis Armstrong House in Queens, New York, Ricky Riccardi, will be in town for an event at Jazz St. Louis to delve into two of Armstrong’s best-known ensembles: the Hot Five and Hot Seven.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Riccardi – who is also the author of “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years” – sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy D. Goodwin to discuss the importance and impact of Armstrong’s early career.

Jack Galmiche helped make Nine Network of Public Media one of the most-watched public television stations in the country. He died April 16 at age 71.
Nine Network of Public Media

Jack Galmiche, who spent more than two decades transforming public television from "classroom in a box" into a digital resource that engages the entire community, has died. He was 71.

His efforts were on full display in August 2015, when hundreds gathered on the new Public Media Commons for the preview of "Whose Streets," the acclaimed documentary about the unrest following the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014.

Meramec Elementary School Principal Jonathan Strong works with a preschool student on writing letters. Strong will have more flexibility next year to improve the St. Louis school.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Schools is granting more freedom to two neighborhood elementary schools in hopes the formula to improve their performance lies within.

Starting in August, staff at Meramec Elementary in Dutchtown and Ashland Elementary in Penrose will report to a different board and have more say over how they run their schools.

The proposal would upgrade the America's Center Convention Center in downtown St. Louis to include a new public park and large ballroom among other improvements to the complex, as depicted in this artist's rendering.
Explore St. Louis

A $175 million overhaul of the America’s Center Convention Complex took a big step to becoming a reality Tuesday when the St. Louis County Council voted to financially contribute to the project.

But that decision was contentious, sharply dividing the council’s four Democrats and three Republicans down partisan lines.

A student fills out a worksheet while playing a video game with the language set to Italian.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s an all-too-familiar battle for some parents — getting their kids to stop playing video games and do their homework.

But in one classroom at St. Louis University, video games are just another learning tool, like textbooks or worksheets. The course, Intensive Italian for Gamers, is a hybrid of traditional instruction and in-class video gaming. The preliminary results are promising, with students in the class scoring higher on their finals than those in traditional Italian classes at SLU.


St. Louis on the Air

Thursday: Defining Millennials – Breaking Misconceptions, Sharing Experiences

St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin will host an in-depth discussion about the millennial generation, who are set to outnumber baby boomers sometime this year.

Curious Louis Answers Your Questions About The St. Louis City-County Merger Plan

Readers have submitted dozens of questions about Better Together's proposal to unify St. Louis and St. Louis County. We'll answer as many as we can in the weeks and months ahead.

St. Louis Public Radio Investigates

Taken: How Police Profit from Seized Property

A data-driven investigation of civil asset forfeiture by St. Louis Public Radio, supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.