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Police in Ferguson fired tear gas to disperse protest crowds Sunday night. 05/31/20
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Tear Gas Again Clouds Ferguson As Protesters Ignore Curfew; Officials Condemn Vandalism

Updated at 10 a.m. on Monday with information about arrests and police injuries Demonstrations on Sunday continued throughout the St. Louis area over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and turned chaotic in Ferguson for a second straight night. Police fired tear gas canisters to break up a group of several dozen protesters after some members of the crowd lobbed fireworks and water bottles at officers holding riot shields and batons outside the Ferguson Police Department headquarters. Boards covered many of the station’s windows, which protesters smashed the night before with baseball bats and rocks. The protests continued for hours after an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by Ferguson Mayor James Knowles’ state of emergency declaration.

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CareSTL Health's COVID-19 testing site in north St. Louis will reopen on April 27.
Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The St. Louis Region

9 a.m. Monday, June 1 Good morning. Welcome to June. Summer camps open today in St. Louis , but they look a little different. Kids will be kept in small groups for the duration and not allowed to mingle. Meals and hands-on activities will be pre-packaged. For the full story, read/listen to Summer Camps Are Happening, But Parents Wonder If It's Better To Play Camp Counselor .

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Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

ROLLA — Missouri University of Science and Technology is expected to announce furloughs and layoffs this week, similar to those at most colleges and universities, but the cuts could include degree programs.

S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani said financial challenges caused by the pandemic provide a chance for the university to improve the focus on its core, and that could include eliminating majors.

“This is the opportunity for us to see what programs we can integrate. What programs that have been, frankly, lingering for the last several years [that] we can potentially sunset,” Dehghani said during a recent virtual town hall meeting.

Geese on the ballfield at Willmore Park in the Princeton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis on May 31, 2020.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis officials are likely to vote Monday on a new contract to keep geese from the city’s big parks.

Nuisance goose control is nothing new for the city parks department, said director Greg Hayes. But the current contract is expiring, which means the city has to go through the bid process.

Protesters used a sustained volley of fireworks against police Saturday night at a protest in downtown Ferguson May 30, 2020. Police eventually fired smoke grenades back.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 7 a.m. May 31 with police information.

Protesters brought havoc and destruction to Ferguson’s police headquarters and the city’s downtown at the end of a night of protests against police brutality mirrored around the nation Saturday.

The demonstrations and their ensuing vandalism were sparked by the death last week of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by kneeling on his neck. Protests began in that city and have since spread across the country.

Hundreds of activists gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the death of George Floyd. May 29, 2020
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in downtown St. Louis on Friday evening as people took to the streets in many major U.S. cities in solidarity with days of protests that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Protesters blocked both eastbound and westbound traffic on Interstate 70 for nearly three hours beginning around 11:20 p.m. They also started a fire on the highway pavement. Police did not clear protesters off the highway, and those blocking traffic eventually dispersed after 2 a.m. 

Patrons dine at the Old Herald Brewery and Distillery in Collinsville on May 29. The restaurant can serve customers in-person in phase three of Illinois' reopening plan.  05 29 2020
Eric Schmid | St. Louis Public Radio

Nearly all businesses in Illinois are now able to open more than two months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s initial stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

There are still some restrictions and guidelines on how stores should operate, but they’re no longer closed to the public. Generally the state requires workers wear masks, and maintain a six feet social distance when possible.

Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is the last provider of abortion services in Missouri. It could lose its license this week.
File photo | David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 6:10 p.m., May 29 with comment from Planned Parenthood officials

The last clinic providing abortions in Missouri can remain open, a state commissioner ruled Friday.

Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said in a 97-page decision that Gov. Mike Parson's administration was wrong to not renew the license of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis in spring 2019. The clinic has remained open while the commission considered its appeal.

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway
David Kovaluk I St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how the county is spending federal coronavirus money.

She also addressed how county police should respond to protests over George Floyd’s death.

Dunaway is a Chesterfield Democrat who represents the council’s 2nd District. That takes in cities like Creve Coeur, St. Ann, Maryland Heights and Chesterfield. She was elected to her post in 2019, filling out the rest of Sam Page’s term on the council after he became county executive.

Joshua Phelps

Bike retailers around the St. Louis region have reduced capacity for in-person visits due to the COVID-19 crisis. But even with less foot traffic, some shops are seeing an uptick in sales. 

According to Big Shark Bicycle Company owner Mike Weiss, the Richmond Heights location has gone from an average of 60 sales per week to nearly 140 a week since about mid-March. 

Eric Strand on the trail
Eric Strand

Longtime St. Louisan Eric Strand has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 40 years, doing many different jobs before becoming the chief operating officer for Drury Hotels. And when the COVID-19 crisis left many frontline hospitality workers in the lurch, Strand wanted to do something to help them out.

Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

Church bells will be ringing on Sunday more than usual in communities throughout Missouri.

Several faith groups have called on churches to ring their bells for two minutes at noon to recognize essential workers and memorialize those who have died of COVID-19.

The Rev. Deon Johnson, bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, said that in addition to prayer, ringing bells is one way he hopes people can show their support for people in their own communities. 


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Monday: How St. Louis Plans To Conduct Contact Tracing, Hire More Workers

Experts say that keeping the metro safe as it reopens will require aggressive contact tracing. What will that look like in St. Louis? We’ll explore city’s process for it.

Coronavirus In St. Louis: You Ask, We Answer

St. Louis Public Radio is answering your questions about the stay-at-home orders put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Coronavirus in St. Louis: Answering Your Questions About Stay-At-Home Orders

Updated May 3 We’re answering your questions about the coronavirus in the St. Louis region. This Q&A is dedicated to questions about restrictions on “non-essential” activities in Missouri and Illinois.

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