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Trump campaign materials are on sale at the Missouri Republican Party's annual "Lincoln Days" event in Springfield this weekend.
JACLYN DRISCOLL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Missouri Republicans Say Socialism Threatens Democracy

Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional comments from Gov. Mike Parson SPRINGFIELD — The word “socialism” kept coming up at Missouri’s largest annual gathering of Republicans, called Lincoln Days, ahead of the 2020 election. GOP speakers repeatedly warned the crowd of party activists and elected officials gathered in a Springfield convention center Friday and Saturday that Democrats were threatening American democracy as their party grows more comfortable with socialism. Republican statewide elected officials pointed toward one of the frontrunners in the Democratic presidential nominating process, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as a sign that Democrats have gotten away from American values. Sanders has for decades identified as a democratic socialist.

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Attorney General Eric Schmitt spoke in Rolla with rural health care providers about opioid addiction 02-21-2020
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

ROLLA — If Missouri gets money from its lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, rural health care providers want to make sure they get some of those dollars to support underfunded opioid addiction services.

The Your Community Cares Rural Health Coalition invited Attorney General Eric Schmitt and representatives from the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis to Rolla Friday to talk about their programs and how they are underfunded.

Sen. Blunt Calls For More Job Training Programs

Feb 21, 2020
Sen. Roy Blunt visited the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on Friday as part of his push for more job training programs in the state. 2/21/2020
Kayla Drake / St. Louis Public Radio

Sen. Roy Blunt came to Ranken Technical College in St. Louis on Friday to advocate for more apprenticeships and job training programs. 

Blunt, who is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that addresses labor and education, released an appropriations bill for the coming year to expand higher education opportunities.

“I do believe for the last 20 or 30 years, there's been too much singular focus on the way to get a good job is a college degree,” he said.

February 19, 2020 Diane Rehm Sarah Fenske
Howard Ash | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Photographic Services

For three decades, Diane Rehm hosted a conversation with America. "The Diane Rehm Show" grew from a local show at NPR affiliate WAMU to a national juggernaut, with 2.8 million listeners every week. And even after her December 2016 retirement, Rehm has continued the conversation. She hosts a podcast; she also recently published her fourth book, “When My Time Comes.”

Earlier this week, in partnership with St. Louis on the Air, Rehm discussed her career at a dinner hosted by the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. We aired highlights from that conversation on Friday’s St. Louis on the Air — which included Rehm’s thoughts on interviewing and advocacy for the “death with dignity” movement.   

J. Eric Robinson is an assistant professor of history at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and proprietor of J. E. Robinson tours.
EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

The town of Alton was a major stop for escaped slaves making their way to freedom from St. Louis.

Some runaways stayed in Alton, and some continued north to Canada. Though Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery nationally, it wasn’t necessarily a friendly place to escaped former slaves.

Provided | Faith & For the Sake of All

Faith & For the Sake of All is inviting the community to join in a discussion with local faith leaders this weekend to find ways to tackle racial equity issues in St. Louis.

The local nonprofit focuses on improving the health and well-being of black St. Louisans through faith-based social action. 

The organization’s director, the Rev. Gabrielle Kennedy, said the organization grew out of the For the Sake of All report. Kennedy said the report highlighted several community needs including early childhood development, stabilizing neighborhoods, investing in mental health awareness and helping low-income families. 

7 Questions About Cancer-Causing Chemicals From Scott AFB Answered

Feb 21, 2020
Airman First Class Anthony Uelk, on the ladder, along with fellow 932nd Airlift Wing flight line crew chiefs, refuel a C-40 in preparation for a launch at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Christopher Parr | U.S. Air Force

This article was originally published in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Officials have just begun contacting people potentially affected by contamination from Scott Air Force Base after news broke last week that dangerous chemicals may have affected drinking water.

Last week, the base joined a growing list of military installations where cancer-causing chemicals from firefighting materials have leaked into the ground and nearby water supplies. 

Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement outside the Circuit Court building. May 14, 2018
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking weekly news roundup, St. Louis Public Radio’s team of political reporters talk about the re-emergence of former Gov. Eric Greitens and efforts in Jefferson City to pass a prescription drug monitoring program.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum discussed how a PDMP once again passed the Missouri House despite loud opposition from some conservative Republicans. It faces a tough reception in the Missouri Senate, where the program aimed at stamping out opioid abuse has failed to advance previously.

Communities across the Metro East are working to ensure accurate counts of their communities. The results of the census determine how federal, state and local funding is distributed.
Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

BELLEVILLE — The success of the 2020 census will largely depend on people answering the survey themselves, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That way, the bureau can dedicate fewer resources to finding and counting people.

Bureau officials have identified a number of factors that result in low self-response rates. These include areas with more minority residents, low-income households, frequent movers, renters and many other factors.

St. Louis legislators are pushing for people on probation and parole to be able to vote in Missouri.
NAT THOMAS | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Brandon Reid remembers watching Barack Obama win the presidential election from his living room couch in 2008. 

Most of his friends had gone to the polls that day to vote in what became a historic election. But Reid, who was in and out of prison because of drugs, couldn’t vote. He was on criminal supervision at the time. He missed the 2012 presidential election for the same reason. 

“If you don’t have the right to vote, of course, you are going to know about it, right? You see it on the news. It’s voting day. You want to be a part of it,” Reid said. 

Judge Newton McCoy is an administrative judge with the St. Louis Municipal Court.
EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

St. Louis’ Municipal Court is hosting a warrant amnesty program Feb. 24-27. It’s an opportunity for people with outstanding bench warrants — excluding DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident and prostitution — to be able to pay their original fines and costs without penalty.

There are nearly 119,000 outstanding warrants in the city of St. Louis, meaning thousands of people are at risk of going to jail.

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Monday: Criminologist, Prosecutor, St. Louis County Executive Talk Jail Reform

We'll air host Sarah Fenske's conversation about ongoing efforts in the county to reduce St. Louis County’s jail population and improving jails more broadly.

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