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From left, Megan Green, Jamilah Nasheed and Lewis Reed are contenders for aldermanic president in St. Louis' upcoming Democratic Primary, which is March 5.
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3 Candidates, 3 Questions, 3 Answers In Race For St. Louis Board Of Aldermen President

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked with three Democratic candidates seeking to serve as St. Louis Board of Aldermen president. Joining the discussion were incumbent Lewis Reed , who has held the seat since 2007, and two key challengers: Alderwoman Megan Green , who currently represents the city’s 15th Ward, and state Senator Jamilah Nasheed , whose 5th District includes the eastern half of St. Louis.

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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.

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A legendary St. Louis broadcaster with strong ties to St. Louis Public Radio has died.

Meteorologist Ben Abell started providing forecasts when the station went on the air in 1972. He spent years broadcasting weather reports as a volunteer while also serving as a professor of meteorology at St. Louis University.

Ashley Cooper and Kehinde Wiley. Wiley's portrait of Cooper makes visual reference to Daniel Martensz Mytens the Elder's painting "Charles I."  10/29/18
St. Louis Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum announced on Wednesday that it has purchased a painting from the artist Kehinde Wiley.

The painting was among 11 portraits by Wiley featured in an exhibit that ended earlier this month at the museum. All of the subjects were African-Americans from the St. Louis region in poses adapted from historic paintings.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger takes the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2019.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger joins Politically Speaking to talk about Better Together’s proposal to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County.

If statewide voters approve the plan next year, Stenger will become the unified government’s first “metro mayor.”  That office was designed to be powerful: A mayor in the new government can make key appointments, use a line-item veto, and help appoint whoever is in charge of drawing districts for a 33-person council.

New recruits line up for outdoor lunch on a cold and windy day at Fort Leonard Wood. Some of them are wearing the current version of the boots, others are testing new designs.
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

Lt. Col. Alfred Boone saw a disturbing trend among the new recruits he oversees at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks.

“Infected blisters, hairline fractures, hip strains,” Boone said, describing the increase in injuries among the new soldiers.

Boone said the Army had a hunch that its iconic boots — the tan, heavy, high laced footwear — were to blame, because so many of the new recruits have never before worn hard-soled shoes.

A recent study in the U.S. indicated that 3.6 million teens used e-cigarettes in 2018, a steep climb from 1.5 million teens in 2017.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

A recent study of American teenagers showed a big jump in nicotine vaping among young people in 2018. Even as many steer clear of other substance-related activities such as binge drinking and drug use, the number of teens who are vaping has more than doubled since 2017.

“The data shows that one in five middle schoolers are using these products and one in three high school [students] are using these products, so those are incredibly concerning numbers,” Dr. Patricia Cavazos-Rehg said during Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

(Feb. 19, 2019) St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson (left) and Capt. Garon Mosby (right) touched on the department's various initiatives as well as challenges ahead.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the current state of the St. Louis Fire Department, touching on various recent initiatives as well as challenges ahead. Joining him for the conversation were Chief Dennis Jenkerson and Capt. Garon Mosby.

The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday to authorize departments to give 2,500 county employees a 2.8 percent pay boost.
File photo I Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

Most St. Louis County employees will be getting a raise soon.

The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday to authorize departments to give 2,500 county employees a 2.8 percent pay boost.

Missouri State Board of Education member Vic Lenz, board President Charlie Shields, and interim Education Commissioner Roger Dorson during the state school board's first meeting Thursday in six months.
File | Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri state school board sent strong signals to leadership of St. Louis Public Schools Tuesday it will end its 12-year oversight of the district this spring.

State Board of Education members had all good things to say at the board’s monthly meeting regarding the district's turnaround efforts from its time of infighting, constant leadership churn and a large fiscal deficit.

A group known as Better Together is proposing a plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County. They're planning to get the measure on the 2020 ballot.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

If a merger of St. Louis and St. Louis County is approved, faculty at a local university would draw the initial boundaries for a 33-member council — a move designed to limit partisan politics from influencing the districts.

Yet since St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, both Democrats, would choose the demographer getting first crack at drawing lines, some wonder if the mapmaking process will truly be independent.

Officials sign the challenge to end homelessness on February 18, 2019. From left to right, Wright City Mayor Dan Rowden, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.
Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

Finding permanent housing for every St. Louis-area homeless veteran by November sounds like a steep task.

But it’s what five Missouri and Illinois counties have promised to do.

St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Clair and Madison counties joined an initiative spurred by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s “challenge to end veteran homelessness.” The challenge is part of a national movement to bring the number of homeless veterans to zero. The St. Louis Area Regional Commission on Homelessness will organize the local initiative. 


St. Louis on the Air

Thursday: St. Louis Native's Costume Work On ‘Black Panther’ In Oscar Spotlight

Host Don Marsh will talk with head tailor Kevin Mayes, who worked on hit movie "Black Panther." The film has been nominated for several Oscars – including best costume design.

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.