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Authorities say Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was on duty, but out of his assigned patrol area, when he shot 24-year-old Katlyn Alix in the chest during a Russian roulette-style game.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Former St. Louis Cop Pleads Guilty In ‘Russian Roulette’ Shooting Of Another Officer

This is a developing story that will be updated. The St. Louis police officer accused of shooting and killing another officer in a Russian roulette-style game changed his plea in court on Friday. Former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer Nathaniel Hendren pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of armed criminal action in the killing of 24-year-old officer Katlyn Alix. He will serve seven years total in prison.

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St. Alexius Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2019. The hospital has struggled financially in the past decade.
Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

The distressed St. Alexius Hospital in south St. Louis could emerge from bankruptcy under new leadership. 

Last week, hospital owner Americore named emergency room director Dr. Sonny Saggar as St. Alexius’ new CEO. 

Earlier this month, U.S. Trustee Paul Randolph recruited Florida-based accountant Carol Fox to take over Americore. Randolph said in court documents that Americore CEO Grant White was untrustworthy and had mismanaged the finances of St. Alexius and other hospitals. 

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Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies try to wrap their arms around Missouri’s Democratic presidential primary — which will take place on March 10.

One of the reasons why that contest is difficult to gauge right now is that Missouri’s delegates are up for grabs a week after Super Tuesday. And it’s unclear how many of the seven major candidates will still be in the race by the time the Show Me State goes to the polls.

Tyrone Henley shows his electronic ankle monitor after its installation at EMASS' south St. Louis office.
File Photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

In 2000, the circuit court in St. Louis entered a contract with Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services (EMASS), a private company based in St. Charles that tracks and monitors people awaiting trial in the region.

At first, the company was required to provide periodic reports of all cases under its supervision. That changed in 2012 when it inked a new contract with the city court, leading to no routine collection for up-to-date data. In recent years, there have been higher rates of judges ordering defendants into the monitoring program, according to St. Louis chief public defender Mary Fox

February 27, 2020 Gail Wechsler Dan Reich
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

What happened to Jewish lawyers after Hitler took power in Germany? The truth is a painful one. They were stripped of their licenses and driven from their homeland even as, in many cases, their gentile colleagues stood silent.

Those horrifying details are at the center of an exhibit that has now been shown all over the world — and makes its St. Louis debut next month. “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” was first developed in Germany by its bar association. The American Bar Association worked with the German Federal Bar to bring an English version to the U.S.    

Leonard Green is a professor of psychological and brain sciences and economics at Washington University.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

’Tis the season for attempted lifestyle changes and vice-forsaking of all sorts. For the more resolute, perhaps a new 2020 goal has really started to stick after two months of hard-fought discipline. Others, particularly many Christians, are just beginning to give something up for Lent, a 40-day period leading up to the celebration of Easter.

On Chess: A Senior Grandmaster In St. Louis

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GM Joel Benjamin concentrates on his move during Round 8 of the U.S. Senior Championships in 2019.
Crystal Fuller | St. Louis Chess Club

As a veteran grandmaster (GM), I’ve seen a lot of chess sponsors come and go.

When I first arrived in St. Louis for the St. Louis Chess Club’s inaugural event, the 2009 U.S. Championship, I could see right away that I was witnessing a unique development in American chess.

The St. Louis Chess Club was a beautiful, comfortable site for tournaments. The U.S. and U.S. Women’s Championships were in excellent hands, and a promising scholastic program was underway. 

A scanning electron microscope image shows the novel coronavirus (yellow) against human cells (pink.) 2-27-20

A patient who checked into Belleville Memorial Hospital is being tested for coronavirus. 

The hospital, which is part of the BJC HealthCare system, has referred the patient to the Illinois Department of Public Health for further testing. In a statement, BJC Healthcare said the results are expected to come back in the next few days.

A spokesperson for BJC, Kim Renth, could not confirm if the patient had visited China. 

Sarah King isn't afraid of having the flu — in fact, she considers herself an "excellent sick person."

"I have a pretty high pain tolerance," King says. "I'm not a person that whines a lot. I just kind of suck it up."

So when she heard about a medical study that pays volunteers about $3,000 to be infected with the live flu virus, King thought the offer sounded too good to pass up. Last fall, she checked in for a 10-day stay at Saint Louis University's "Hotel Influenza," a quarantine unit where researchers study how the human immune system fights the flu.

Keilee Fant is a plaintiff in two ArchCity Defenders lawsuits against Ferguson and Jennings for operating 'debtors prisons.'
Chuck Ramsey | ArchCity Defenders

Five years ago this month, the nonprofit legal advocacy group ArchCity Defenders and its allies opened a new line of attack on what they viewed as the injustice of the municipal court system in St. Louis County.

They filed the first of what would become seven federal lawsuits accusing St. Louis area municipalities of running modern-day debtors prisons. The lawsuits sought major changes to the way the cities used their municipal court systems and financial compensation for those harmed. 

One city — Jennings — decided to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. But it was the outlier.

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners at a public comment session in south St. Louis County on Feb. 26, 2020.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The decision by the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners to keep the search for a new police chief within the department received support Wednesday night from residents of South County.

The board announced last week that officers at the rank of captain or higher — 23 in all — will be eligible for promotion to replace Chief Jon Belmar. He announced earlier this month that he will retire April 30 after more than six years as chief and 34 with the department.


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Living #Ferguson: 5 Years After The Killing Of Michael Brown Jr.

What has changed?

Listen to the voices of people who experienced #Ferguson and who are directly touched by the issues Michael Brown’s death laid bare.