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The St. Louis nonprofit Prison Performing Arts has been putting on plays with incarcerated people for 19 years. Here, two women at the penitentiary in Vandalia, Missouri rehearse a scene from "Hip Hop Hamlet." 10/11/18
Jeremy D. Goodwin | St. Louis Public Radio

In 'Hip Hop Hamlet,' women prisoners express their humanity: 'I didn't feel like I was incarcerated'

It’s opening night for “Hip Hop Hamlet” and more than 200 women dressed in baggy, khaki-colored clothes have packed into the gymnasium at the women’s penitentiary in Vandalia, Missouri. They’re eager to watch fellow members of the prison population perform a beat-filled, rap adaptation of the Shakespeare text. Shakespeare scholars say his work offers ways to get in touch with what makes a person fully human. For the women participating in this show, that plays out at a very basic level.

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Jefferson City, MO – A judge who opposed the nomination of
John Ashcroft for US attorney general is poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White takes over as head of the seven-member court on Tuesday. He says his top priority is to encourage diversity within the state court system.

Jefferson City, MO – A judge who opposed the nomination of
John Ashcroft for US attorney general is poised to become the first black chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White takes over as head of the seven-member court on Tuesday. He says his top priority is to encourage diversity within the state court system.

Jefferson City, MO – Planned Parenthood affiliates asked a federal court today to block a new Missouri law that would require women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours after consulting a physician.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against enforcing the law, which is scheduled to take effect October eleventh, on claims it contains unconstitutionally vague and broad language.

The Legislature enacted the measure September 11 by overriding a veto of Democratic Governor Bob Holden.

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

St. Charles, MO – KLOU-FM host Paul Arca says he thought he had been hit by lightning.

He was riding in the van when its raised boom hit the wire. The van caught fire, but Arca and the driver were able to
escape.

Arca is recovering at home. He was initially taken to a St. Charles hospital. The driver was not injured.

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Gustavo Gimeno conducts works by Ligeti, Bartók and Rimsky-Korsakov featuring pianist Javier Perianes and concertmaster David Halen.