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The Rundown: Nixon's Impeachment, ZMD's Ethics And Sacagawea's Name

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Culture club

Over the past few years, the institutions of the Zoo-Museum District, especially the History Museum, have come under scrutiny. Now the spotlight has turned increasingly on the ZMD itself.

STL’s Zoo-Museum District Board Raises Possibility Of Admission Charges For Some

Free admission to St. Louis’ cultural institutions for non-residents could be a thing of the past if talk by the Zoo-Museum District board members turns to action. Wednesday the board discussed the possibility of charging admission to the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center and other attractions. Admission would remain free for people who live in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code?

The very existence of St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts. The ZMD’s ethics policy only requires board members to disclose potential conflicts of interest. But such arrangements should be strictly prohibited, said one expert on the issue.

Live from Jefferson City

Is Nixon the one -- in the eye of the storm? As impeachment proceedings against the governor continue, Gov. Jay Nixon comes up with a proposal to expand Medicaid -- something guaranteed not to endear him to the Republican-controlled legislature.

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Gov. Jay Nixon

Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon but has yet to vote on them. Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, says he'll seek input from the rest of the committee before deciding whether to hold a vote on the three impeachment articles.

Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard

In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.

House Republicans Still Seeking Needed Votes For 'Right-To-Work' Ballot Proposal

After two weeks of vigorous lobbying, Republican leaders in the Missouri House acknowledge that they have yet to obtain the extra four votes needed to send to the state Senate a measure to put a "right-to-work" proposal on the August ballot.

Growing concern

I don't know about your garden, but several of the plants in mine are on life support.

What Does The Harsh Winter Mean For Spring Gardening? Tips From Horticulturists

After an especially harsh winter, spring has returned to St. Louis. Gardeners across the region are planting and planning for the growing season. But the plants are still feeling the effects of the unusual cold, said Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturists.

Accounted for

Absenteeism is a problem throughout the state.

In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standard is to have at least 90 percent of students in school 90 percent of the time. The South Pemiscot County School District fell far short last year, 21 percent of students missed enough class to be considered chronically absent. That’s the same rate as St. Louis Public Schools.

Audio files

Sacagawea was the Native American woman best known for her role in the renowned westward expedition of Lewis & Clark. One historian says we've been mispronouncing her name all along.

Listen To Why You're Probably Pronouncing Sacagawea Wrong

Susan Hegger comes to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon as the politics and issues editor, a position she has held at the Beacon since it started in 2008.

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