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The Rundown: Bygone Days, Big Data, Boomer Care

Oscar C. Kuehn / Missouri History Museum

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Modern farming

Many people want to share details of their lives on social media. But some farmers are wary of sharing detailed data about their fields with Monsanto and other agri-giants.

More Illinois Farmers Are Embracing High Tech Ag ― But Is 'Big Data' Too Much Like 'Big Brother?'

Farmers have been collecting data about their farms for decades. Now all those data are going high tech. Major agricultural companies like Monsanto, John Deere and DuPont have been developing more ways to mine that than ever before — all in the name of helping farmers make better decisions about when to plant, what to plant and how much.

Long time gone

These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed

In the centennial year of the St. Louis Camera Club — and with a show up at the Sheldon — the Missouri History Museum share compelling photos from one of the club's founding members, Oscar C. Kuehn.

Hey, hey LBJ

Credit Washington University archives

ROTC and Sociology both have returned to the campus up on the Hilltop.

ROTC Course Credit Returns To Washington University

Mention “ROTC” and “Washington University” to people of a certain age, and images immediately arise of Quonset huts blazing away in the dead of night, at the height of protests over the war in Vietnam. 

Bye Bye Bye

Chesterfield Mayor's Secession Talk Raises Eyebrows — And Faces Long, Long Odds

At issue is St. Louis County’s system for distributing a 1 percent countywide sales tax. That’s the tax that gets spread out to the county’s cities to pay for an array of public services.

Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic
Credit From the movie poster

OK, so it's not Keanu Reeves, but Eric Leuthardt says what was science fiction two decades ago is close to reality today

Computers In The Brain? Not So Science Fiction, Says St. Louis Neuroscientist

In the not-so-distant future, it will be possible, perhaps even common place, to have computers implanted in our brains, says St. Louis neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt.

Money matters

Missouri may lose the distinction of having the lowest ethics standard in the country.

Missouri House Considers Ethics Changes. Here's What The Proposal Would (And Wouldn't) Do

The Missouri House could debate a bill this week that would enact some changes to how lobbying is conducted and disclosed in Jefferson City.

Currently, there are no limits on how much a lawmaker can receive in gifts from lobbyists. The gifts from lobbyists can include anything from food and drinks to expensive travel to sports tickets. Altogether, lobbyists spend about $1 million each year on the gifts.

Boomers cause boom

Those of us of a certain age (see the ROTC item) have dictated culture for a long time. Why stop setting trends now?

St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities

Perhaps the most visible sign of St. Louis’ baby boomers growing old is the local construction surge of senior licensed care facilities. Over the past three years, construction, renovation and expansion projects in the metro area have added up to nearly one-quarter of a billion dollars with more development on the way.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

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