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The Rundown: 'Right To Farm,' Food For Lunch And Family Business

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Primary election 2014

Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?

Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.

St. Louis County Executive Candidates Shy Away From Backing City-County Union

Talk about ending the "Great Divorce" between St. Louis and St. Louis County has gone on for years. But discussions have heated up in recent months with reports from a group called Better Together. Even so, none of the four major candidates for St. Louis County executive are committing to a union between the city and county. Nor or they advocating full-scale consolidation of local governments.

Settled but unsettling

St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross

What Was At Stake: St. Louis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case

On Monday, the St. Louis Archdiocese announced it had settled a civil lawsuit in the case of Doe vs. Ross, in which a young woman accused a former priest of raping her – and the archdiocese of putting her and other children at risk by moving the priest from parish to parish. We break down the issues involved in this case.

Food for thought


For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles

It takes just a moment to hand a child a sack lunch, but it is THE moment -- the one that matters – for the volunteers with Twigs, a program that feeds children from financially struggling families in the summertime in Granite City. You’ll find the volunteers in their bright yellow shirts at 11 designated spots -- street corners, parks and churches -- from 11:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday, rain or shine, starting the day after school lets out for summer vacation and until it opens again.

The family business

The Muny is looking to extend its lease to 2071, and free up some funds earmarked for parking lot upkeep. A city fund for that purpose has a surplus of approximately $180,000.
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Sarah Heet is an usher at the Muny, part of a long family tradition.

St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment

Coming away with a new favorite song is part of the Muny tradition for thousands of St. Louis families. But some families are taking home more than a catchy tune — they’re also leaving with paychecks. Five members of the Heet family have worked at the Muny as ushers. Two are still on the job. Alex Heet, 21, is a college student in her fifth summer at the Muny. Her sister, Sarah, 18, is ushering for a third year.

Art meets life

STL Art Game-Changers: Sarah Paulsen Animates A Response To Kirkwood Tragedy

The 2008 Kirkwood shooting that left six dead, including council member Connie Karr, forever changed the community. Now, artist Sarah Paulsen has created “Elegy to Connie,” a feature-length animated film, using collages, drawings, Claymation, 3-D landscapes and stop-motion to capture the community's reactions.

Wild, wild world

Band-Aids, Babies And Marriage Proposals: 11 Fun Facts About The STL Zoo

Did you know that last year 48 visitors to the Zoo were treated for bee stings? Didn't think so.

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