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Brian Heffernan

Digital and Special Projects Editor

Brian Heffernan is the digital editor and special projects editor at St. Louis Public Radio. Before coming to the newsroom in April 2018, Brian reported for a variety of publications including Al Jazeera America, St. Louis Magazine, Riverfront Times, San Francisco magazine and the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette newspapers in South Carolina. He also worked in St. Louis' burgeoning startup and tech industry as a project manager and quality assurance specialist. A St. Louis native, Brian received both his master's and bachelor's degrees of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. When he's not plunked down in front of a computer screen, Brian enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, cooking and playing the very adult, sophisticated game of wiffle ball.

Live streams of the protest showed members of the Florissant Police Department hitting protesters with batons, spraying them with pepper spray and making arrests.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 10:30 a.m. July 7 with a video released by Florissant Police

Florissant police arrested 17 demonstrators Sunday night outside their headquarters and used batons and pepper spray to clear people from the department's parking lot.

Demonstrators have gathered for weeks in Florissant to protest police brutality and demand that police stop killing Black people. Dozens of protesters Sunday stood shoulder to shoulder, carrying signs and chanting “Black Lives Matter.” Some parked vehicles on North Lindbergh Boulevard to block traffic in front of the police station.

A march against violence towards black transgender Americans that looped through St. Louis' Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods was among several demonstrations against racism in the region Friday. 060520
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

White coat wearing-health care workers, teens too young to vote and members and allies of the LGBTQ community were among the groups that showed up by the thousands Friday at more than a half-dozen marches and protests in the St. Louis metro area. 

The protests were the latest large-scale demonstrations to follow the violent death of George Floyd, and they highlighted the different ways that racism and police brutality against black Americans play out.

Protesters marched down Main Street in St. Charles Wednesday to condemn the recent killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minneapolis police.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of protesters marched in St. Charles on Wednesday, blocking traffic on Route 94 and later filling Main Street with a crowd that stretched more than three blocks long. 

The demonstrations were among several held in the St. Louis region to condemn police brutality toward African Americans following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Others on Wednesday included a candlelight vigil in midtown St. Louis and a march in Ballwin. 

After steep increases at the end of March, new cases of people testing positive for the coronavirus have leveled off, if not declined in Missouri, Illinois and the St. Louis metro area.
Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

The number of new coronavirus cases in the St. Louis metro area is decreasing.

Although the overall number of positive cases continues to rise, fewer people on average are getting that diagnosis today than a week ago, according to an analysis of county-level data.

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That deceleration of new cases comes ahead of this weekend, when the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force predicts area hospitals will see peak numbers of COVID-19 patients. Experts said the peak is not expected to overwhelm the region’s supply of hospital beds, ICU beds or ventilators. The average length of the illness is about 14 days.

Mayor Theodore "Ted" Hoskins, surrounded by Berkeley City Council, stressed the Dec. 23 2014 shooting of Antonio Martin was unlike Michael Brown's death in Ferguson
File photo | Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Berkeley Mayor Theodore "Ted" Hoskins has been charged with five felony counts of election fraud.

A special prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker, announced charges Thursday that allege Hoskins tampered with absentee ballots for a municipal election in April 2018. 

He is accused of filling out absentee ballot applications for voters and having his campaign workers do the same. He is also accused of altering absentee ballots. Hoskins faces 25 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. 

A rendering shows how the proposed MLS stadium will look from above.
MLS4theLou

A Major League Soccer stadium is coming to the western edge of downtown St. Louis — and it’s going to be bigger than originally thought. 

The ownership group of St. Louis’ MLS team released plans Thursday for a nearly 30-acre campus, including a 22,500-seat stadium north of Market Street and team offices and practice facilities to the south. 

MLS Commissioner Don Garber awarded St. Louis an expansion team in August. The team, which has not been named yet, will begin play in March 2022. 

Designs by Snow Kreilich Architects and HOK show a open-air soccer stadium with a translucent canopy to protect spectators from weather and a field that sits 40 feet below street level.
HOK

Architects of a proposed future home to a professional soccer team in downtown St. Louis unveiled designs for a 22,500-seat stadium Saturday morning. 

The renderings show a rectangular, open-air stadium with a translucent canopy to protect spectators from weather and a field that sits 40 feet below street level. The design features entrances on all sides of the stadium and open views of the city to the north and east. It would be built just west of Union Station.