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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Many of Missouri’s best-known Republicans – present and past -- are gathering here in a couple weeks for a huge display of support for state Auditor Tom Schweich. His contest will be at the top of the Missouri ballot a year from now.

But some party activists already are privately speculating that the big-ticket gathering Nov. 17 at the Clayton home of business magnate Sam Fox also may signal a show of force behind Schweich should he decide to run for governor in 2016.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Bike St. Louis, the system of on-street bicycle routes throughout the St. Louis area, is about to receive a major face-lift.

Phase III of Bike St. Louis would upgrade 60 miles and expand the bike routes by 40 miles in the city.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - As lawmakers, educators and others prepare for what shapes up to be a lively discussion about changes in Missouri classrooms, St. Louis area superintendents say they would like to see more money directed to struggling schools so that students could learn where they live rather than having to travel elsewhere.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing that he is dropping plans to run next year for the 8th congressional district seat now held by fellow Republican Jason Smith.

Kinder’s decision marks at least the third time when he’s publicly declared plans to run for office and then backed off.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is claiming some of the credit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement that it will allow expanded use of portable electronic devices – but no telephone calls on cell phones – on commercial airplanes.

“Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions,” the FAA said in a press release.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After an autumn day drive to spot the brilliant colors of leaves along the Great River Road, head back to St. Louis to see an amped up nature projected into the night sky against the large exterior wall of the Contemporary Art Museum.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When Pat Mulroy, the general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, presented a resource plan to her board in 2000, it showed a half century of clear sailing ahead.

Then Mother Nature intervened.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: After collecting opinions from a variety of campus groups, Saint Louis University has begun seeking a president who will be expected to “maintain SLU’s Jesuit core values and existing strengths, while building boldly and creatively on the university’s potential for future growth.”

Two members of the Normandy school board were absent for last week’s vote rejecting bills from districts that have accepted transferring students. But their presence may not have made any difference in the outcome.

What often is a routine part of a school board meeting attracted a lot more attention Thursday night when a motion to pay $1.3 million in bills submitted by receiving school districts for tuition and transportation in September came up for a vote.

Provided Dwayne (left) and Dwight Bosman

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: At the age of 60, Dwight and Dwayne Bosman, known professionally as the Bosman Twins, continue to do what they’ve been doing since the age of 14 – play music together.

Bumpy velodrome causes bad vibrations

Oct 30, 2013
The velodrome has earned a bumpy face nickname.
Paul Sableman | Flickr

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Neatly stashed away off the interchange between I-70 and Kingshighway is a piece of St. Louis many have forgotten or never known about.

The Penrose Park Velodrome, unique to Missouri and one of only 27 nationwide, is an oval cycling arena featuring banked corners and some frightfully fast action.

Most of Missouri's native bees are thriving

Oct 29, 2013
Coneflower bee, Andrena helianthiformis.
Mike Arduser | Missouri Department of Conservation

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If you visit one of Missouri’s native prairies when the coneflowers are blooming, you will see plenty of bees buzzing around them. You may not realize that some of these bees are a single species that collects pollen only from the pale purple coneflower and only on native prairie. This coneflower specialist flies for just a few weeks each year, collecting the pollen to feed its offspring until the coneflower blooms again.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: As regional vice president of operations for RehabCare, Lisa Meyers communicates with a good many applicants for physical therapists' jobs at the 360 locations she hires for across Missouri and southern Illinois.

Unfortunately, she wishes some of those applicants would communicate a bit better themselves.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against the same-sex partner of a deceased highway patrolman who has been trying for almost four years to obtain survivor's benefits.

The effect will likely bar anyone in a same-sex relationship in Missouri from collecting survivor's benefits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Beyond the St. Louis Chess Club and the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End, another important contributor to St. Louis’ thriving chess scene is the presence of GM Susan Polgar, one of the most recognizable women in the game and the coach of Webster University’s national championship team.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Although redistricting battles were finished a year ago, before the 2012 elections, the topic resurfaced with this month's U.S. House fight over the federal budget and Obamacare, which led to the 16-day shutdown of the federal government.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In the '60s, it often seemed OK to ridicule serious social issues, including mental illness. The book "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" took aim at the administration of an institution in the Pacific Northwest. The real world of mental health policies began to change, however, in 1963, a year after the book was published, when a watershed federal law, the Community Mental Health Act, took effect.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Proponents of boosting wages for fast-food workers and other minimum-wage workers held a public hearing Monday at St. Louis City Hall to publicize a study showing how many fast-food workers rely on public assistance.

The event organized by Jobs with Justice’s Workers’ Rights Board featured employees  saying how wages at fast-food restaurants aren’t high enough to stay off of public assistance -- such as Medicaid or food stamps.

State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, recently announced he wouldn't seek re-election to the Missouri House. Kelly said he's dismayed by the legislature's preoccupation with "ginning up the base."
Tim Bommel | Missouri House Communications

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon:  For state Rep. Chris Kelly, the Missouri General Assembly just isn’t what it used to be.

The Columbia Democrat returned to the Missouri House in 2009 after a roughly 16-year layoff. He first served from 1983 to 1994.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri’s budget priorities have long-term consequences and they are not good.

The recent snafu over the fiscal budget, the debt ceiling and the continued funding of Obamacare provides a teachable moment. Spending choices, whether at the federal or state level, have economic consequences.

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