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When will the Fed raise rates?

In Commentary

6:41 am on Tue, 11.26.13

As the first woman to head the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen’s upcoming ascent is historic. But what will her chairmanship mean? Will she give too much weight to achieving low unemployment rates and ignore the other side of the Fed’s policy coin, which is to maintain low rates of inflation?

Missouri budgets show declining concern about higher education

In Commentary

6:47 am on Mon, 10.28.13

Education comprises about 27 percent of total spending in the Fiscal 2013 state budget, down notably from Fiscal 1990. And while spending on K-12 education increased (in real terms) more than 30 percent over the past two decades, real spending on higher education declined.

Would more affordable college provide education or credentials?

In Commentary

12:32 am on Mon, 09.16.13

A key element of the president’s “Plan to Make College More Affordable” is that the “value” of a college education isn’t commensurate with the cost. The plan seeks, therefore, to combat rising tuition, increase graduation rates and encourage competition among schools. It will accomplish none of these.

Income inequality rewards creativity

In Commentary

6:34 am on Tue, 08.20.13

The wealth of the top 1 percent has grown faster than the rest of the population (though not by as much as popularly believed). But increasing taxes on the highest incomes to help those who might be left behind ultimately robs society of the contributions these people might have made.

Mandatory charitable giving?

In Commentary

12:11 am on Mon, 07.29.13

If you think the government should not be able to require people to give a set percentage of their income to charity -- and most people would say that would be a bad idea -- why is it OK for the government to tell businesses how much they have to pay workers?

Missouri in the middle -- and below its neighbors

In Commentary

12:06 am on Thu, 07.18.13

CNBC ranking of states -- based on measures of competition, income and taxes, regulations and standards of living -- had Missouri besting only Illinois among those state which with it share a significant border. And Illinois' litany of woes is well known.

The upside of rising interest rates

In Commentary

6:43 am on Tue, 06.25.13

Comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank's bond-buying spree would taper off one of these days has upset the markets. But the Fed would better serve the economy if it prompted banks to lend some of the huge reserves they are holding.

College costs - easy to attack, hard to solve

In Commentary

6:12 am on Tue, 05.21.13

Paying professors less, increasing online courses and raising class size might make the bill cheaper, but the value of the degree will be less, as well. It's not that there are no solutions, but the easy ones create their own problems.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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