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Dooley kicks off re-election bid with big-name backers, cites 'experience and common sense'

In Backroom

12:32 am on Fri, 12.06.13

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley launched his bid for another four-year term Thursday night with a show of political force before a diverse audience of Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites. He was flanked by many of the region's top Democrats, including U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and local UAW president David Hurst.

Former Missouri Speaker Tilley among major Republicans aiding Dooley's re-election bid

In Backroom

2:37 pm on Fri, 11.22.13

Former state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, and St. Louis businessman Doug Albrecht were among the top Republicans to raise money for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat under siege from some within his own party. The gathering signals that some Republicans have dropped plans to recruit a big-name candidate to challenge Dooley.

New initiative petition proposals would require Supreme Court judges to run for office

In Backroom

4:38 pm on Mon, 11.18.13

The ongoing battle over how Missouri judges are selected may be resurrected again in 2014. Activists on both sides are closely watching two initiative-petition proposals that would transform the state’s highest judges from gubernatorial appointees into elected officials.The proposals also would expand the size of the state's Supreme Court.

Stenger's labor backers borrow Sinquefield tactic, with string of daily donations just over $5,000

In Backroom

1:10 am on Fri, 11.15.13

For almost two weeks, St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger’s campaign for county executive has received daily a new $5,000-plus donation, which must be publicly reported on the Missouri Ethics Commission's web site. The donations are mainly from former supporters of County Executive Charlie Dooley, who Stenger is challenging in next year's Democratic primary. The tactic is patterned after a string of Dooley donations in 2010 from financier Rex Sinquefield.

Kander pledges to resume fight for early voting, ethics changes, when legislators reconvene

In Backroom

2:36 am on Mon, 11.11.13

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is renewing two political battles when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. Kander wants to reinstate ethics and campaign restrictions, which were tossed out by the state Supreme Court on technical grounds. And he wants Missouri voters to be able to cast early ballots for any reason.

Despite controversies, Dooley says he still has 'fire in the belly' for re-election bid

In Elections

Updated at 3:42 pm on Fri, 11.08.13

On Dec. 5, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley plans to officially launch his bid for another four-year term by highlighting his regional support and achievements during the past 10 years. Dooley said he's confident he can weather recent controversies plaguing his administration by emphasizing his corrective actions.

Uplands Park decides against disincorporation

In Backroom

12:26 pm on Wed, 11.06.13

A bid to disincorporate Uplands Park failed, which ensures the north St. Louis County village will not become part of unincorporated St. Louis County. But it had appeared voters decided the opposite outcome due to posting the unofficial results on the St. Louis County Board of Elections website too early.

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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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