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Local immigrants call on U.S. House to pass immigration bill

In Backroom

Updated at 7:03 pm on Mon, 11.25.13

More than a dozen immigrants -- some citizens, some undocumented -- joined pro-immigration activists at an event in Kirkwood calling on the U.S. House to vote on a bill that passed the Senate months ago. The chief local target is U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, who said she is considering the issue.

Just who was Leonor K. Sullivan?

In Region

6:39 am on Thu, 11.14.13

The reconstruction of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard along St. Louis' riverfront resurrects interest in the outspoken figure who was Missouri’s first woman elected to Congress. She won federal money for the Arch grounds and helped create the federal food stamp program. She also advanced a variety of consumer protections and opposed the ERA.

McCaskill prepares for likely final showdown over competing sexual assault proposals

In Backroom

3:08 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

Before the end of November, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.,  expects a final showdown on a longstanding battle with fellow Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-NY., over how best to reform the military's process for handling sexual assaults. McCaskill wants to keep commanders in the loop, while Gillibrand wants to shift all authority in sexual assault cases to military prosecutors.

Is it 2014 already? Shimkus kicks off campaign for 10th term; other Metro East candidates follow

In Region

11:48 am on Tue, 11.05.13

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the most senior U.S. representative in the St. Louis region; he says he plans to use his latest campaign to showcase how he represents the conservative viewpoint of his constituents in a chamber of full of diverse viewpoints. Shimkus is expected to win re-election easily, but other colleagues in Metro East -- U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Bill Enyart -- may have more competitive races.

On the trail: Courage and kindness on Skelton's journey from Warm Springs to Capitol Hill

In Washington

6:35 am on Tue, 11.05.13

The late U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton's dedication, warmth and expertise had a lasting impact on Missouri and national politics, says journalist Scott Charton. Charton assisted Skelton with his memoir -- "Achieve the Honorable." The book was released a few weeks before the recent death of Skelton -- a Lexington Democrat revered for his military knowledge. His funeral was Monday.

McCaskill claims victory in FAA decision to allow broader use of electronic devices on planes

In Washington

11:31 am on Thu, 10.31.13

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 not cell phones – on commercial airplanes. McCaskill chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and has been lobbying for the change for years.

Wagner's D.C. profile increases as she tangles with White House over bill

In Backroom

1:33 pm on Wed, 10.30.13

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, has captured the attention of the White House with her success this week in winning House passage of a bill to delay or block federal agencies from imposing more restrictions on financial advisers who handle retirement investments such as IRAs. President Barack Obama is being advised to veto the bill, should it gain Senate approval.

Wagner accuses Durbin of making 'bogus allegation'

In Backroom

Updated at 2:52 pm on Tue, 10.29.13

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, accused U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., of making a "bogus allegation''  that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama during a White House meeting that "I cannot even stand to look at you."  Durbin made the comments over the weekend on Facebook. The Facebook post has now been taken down.

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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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