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Jo Mannies is the award-winning dean of Missouri political reporters.

Mannies covered politics for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for almost 30 years before retiring. She subsequently moved to the Beacon, where her Backroom has become a must-read for political junkies.

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.

Labor emphasizes it's on board with Missouri's effort to woo Boeing

In Economy

4:43 pm on Thu, 12.05.13

Bob Soutier, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, says that local labor is unified in supporting Missouri's effort to bring Boeing's 777x to Missouri. His comments come amid a flap over disparaging remarks by a local Machinist official here to a Seattle radio station.

Paula Gianino reflects on 25 years heading Planned Parenthood

In Region

Updated at 2:22 pm on Thu, 12.05.13

Paula Gianino, who has been the regional head of Planned Parenthood for almost 25 years, plans to step down in January 2015, according to an announcement late Wednesday. The organization’s board said it was announcing her pending retirement now so that an extensive search for her successor can get underway. Updated with an interview with Gianino.

Missouri's November revenue collection shows economic slowdown

In Backroom

12:54 pm on Wed, 12.04.13

Even as the Missouri General Assembly considers tax breaks for Boeing, the latest state revenue numbers indicate there continues to be a slowdown in the state’s economic recovery. Missouri’s general revenue collections  for November were up only 1 percent, compared to November 2012, putting the fiscal year-to-date increase slightly below the estimates used to craft the state’s current budget.
 

Missouri Senate votes for aid for Boeing, now goes to House

In Economy

Updated at 4:33 pm on Wed, 12.04.13

Missouri Republican and Democratic officials, business executives and labor leaders are engaging in a rare bipartisan blitz to land a lucrative Boeing deal that could bring thousands of jobs to the region. The Missouri Senate approved the plan Wednesday; it now goes to the House.

All sides weigh in as legislators convene to consider Nixon plan to woo Boeing

In Economy

1:49 pm on Mon, 12.02.13

Various groups and individuals, from progressive to conservative, are putting in their two-bits as the Missouri General Assembly gathers in Jefferson City this week to consider Gov. Jay Nixon's plan for persuading Boeing Co. to move at least part of its likely lucrative production of a new commercial airliner, the 777x.

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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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