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The Rundown: Poised For Change In Ferguson

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission. Nov. 19
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the Ferguson commission.

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The future of Ferguson

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Rich McClure
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Rich McClure is one of the co-chairs of the Ferguson commission.

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men. Here are brief introductions to the members.

Ferguson Commission: Who Didn't Make It?

While we'll presumably be hearing and seeing a lot from the 16 people tapped for the commission, here’s a sampling from people who did not make the cut. More than 300 people from all corners of the state applied.

Five Questions About The Missouri National Guard

After he declared a state of emergency, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been coy about exactly when and how many National Guard troops will come to the St. Louis area ahead of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. to understand how the National Guard works generally, St. Louis Public Radio reached out to some experts to get a better understanding of what the National Guard is and what we can expect.

Love And Desperation: Two Musicians Respond To Ferguson

Two leaders in the St. Louis music community released Ferguson-related songs this month. Tef Poe’s War Cry levels harsh criticism at political leaders while Brian Owens' Love, Love addresses the hope for community understanding. The songs approach the problems that have gained attention since Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August from radically different perspectives. But taken together, the songs portray a city frustrated, critical and cautiously hopeful.

St. Louis on the Air

Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack
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Dwaun Warmack

Four Months In, Harris-Stowe President Discusses Job, Ferguson

Dwaun Warmack took over as president of Harris-Stowe State University in July. A month later, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, about 12 miles away. It was almost a case of deja vu: "I was 18 miles from the Trayvon Martin tragedy," Warmack said. "I had some experience, from an educational perspective and institution of higher learning, (with) how do we create a space to have some meaningful dialogue around some tragedies that may happen like that in this country.” Warmack said one of his big responsibilities is to work with students and university officials to define the role of the university, a historically black school in midtown St. Louis.

How he won

North St. Louis County Carried Stenger Across The Finish Line

If it weren’t for voters in north St. Louis County, Democrat Steve Stenger wouldn’t have won the tight Nov. 4 contest for county executive. Stenger lost most of his home turf in south St. Louis County to Republican Rick Stream. Stenger carried north county strongly, but the percentage was far less than County Executive Charlie Dooley's performance in 201o. Even so, Stenger's north county showing -- despite opposition from north county Democrats -- proved crucial to victory. Check out our maps of township breakdowns.

Art, life and reinvention

Surviving The Nightlife — How Music Venues Stay Afloat in St. Louis

Circa 1959, Ice Hockey, 2008, 34.5x18x2 inches, oil, enamel on steel
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Circa 1959, Ice Hockey, 2008, 34.5x18x2 inches, oil, enamel on steel

This month, local venue the Gramophone announced it was closing as a concert space and reopening this spring as a bar. Although they’ll still occasionally have live acts, the venue’s shift is away from high-energy music and toward a relaxed food and drink. As the Gramophone reinvents itself, St. Louis Public Radio turned to a few veteran venue owners to find out how they find success in the city.

But For Accident, STL Artist Would Have Wielded Hockey Stick Not Paintbrush

Fontbonne professor Tim Liddy is one of 102 artists displayed ina national exhibition at the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Ark. But Liddy was never going to be an artist. Looking forward to a career on the ice, he was planning to play games, not paint them. Three of his game-related works are in the Crystal Bridges “State of the Art” exhibition, which runs through Jan. 19.

And don't forget...

Food Pantries Depend On Holiday Donations To Help Them Get Through The Year

The holiday wish list for St. Louis agencies that assist the hungry is long and never-ending because what comes in, soon goes out -- and the shelves need to be filled again. Five years after economists say the Great Recession officially ended, St. Louis agencies that feed the hungry say the need for donations remains great because people who need help need it longer.

Susan Hegger comes to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon as the politics and issues editor, a position she has held at the Beacon since it started in 2008.