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The Rundown: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh and St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies on Dec. 18, 2014, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
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We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Looking back ...

As He Prepares To Step Down, Dooley Takes Stock Of Legacy

Aside from the color of his skin, a longtime aide portrays soon-to-depart St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley as a man who fit the traditional mold of the job that he held for over a decade. Generally speaking,  all of the men who have served as St. Louis County executive have chosen the route of managing the county rather than leading it.

East St. Louis Station Broke Out 'Rapper’s Delight' 35 Years Ago

It’s been 35 years since the the song “Rapper's Delight” made its debut on the radio, yet the track still holds a unique magic. It was one of the first commercial successes for rap music and it got its radio start in East St. Louis.

WWII veteran Paul Tell shows a couple of volunteers with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight a book of photographs he took as a young soldier in Europe, after a special film screening hosted by the organization.
Credit Karl Lund | Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
WWII veteran Paul Tell shows volunteers with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight a book of photographs he took as a young soldier.

WWII, Korea Veterans Treated To Special Screening Of 'Unbroken'

The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight closed out its year of veteran visits to the war memorials in Washington, D.C., by taking vets on one more special trip – to a Chesterfield movie theater. Nearly 150 area veterans of World War II and Korea who had participated in honor flights earlier this year, were treated to a private screening of  “Unbroken,” a movie telling the true story of WWII veteran Louis “Louie” Zamperini and his survival at a Japanese POW camp. Afterward, many veterans gave it good reviews, although some said it was brutal to watch.

Remembering Highlights Of 2014, At Least Politically Speaking

Breaking new ground is one of the trademarks of the Politically Speaking podcast, and this year was no exception. After three years of podcasts, Politically Speaking changed its format and put the spotlight on guests. In all, 48 episodes featured federal, state and local officials from across Missouri and Illinois – as well as a few folks who aren’t in office.

Newcomers Reflect On Their First Months In St. Louis

This summer, the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio hired five people who had never lived in St. Louis. As 2014 draws to a close, we asked each to reflect on what they've discovered in their five months here. Stephanie Lecci, Emanuele Berry, Willis Ryder Arnold, Durrie Bouscaren and Wayne Pratt talk about what they learned.

... Looking ahead

Steve Stenger holds his baby girl Madeline Jane as wife Allison looks on while taking the oath as the new St. Louis County Executive in Clayton, Missouri. Federal Judge Ronnie White administered the oath to Stenger.
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Newly inaugurated St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger with his wife Allison and daughter Madeline.

Stenger Promises Change As He Takes The Helm Of St. Louis County's Government

With his county still coming to grips in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, Steve Stenger was sworn as St. Louis County executive. The Affton Democrat became the county’s eighth executive. “As I assume the responsibility of St. Louis County executive, there is much work to be done,” Stenger said. “Our citizens have become concerned with the direction we are headed and the very way we deal with the issues we face. They expect better. They deserve better. Their call for change has been heard.”

Student Transfers Top List Of Pre-Filed Education Bills Facing LegislatorsWhen the Missouri General Assembly convenes next month, education will take its usual place as the center of concern for many lawmakers. Here are some of the bills that have been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session.

Health-Care Bills To Watch In Missouri This Year

Missouri lawmakers pre-filed more than 500 bills over the past month that they plan to take up during the next legislative session, which begins Jan. 7. Here’s a selection of bills related to health care that St. Louis Public Radio’s Health Desk will be keeping an eye on in 2015.

Fair play

Washington University's Brookings Hall
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Washington University's Brookings Hall

As Washington U. Adjuncts Consider Union, Issues Arise On Both Sides

As part-time instructors at Washington University ponder whether to join a union, two major questions have arisen about the campaign. Has the university kept its pledge to remain neutral? Has the union used tactics that are too aggressive? Ballots sent to a little more than 400 adjunct instructors at Wash U. have just one question: ““Do you wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by Service Employees International Union, Local 1?” Voting ends Jan. 2, with ballots to be counted Jan. 5.

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.

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