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  • Friday, July 12 - The party of Lincoln's future in Illinois
    Illinois Republicans are preparing to head to Milwaukee for next week’s Republican National Convention where they’ll nominate Donald Trump to be the party’s official nominee for president. The state party now appears to be in lockstep with their presidential pick even though Trump has twice lost Illinois. And intense in-fighting recently cost the Illinois G-O-P’s leader his job. As Alex Degman reports, the next week will likely feature some tough discussions on where the Illinois Republican Party hopes to go.
  • Thursday, July 11 - No place for girls
    When a child enters the foster care system, the primary goal is to place them with a family member. But when the foster child has significant behavioral or mental health conditions, they are placed in a residential facility with staff trained in specialized treatment. In Iowa and Missouri, there is ample space for boys in those centers, but not for girls. The Midwest Newsroom’s Kristofor Husted reports.
  • Wednesday, July 10 - Forgoing a free lunch
    Summer break can be the hungriest time of the year for children who rely on free and reduced lunch at school. For years the US Department of Agriculture has offered funding for on-site meals. This year the USDA also rolled out a new program called SUN Bucks… to provide eligible families $120 per child for groceries over the summer months. But as Harvest Public Media’s Anna Pope reports, 13 states opted out of the program -- leaving almost 10 million children without the food benefit.
  • Tuesday, July 9 - Finding better outcomes for foster kids
    Missouri’s child welfare system has struggled to perform essential functions over the years. But after hiring more staff and making other changes in recent years, state officials say fewer foster kids are languishing in the system. St. Louis Public Radio’s Lacretia Wimbley spoke with one woman who spent more than 10 years as a foster kid in Missouri, and reports on what officials are doing to better outcomes for children in the system.
  • Monday, July 8 - Accountability for a nursing home's overnight closure
    Earlier this year, federal health officials fined the former directors of the Northview Village nursing home in St. Louis 56 thousand dollars for the overnight closure of the facility. The shutdown upended the lives of 174 residents and their families. St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem reports that despite public outcry, that may be the directors’ only penalty.
  • Friday, July 5, 2024 -- Kayaking toward being a better teacher
    A group of Illinois teachers spent a week learning how to teach their students about water and their local watersheds. It culminated with a kayak ride down the Rock River.
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - A local approach to redress and reparations
    St. Louis is one of many cities across the nation acknowledging its role in racism and establishing task forces to help make the case for reparations for Black Americans. A national group is supporting these efforts with research and legal assistance.
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - Manufactured homes as a solution to the housing problem
    The Biden Administration wants the nation’s house hunters to give manufactured homes a try, because they’re more affordable. Meanwhile, officials are close to updating construction codes to make the homes more climate-resilient.
  • Monday, July 1 - Gordon Ramsay joins the St. Louis dining scene
    A celebrity chef known has a new restaurant in an iconic downtown St. Louis dining room--and says he's excited to be part of the city's momentum. Chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest “Ramsay’s Kitchen” location is now open inside the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Mississippi River. The restauranteur and media personality stopped into St. Louis for the grand opening this weekend, sharing why he’s eager to work with St. Louis talent, where else he ate while he was in town, and what he really thinks of the Gateway Arch.
  • Friday, June 28 - Building girls exposure to STEM
    Women have historically trailed behind men in the STEM field. A local non profit is working to boost young girls' interest in STEM one shop class at a time.