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Essential news for the St. Louis region. Every weekday, in about 8 to 10 minutes, you can learn about the top stories of the day, while also hearing longer stories that bring context and humanity to the issues and ideas that affect life in the region.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - The struggle of rural newspapers
    Over the last two decades, the number of newspapers in the U.S. has dropped by nearly a third. Rural areas have been especially impacted. But newspapers are experimenting with different strategies in an effort to keep local news alive.
  • Monday, April 15, 2024 - Cahokia Heights' federal water and sewer administrator
    Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appointed a federal coordinator to oversee the response to Cahokia Heights’ ongoing sewer and water issues. The inaugural coordinator is EPA scientist Beth Murphy. She’ll leave the position at the end of the month.
  • Friday, April 12, 2024 - The Purple Shirts who help those in need of mental health
    A team of behavioral health clinicians is working to bridge the gap in local policing by helping meet the mental and emotional needs in St. Louis. They’re known in St. Louis as the Purple Shirts.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 - St. Louis area Muslims reflect on Ramadan
    Over the last month, Muslims across the world have observed the holy month of Ramadan with fasting, gatherings for meals, community prayer, and intentional giving. And yesterday marked Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. We hear from with a range of St. Louis area Muslims about the way they’ve experienced Ramadan this year:
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - VineBrook Homes is selling to cover debt
    Some property equity firms buy lots of single family homes and rent them out. Ohio based VineBrook Homes is one of the larger companies. Many of its renters claim VineBrook neglects its properties and renters which the firm denies. Now it faces another problem–and is selling hundreds of properties in order to pay off a huge debt.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - Total coverage of the 2024 eclipse
    Thousands of people yesterday poured into towns, stadiums, fields and even an airplane across Missouri and Illinois to watch the solar eclipse. Totality lasted about 4 minutes but left an emotional impression on many watchers.
  • Monday, April 8, 2024 - Using robots to control weeds
    Farmers often rely on herbicides to keep weeds out of their fields. But a startup company in the Midwest has developed a high-tech way to cut weeds down, by using robots.
  • Friday, April 5, 2024 - Missouri's fur business
    The once dominant Missouri fur industry has been declining due to shifting attitudes around the use of fur and increased trade tariffs. But the enduring market is adapting.
  • April 4, 2024 — R.E.M.'s Mike Mills enters the classical world
    Mike Mills sold over 60 million albums as bassist and songwriter with R.E.M., which emerged from the college-rock scene of the 1980’s to become one of the world’s most successful bands. Now he’s blending genres with his concerto for orchestra and rock band. Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie will perform it Friday with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, in a program that also includes orchestral interpretations of R.E.M. songs.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - The future of Missouri's fur industry
    The fur industry has a long history in the state of Missouri, and while it looks different now – it’s still around. Rebecca Smith recently went to the annual Missouri fur auction and brings us this look at fur trapping’s role in the community and in conservation.