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Over the weekend, the National Women’s Political Caucus convened in St. Louis to give women the chance to network, recruit, train, and provide support for political campaigns. The conference included sessions on things like how to effectively use social media, fundraise, and target specific voters. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air , guest host Jeremy Goodwin talked with St. Louis Public Radio political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum and University of Missouri political analyst Hanna Brant about the convention and the representation of women in American politics.

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State Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, says the level of racial disparity found in the latest Vehicle Stops Report is a crisis for the state of Missouri. 

The House Special Committee on Criminal Justice is seeking to close the gap between the rate at which black and white drivers are stopped by police. The committee is encouraging conversations with community members and law enforcement through a hearing to be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Louis County Council chambers.

The Senate has voted 97-2 to approve a bill that will virtually ensure permanent funding for rescue workers whose work after the Sept. 11 attacks caused health problems.

The House passed the bill last month, and President Trump is expected to approve it, ending a years-long ordeal for the victims after concerns that the fund was on the verge of running out of money.

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State Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, says the level of racial disparity found in the latest Vehicle Stops Report is a crisis for the state of Missouri. 

The House Special Committee on Criminal Justice is seeking to close the gap between the rate at which black and white drivers are stopped by police. The committee is encouraging conversations with community members and law enforcement through a hearing to be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Louis County Council chambers.

Dennis Carpenter, the embattled Lee’s Summit superintendent who clashed with the school board over an equity plan, has resigned.

Carpenter, the district’s first black superintendent, received a one-year contract extension in March and will leave with $750,000, a portion of which will be paid by insurance. Details of the agreement have not been released yet.

A Facebook video showing an immigration agent in Kansas City smashing the window of a car and dragging out an undocumented immigrant marks a newly aggressive approach by Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

It also has provoked community outrage, along with questions about whether the agency complied with the law and the extent to which the Kansas City Police Department is lending assistance to ICE operations.

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The annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale is back this weekend (Thursday thru Sunday) in downtown Columbia! The District's NICKIE DAVIS tells us what to expect at this popular, family-friendly event this year. Also, AMY WILDER invites everyone to this Thursday's 'Laughs at the Lyceum' comedy show (featuring comedians Kate Anderson and Jane Condon), as well as to the rest of the summer season, which includes fan favorite '9 to 5: The Musical'. (3:20) July 23, 2019

New Manager Tasked With Filling Vacant Posts In City Government

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Once the details of his contract are ironed out and he moves into the city, John Glascock will shift from interim city manager to the permanent position.

Despite those technicalities, Glascock is already working hard to fill five vacant positions in the upper echelon of city administration: deputy city manager, finance director, police chief, fire chief and internal auditor.

While there are many internal options to fill these positions, Glascock said he is willing to look “far down the chain.”

Missouri is getting an $81 million federal grant to help pay to replace a major bridge on Interstate 70 near Columbia.

Congressional Republicans from Missouri announced the grant for the Rocheport Bridge on Monday.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office says the money will allow the state to build a new bridge just south of the current bridge. The current bridge will continue to be used during construction, meaning there will be few impacts to traffic.

Construction is expected to start in 2021. It's estimated to cost about $240 million.