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St. Louis Symphony Cancels Fall Concerts, Plans Online Content

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is canceling its scheduled concerts through at least the end of the year because of the coronavirus. The organization plans to ramp up its offerings of new content online while Powell Hall remains closed to the public. St. Louis Department of Health regulations allow for large venues to reopen at up to 75% of audience capacity. But it’s still not safe to gather the full orchestra or perform for audiences, Music Director Stéphane Denève said Tuesday. “The situation...

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday he was “disappointed” that lawmakers extended the special legislative session by at least two weeks, citing the need for more time to consider the governor’s proposals.

“The reality of it is the homicide rates are climbing and every day we’re delaying, more people are losing their lives,” Parson told reporters during his visit to the Missouri State Fair.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, a death that sparked indignation and grief in a city that’s seen more than 120 homicides this year.

Ryson Ellis is charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced at a press conference, with Taliferro’s parents by her side.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday he was “disappointed” that lawmakers extended the special legislative session by at least two weeks, citing the need for more time to consider the governor’s proposals.

“The reality of it is the homicide rates are climbing and every day we’re delaying, more people are losing their lives,” Parson told reporters during his visit to the Missouri State Fair.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, a death that sparked indignation and grief in a city that’s seen more than 120 homicides this year.

Ryson Ellis is charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced at a press conference, with Taliferro’s parents by her side.

They’ve protested and even shut down courts, and now a coalition of Kansas City organizations and housing advocates are taking their case to a judge hoping to halt evictions during the pandemic.

Tenant advocates and several other groups sent a public letter to Jackson County Presiding Judge David Byrn and Mayor Quinton Lucas on Thursday, demanding they reinstate the Jackson County eviction moratorium for at least six months.

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Many of us these days find ourselves looking around and asking ourselves how we got here: to this moment we’re in, today. How has our history, our choices, our culture shaped the moment that we’re in when it comes to disparities in our health, wealth, our neighborhoods and education. And when it comes to racial justice.

One easy thing we can do is to look back and listen to people who have lived these experiences over the decades.

'This Is Deliberate Risk': MU Residential Assistants Worry As Move-In Begins

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As students began to move into MU residence halls and apartments Wednesday, residential assistants — or RAs — expressed concern about their own health and safety, citing university policies and duties they believe would put them at more risk of exposure to COVID-19.

In private meetings with Department of Residential Life supervisors and interviews with the Missourian, RAs criticized what they viewed as expanded duties, including leading campus activities and tours with groups of students, that needlessly put them and others at risk to begin the fall semester.

A proposal by Missouri's Republican governor to give the attorney general the power to prosecute homicides in St. Louis is spurring backlash.

Gov. Mike Parson's Monday directive was widely seen as criticism of St. Louis' first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Parson has said the goal is to help combat a surge in violent crime.

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says Republicans are trying to undermine Gardner. Gardner supports greater police accountability and other reforms.