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LAWRENCE, Kansas — When school buildings across Kansas shut down in March, parents and students had to adjust to shorter class times, Zoom sessions and take-home packets.

Meanwhile, families in the foster care system faced extra challenges: keeping up with training sessions, therapy appointments and social worker visits.

Downtown St. Louis residents, along with business leaders and other stakeholders, are launching an effort to solve problems plaguing the city’s core.

Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis aims to tackle long-standing issues such as infrastructure, property upkeep and crime, and some members have already met with Mayor Lyda Krewson.

A St. Louis judge on Monday extended his order placing city eviction proceedings on hold.

Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison, who earlier this month halted evictions through Tuesday, decided to continue doing so until Oct. 2. The judge said his order is necessary to give families unable to pay their rent or mortgage more time to apply for financial assistance.

“Thank you, frontline and essential workers. You are our heroes.” Such sentiments have become a fixture of American culture in 2020. But Dena Tranen, a mental health professional based in Clayton, knows that gratitude alone is insufficient.

Fantasies And Fantasia

Aug 31, 2020

Michael Stern, Conductor

Dan Margolies

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Fantasia on an Ostinato, John Corigliano

Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46, for violin and orchestra, Max Bruch

Symphonie fantastique, Hector Berlioz

About 1,407 people in the bi-state area have died of COVID-19 so far. That number — alongside the total of 1,615 Missouri residents lost to the disease — was not lost on Jessica Murray. For the past 12 weeks, she’s devoted her time to building and maintaining a website to remember them and their lives.

Molly Boyer knew she was taking a chance when she opened her GROW Hair Studio in June -not long after stay-at-home orders were lifted. Many of her clients were following her to the small Brookside East salon in Kansas City, Missouri, but she didn't know how many would feel safe.

P.T. Campbell was one of them. But visiting with him on his first time back in Boyer's chair, he said the sign-in for contact tracing purposes, the temperature check, the mask were all fine.

More than four months after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sought to hold China and the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic, the lawsuit remains stalled in federal court.

Neither the Chinese government, the Communist Party nor the officials named in the lawsuit have filed a response.

Missouri served the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing with summonses on July 17. Under U.S. law, a foreign state or agency has 60 days to respond after they’re served.

Lumiere Place Halts Layoffs For 97 Longtime Workers

Aug 31, 2020

Tera Butler has worked at the Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis since it first opened 13 years ago. She’s first in seniority among workers in the VIP room — and beloved by the casino’s regulars.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:59: Kansas City's parking lot problems

Kansas City is thoroughly a car town — a place where owning a vehicle is pretty much necessary. That physical layout means parking lots proliferate, which then affects property values, development patterns and so much more throughout the entire metro area.

For parents of kids with disabilities, finding appropriate child care in the Kansas City metro was a struggle even before the pandemic.

“When you have a child with special needs, it’s not quite as simple as hopping onto care.com and just picking someone,” said Rebecca Kline Toy, the clinical director of the residential psychiatric treatment program at KidsTLC in Olathe. “You’re really looking for someone who gets your kid, that you feel safe taking care of your kid.”

At 5:30 p.m. on a sunny Friday in Grand Center, 30 people sat at outdoor tables for an event that once was commonplace in this neighborhood but is now a novelty: a live concert.

The Dark Room and Jazz St. Louis co-produced the Aug. 21 performance by the Ryan Marquez Trio, under a white tent in the parking lot next to the Dark Room.

The vibe was a lot different from the last shows there, or at Ferring Jazz Bistro around the corner, before the shutdown in March.

An officer who was in grave condition after a man shot him in the head Saturday evening has died, police said.

Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon, an officer with more than three years of service with the department, died Sunday night, St. Louis police said.

Police said Bohannon was shot in the head and another officer was shot in the leg Saturday evening when responding to a call near Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis.

Four people were shot early Sunday morning at the 9ine Ultra Lounge at 4800 Noland Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

The club made headlines in January when two people were shot and killed and 15 others injured there the night of the Kansas City Chiefs' victory in the AFC Championship Game.

When all desks in schools in St. Louis will again fill with children is still anybody’s guess.

Remember March? The start of the pandemic, and we didn't know a lot about the spread of what we still called "the novel coronavirus." So we played it safe. Grocery stores stopped putting items in reusable bags from home. Coffee shops went disposable-only, no longer filling favorite mugs. All restaurant food turned into carryout, introducing us to an elaborate ritual of unloading special meals from packages within packages within doubled up plastic bags.

Updated at 8:50 a.m. Aug. 30

St. Louis police took a man accused of shooting two police officers in south St. Louis into custody, about 12 hours after the standoff started.

The man was taken into custody about 5:35 a.m. Sunday, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.

The shooting happened in the South Grand neighborhood in the 3700 block of Hartford Street around 5:45 p.m. The area is near Tower Grove Park.

Former south St. Louis Alderman Larry Arnowitz was sentenced Friday to one year in prison, followed by six months of home confinement, for using campaign donations for personal expenses.

Arnowitz admitted Friday that in February 2019, he used his campaign fund to make payments on his house in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood. The crime became a federal offense because Arnowitz mailed the check to the mortgage company. Prosecutors said he also used campaign contributions for personal expenses on other occasions.

SSM Health has opened an urgent care center focused on treating people with mental health problems.

The clinic inside SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, which opened this week, will treat acute mental health and addiction issues and refer patients to local therapists and psychiatrists for an appointment within days.

Updated Sept. 1 with committee hearing

A committee of the St. Louis County Council has backed calls by an independent advisory board for an outside investigation into accusations of mismanagement and other problems at the county jail.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:16: The possible consequences of Johnson County school districts beginning the fall semester in person.

Health officials have recommended that schools not have students in classrooms this fall. But even as the number of new known cases shows no decline, some residents are arguing for their children to attend their brick-and-mortar schools.

Aaron Kleidon kneels to stoke a campfire under a massive copper kettle, as hundreds of gallons of molasses-colored brew churn and bubble inside.

He shakes a few handfuls of dried sweet clover into a cotton sack, which will steep in the beer and infuse it with a subtle vanilla flavor.

LENEXA, Kansas — One lab has helped seven Kansas universities test tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 for the fall semester. And all anyone needed to do was spit.

Saliva lab work has the potential to dramatically increase testing of asymptomatic Kansans with no known COVID-19 exposure, state health officials say. That’s a critical ingredient for stopping the pandemic.

HUMBOLDT, Kansas — It might not be growing in population, but Humboldt in Allen County is one Kansas town that has defied the odds in other ways.

Drive around town and there is a coffee shop, a frame shop, a working 19th-century cabinet shop that makes high-end furniture, a shaved ice shop, a candy shop and four restaurants. As 2020 dawned, a family restaurant with a microbrewery and a new grocery store was in the offing, along with more building and construction, more businesses coming to town.

Missouri-Grown Hops Could Flavor Craft Beer

Aug 28, 2020

ST. JAMES — While small, craft breweries pride themselves on being hyper local and producing high-quality beers, there is an essential ingredient — hops — they can’t get locally.

That could soon change.

Hops are a flower used in beer making, with different quantities of different varieties shaping the flavor and aroma. They grow best in arid climates with short days. The long days and high humidity of the Midwest make it difficult to grow them in Missouri.

Fact Check: Trump's RNC Speech

Aug 27, 2020


Come October, parking tickets in Kansas City won’t land residents in municipal court.

The Kansas City Council voted 10 to 2 to create an administrative court to handle parking tickets and non-moving violations instead of criminal court.

Mayor Quinton Lucas, who introduced the ordinance along with Councilwoman Andrea Bough, said people who can’t afford to pay the fines and fail to appear in court also tend to receive arrest warrants for the violations.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how most retail businesses in the St. Louis region operate.

Businesses face limits on how many people can be inside their buildings. And stores across the region are adapting to mask mandates, social distancing measures and sanitizing routines.

A 17-year-old female who was fired as a Boy Scout staff member after just 12 days is suing the Kansas City chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, saying she experienced rampant sexual harassment and discrimination.

The lawsuit against the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, includes graphic descriptions of Boy Scout staff members engaged in drunken party activities, describing the size of their penises and barging in on women as they changed their clothes at Boy Scout camp.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid knew his players had already been talking about Sunday's police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The officer shot Blake seven times in the back in front of his children, paralyzing the 29-year-old from the waist down.

“One of the great advantages I’ve got here is I’ve got a great locker room that communicates, so I’m able to talk to the guys and get a feel with the guys.”

Reid also tweeted about the racial injustice roiling the nation and the need for understanding.