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By James V. Shuls on Jul 19, 2018

As a 19-year old college student studying to be an elementary school teacher, I was given a heavy dose of fear. Not the kind of fear that challenges you to think about whether you have chosen the right career path. Nor the kind that challenges you to rise to the occasion. No.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Jul 02, 2018

Mayors in Kansas City long have complained about a lack of control over the police department. But the truth is more nuanced. While Kansas City mayors thankfully do not have the raw political control that mayors elsewhere do, they are not as powerless over policing as some seem to suggest.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jun 28, 2018

In its own words, the Trump Organization is “the world’s only global luxury real estate super-brand,” with five- and six-star hotels bearing the Trump name in major cities around the globe. These hotels share a core brand philosophy of “Live life without boundaries.”

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By Graham Renz on Jun 12, 2018

University City officials seem far too eager to give away taxpayer dollars to developers who are hardly in need of a handout.

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By James V. Shuls on May 24, 2018

On December 1, 2017, the Missouri State Board of Education went into a closed session and ousted Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Yet that wasn’t the only controversial decision that day.

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By Susan Pendergrass on May 17, 2018

The doors to a better education may have opened wide for all Missouri students this week. Despite a distracted legislative session—and with just three days left—the Missouri legislature voted to give every student access to tuition-free online courses and a virtual schooling program.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Apr 02, 2018

Education funding is a hot topic in several states, with lawsuits alleging that state governments are failing to meet their constitutional duties to provide adequate resources.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Mar 28, 2018

Last month the U.S. Census Bureau found that St. Louis had, once again, shrunk in population over the last year. The Bureau reported that St. Louis’s population in 2017 had dropped to fewer than 309,000 people—over 10,000 fewer St.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 19, 2018

In the 80’s and 90’s, politicians from both parties wanted to be tough on crime. A favored tool was stripping judges of their discretion in favor of mandatory minimum sentences set by the legislature. Unsurprisingly, prison populations have gone up.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 08, 2018

Imagine someone knocking on your door with a business proposal. He and his partners want to build on the vacant lot next to your home. Right now the venture is a guaranteed money-loser, but if you chip in some of your money, the other investors are guaranteed a better return.

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