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The Gateway

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. Music by Ryan McNeely of Adult Fur.

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Friday, February 21, 2020 - BattleHawks Home Opener

The St. Louis BattleHawks of the new XFL play their first home game this weekend. For fans who have been following the team even before it hit the field, it will mark the end of a long wait for the return of professional football in St. Louis.

7mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Monday, September 9, 2019 - Empty Desks

When children are killed by gun violence it can have a ripple effect on the child’s school, from classmates to teachers. Crisis response counselors are sent in and learning can be disrupted as kids respond in different ways. But in neighborhoods where gun violence is the norm, even the youngest students can grow numb to the loss.

8mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 - School Lunch Trends

About 6,000 school nutrition professionals from across the country have spent part of this week in St. Louis sampling food, testing equipment, and sharing best practices for meeting federal nutrition requirements for school cafeteria lunch options.

8mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Friday, August 23, 2019 - Missouri Democrats Seek Political Comeback

Democrats in Missouri have endured three bruising election cycles in a row, resulting in Republican dominance in the state's politics. The party's stalwarts are looking to state Auditor Nicole Galloway to engineer a comeback.

8mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - Phantom of the Chase

For 20 years, Gerry Marian has played the organ before movie showings at the Chase Park Plaza Cinema. He is one of a few people who still hold a job that dates back to the days of silent films. Marian will enter the spotlight this weekend to debut his newly written score for the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera."

9mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Remember the 400

The first African slaves arrived in Virginia 400 years ago this month. The St. Louis chapter of Remember the 400 is headed there to commemorate the historic event. Part of the group's mission is to bridge the racial divide.

8mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Reaches St. Louis City Resident

St. Louis officials are reporting the first case of COVID-19 in the city. Health officials also say a third person in St. Louis County has tested positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. More positive results are also being reported in Illinois as that state holds its primary election. Also, we examine the implications of a question on the 2020 census that has not received much attention.

10mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Fort Leonard Wood Threatened Species

Fort Leonard Wood is huge, and a lot of it is undeveloped natural areas. That means some of Missouri’s threatened species, such as bats, have a safe home among the soldiers. And the Army is working to keep it that way.

9mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - Hayden's Rectangle

St. Louis police increased its presence and focus on crime in an area of north city known as Hayden's Rectangle. Named for Chief John Hayden, the strategy focuses on some of the city's most violent neighborhoods. But, is the approach working 18 months after it was launched?

9mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Monday, July 1, 2019 - CBD Oil Research and Online Physical Education Classes

A group of undergrads at Harris-Stowe State University is studying how CBD, an oil derived from cannabis plants, affects fruit fly development. Also, Missouri is allowing students to take online physical education classes.

8mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — Sharing America Profiles: Team Owner

Women make up just a fraction of professional basketball referees, coaches and owners. A St. Louis woman is doing her best to change that. In our Sharing America profiles series, St. Louis Public Radio’s Andrea Henderson meets Khalia Collier who owns and operates the St. Louis Surge Women’s Basketball Team. Collier uses her role as a means of mentoring youth and advocating for more women coaching and owning pro sports teams and refereeing.

8mins

15 May 2019

Rank #11

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - A Big Blues' Win and Building Stronger Homes

The St. Louis Blues have posted another historic playoff victory. Also, engineering researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla are trying to help protect houses against storms like the recent tornado in Jefferson City.

8mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - Alligator Gar

Missouri's population of alligator gar, a large prehistoric fish, is one of the lowest in the country. Conservationists have been working for more than a decade to raise the numbers, especially since the fish could help consume invasive Asian carp. However, state conservation officials have failed to pass regulations to help protect the species from overfishing.

8mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Monday, April 13, 2020 - Illinois Could Be At A Turning Point in COVID-19 Battle

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says health care experts report the state could be at a peak in the fight against the coronavirus. Also, the pandemic has placed more focus on health disparities in the St. Louis region.

11mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Feral Hogs

Feral hogs are damaging farmland and the Mark Twain National Forest. But attempts to allow hunting in the national forest to control the population are meeting resistance from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

8mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Sweet Corn

The Midwest is tops in field corn production, but it does not stand out when it comes to national production of sweet corn. But for many in the Midwest, nothing says summer quite like a fresh hot ear of sweet corn — plain, buttered or salted.

8mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Friday, September 20, 2019 - The Stéphane Denève Era Begins

Stéphane Denève makes his much-anticipated debut this weekend as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s new musical director. He is a self-described people person, who fell in love with music as a young child in a small town in northern France. We get to know a bit more about the person behind the artistry.

8mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Crestwood Mall

A recent presentation to the Crestwood Board of Alderman is leaving questions about the redevelopment plan for the old Crestwood Mall site. Developer Kent Evans discusses the project and when he hopes work on the property can begin.

8mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Wednesday July 3, 2019 - The City Foundry

The view from I-64 in midtown St. Louis near IKEA is about to drastically change. Work continues on the multi-million dollar City Foundry mixed-use development. Crews are transforming the old Century Electric facility into a destination for food and entertainment.

10mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Friday, July 26, 2019 - The Decline of Kinloch

St. Louisan Alana Marie is exploring local history and her family’s roots in a film project about the city of Kinloch, where her father grew up. Missouri’s oldest incorporated African-American community now has fewer than 300 residents but was once a vibrant and flourishing place.

8mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #20