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Lara Hamdan

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Past articles by Lara:

St. Louis Voter Guide: What to know about the 2022 midterm primary elections

Inform your vote with this Missouri 2022 midterm primary election guide. Contests include U.S. Senate primaries, Bush vs. Roberts in Missouri's 1st Congressional District, Page vs. Dueker for St. Louis County executive and other state and local contests. → Read More

Rapper Murphy Lee has a new distribution plan: He wants you to text him

The Grammy Award-winning rapper, known for “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” sprinkles nuggets of wisdom throughout his new album. → Read More

Sk8 Liborius was an underground draw for a decade. Now St. Louis' skate church is going legit

SK8 Liborius is an abandoned Catholic church turned skater haven. Now it’s launching a fundraiser to start a youth workforce development and arts program to help the teens who come to skate. → Read More

Pocketparks aims to beautify St. Louis, one vacant lot at a time

A new nonprofit is doing big things in small spaces. Pocketparks’ founder explains how, and why, she’s taking vacant lots in St. Louis and transforming them into community spaces. → Read More

A St. Louis man went viral looking for love — and may have found it

Colin O'Brien's quest for a date made him an internet sensation this summer. And now, he has some news. → Read More

What the new 'first responder' status means for 911 dispatchers in St. Louis County

A dispatcher explains how the new county law will help 911 dispatchers to lobby for better pay, benefits, training, mental health services and more. → Read More

Teens seeking abortions in Illinois won’t need parental notification in 2022

Illinois lawmakers recently passed the Youth Health and Safety Act — a bill that will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Now it heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk for final approval. → Read More

For ‘Bat Week,’ conservation efforts at Shaw Nature Reserve take center stage

The Missouri Botanical Garden has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track and research bats in the region since 2017. → Read More

Quincy will give people $3,500 to move to the Gem City

Quincy Mayor Mike Troup wants 5,000 new residents in the Gem City by 2030. → Read More

Pete Souza reflects on presidential photography career ahead of Hall of Fame induction

Pete Souza documented all eight years of President Obama’s presidency as the official White House photographer. He later used those photos to criticize the Trump administration. → Read More

T-Rex’s GeoSeed Grant Program awards $20,000 to 5 geospatial intelligence initiatives

Developed by Lindenwood University and the St. Louis Zoo, the GeoZoo curriculum received a grant. → Read More

Why do affluent St. Louis areas host more wildlife? Blame the 'luxury effect'

A recent study in the Global Change Biology journal highlights the correlation between neighborhood income levels and how many species one might see in those areas. → Read More

Missouri Has Entered ‘Demographic Winter,’ With More People Dying Than Being Born

More people are dying than being born in Missouri — what experts refer to as a “demographic winter.” St. Louis University professor Ness Sandoval explains where we are and what it will take to reverse course. → Read More

Laclede's Landing Concert Series Brings New Life To St. Louis Riverfront

Drew Jameson relaunched Jamo Presents’ concert series this month on Laclede's Landing along the St. Louis riverfront. He discusses what it has to offer and how it’s part of a larger effort to revitalize downtown on “St. Louis on the Air.” → Read More

How STL Juntos Helped Latinos Lead Missouri In Vaccinations

STL Juntos helped drive up COVID-19 vaccination rates in Missouri’s Hispanic and Latino community. Two members discuss how the volunteer-based organization jumped to serve St. Louis’ Spanish-speaking community on "St. Louis on the Air." → Read More

How The Urban League Chips Away At Vaccine Hesitancy, One Shot At A Time

Long after the National Guard closed its mass vaccination clinic at the Dome, the Urban League continues to administer shots daily in underserved areas of St. Louis. James Clark, vice president of public safety and community response, discusses how that work is going. → Read More

1940s Japanese Internment Inspires Museum Show, SLSO Performance

Check out two local opportunities to learn about the era of Japanese internment camps: "Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II" exhibit at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, and a multimedia performance of "Improvisations on EO9066" by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 17. → Read More

How Modern Widows Club Is Helping New Widows During The Pandemic

The Modern Widows Club has grown to 37 chapters across the U.S., with more than 1,000 members who lost a partner far too young. We discuss how the local chapter is helping its newest members. → Read More

Wash U Biologist Explains How Lizards Evolved For Specialized Life In Trees

Washington University biologist Aryeh Miller analyzed data from 2,600 lizard species to find if lizards with toepads had an evolutionary advantage for life in the trees relative to their padless counterparts. → Read More

Indie-Rock Band Choir Vandals Is Ready To Mix Things Up

Since forming the indie-rock band in 2013, it's become their longest running gig yet. → Read More