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Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Kayla:

St. Louis booksellers share their top summer reads

Summer days can present an opportunity to explore fictitious worlds or delve into a gripping historical epic. Here’s what St. Louis booksellers are putting on their summer reading lists. → Read More

Recycling 101: What to toss as alley pickups resume in St. Louis

St. Louis has gone without alleyway recycling for nearly a year, but Mayor Tishaura Jones promises it's coming back this May. → Read More

As St. Louis seeks to evict riverfront camps, residents are clear: They don't want to go

Residents of four St. Louis encampments are now packing up their belongings in anticipation of a May 2 eviction. City officials cite health concerns, but residents question the timing of the city’s notice to vacate. → Read More

Mayor Jones: $150M for north St. Louis is a 'down payment' for future growth

Mayor Tishaura Jones details plans to spend $150 million in north St. Louis and addresses recent setbacks in her aim to reform the city’s criminal justice system. → Read More

How a gay St. Louis pastor triggered a war within the Presbyterian Church in America

For nearly 20 years, Greg Johnson has served as a pastor to the congregation of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, which is part of the Presbyterian Church in America. Last year, the PCA attempted to ban clergy for identifying as gay. → Read More

How the 211 hotline fails homeless people — and leaves volunteers to pick up the slack

Nicole Warrington of St. Louis is just a volunteer with no official position, but she’s gotten 400 calls from social workers at local hospitals in the past year, all seeking help finding places to take the homeless patients they’re discharging. → Read More

St. Louis homeless encampment project hits a dead end

Community resistance has stalled the $900,000 project to establish St. Louis’ first city-funded intentional encampment. → Read More

Wednesday: 3 new restaurants to try this February

Sauce Magazine Executive Editor Meera Nagarajan explains why Peruvian sweets and an agave lounge top this month’s hit list. → Read More

Americans’ anger over politics threatens democracy, Wash U professor finds

Washington University professor Betsy Sinclair is taking stock of political anger in America. → Read More

St. Louis has yet to open a 'safe haven' homeless shelter this winter, despite federal funds

Local providers and organizers are scrambling to keep a pop-up emergency shelter open during freezing temperatures, while they wait on the city to fund one. → Read More

Dr. Alex Garza hopes St. Louis can learn from the military’s COVID response

Dr. Alex Garza is back from Kuwait and jumping into action co-leading the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, during a surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. → Read More

Tuesday: The scoop on 2021’s best new restaurants

Sauce Magazine details how nine new restaurants in 2021 earned rave reviews from its staff. → Read More

As Afghan refugees face a hard landing in St. Louis, nonprofit leaders form Refugee Command Center

The International Institute of St. Louis is changing its resettlement playbook and asking outside nonprofits to help for the first time in recent history. → Read More

Catholic priest abuse survivors use drama therapy techniques to heal old wounds

Six men who were sexually abused by Catholic priests from the Kansas City area tell their stories in Mizzou associate professor Robert Greene’s newest film. → Read More

Missouri Updates HIV Laws Criminalizing Transmission For The First Time In Over 30 Years

Gov. Mike Parson signed a law on Wednesday that reduces the penalty for those convicted of transmitting HIV to another person. Advocates and public health professionals are hopeful the new laws will lead to more people seeking HIV testing and treatment. → Read More

Missouri Families Can Apply For Federal Pandemic Aid To Cover 2020 School Meals

A federal program called P-EBT could help cover hundreds of dollars in groceries for families with children who lost access to meals because they attended class online and not in person during the 2020-21 school year. → Read More

St. Louis-Area Food Banks Expect Surge As Missouri Ends Federal Unemployment Benefits

St. Louis-area food pantries are busy stocking shelves for this summer now that Missourians are receiving smaller unemployment checks. → Read More

City Of St. Louis Is Trying To Fill Over 100 Job Openings After Lifting Hiring Freeze

Mayor Tishaura Jones’ administration is pushing to fill the positions as the vacancies are delaying some city services. → Read More

Why Your Corporate Office Could Start Looking More Like A Coworking Space

As COVID-19 vaccinations increase and mask mandates are lifted, people are returning back to the office, and many bosses are looking toward coworking spaces for ideas. → Read More

FEMA’s Downtown St. Louis COVID-19 Vaccination Site To Close After Memorial Day

The vaccination site at the Dome at America’s Center closes June 1. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until then. → Read More