Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have changed the college landscape and have provided a significant return on investment. Our country cannot reach its goals without strong, viable, sustainable HBCUs – goals necessary to close the education gap, health, wealth and economic…

The economy has come roaring back. Or has it? Unemployment rates are again hovering at record lows, 3.8% in the St. Louis region. Wages are even inching up. That is all good news for working men and women. But don’t mistake the jobs report for a sign that our regional work is done. This is n…

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As a lifelong student of history, I believe that past is prologue and I tend to rely on history to help inform my decisions in public life. I often paraphrase George Santayana, who is credited with having said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Life was good. Langford Cunningham thought he had it all figured out—a meaningful career as a deputy juvenile officer at St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center, a beautiful home, nice cars, attractive women vying for his attention, and weekly nightlife adventures out on the town.

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    The Office of Student Support Services is pleased to announce that Alana Parks has joined St. Louis Public Schools as the new director of family and community engagement. Parks brings a versatile background from corporate environments, non-profit agencies and education.  Parks, a St. Louis n…

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      Patrick Smith, Sr. has been named vice president of economic, community and business development at American Missouri. Smith has been with Ameren for 36 years in progressively responsible leadership roles and became an officer of the company in 2016.  Smith, a native of East St. Louis, holds…

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        A student at Confluence Academy is searched before being arrested after a fight broke out in the cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2021. The fight started with a group of girls, then boys joined in. Tables and chairs were thrown. No one was reported to be seriously hurt. 

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        For married pastors Ken and Beverly Jenkins, the road to rehab winds past streets once aflame with rage following the police slaying of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, past a thrift shop and chicken joints. 

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        I had not planned to have a policy conversation when I boarded my connecting flight from Detroit to DC. But the young white woman, totally professionally dressed, seemed to want my ear. She was coming to Washington to do “advocacy,” she said, around workplace flexibility and “reimagining wor…