What happens when the nonprofit radio station you run begins hemorrhaging donors and listeners and, through a series of your own actions, loses the faith of the community it purports to serve? If that station is KDHX, it would appear that you get a raise. According to the station’s tax return signed by Executive Director Kelly Wells and dated March 14, Wells was paid more than $100,000 in reportable compensation last year, even as the station’s revenue  sharply declined.

Prosecutors have elevated the charges against a 25-year-old man accused of assaulting a teenage McDonald’s employee outside the restaurant.  Johnny Ricks, from north St. Louis County, now faces a first-degree felony assault charge, the closest charge to attempted murder permitted under Missouri law. An updated complaint filed yesterday by prosecutors in St. Louis County contains the amended allegations.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein is slated to speak at the University City Public Library on Saturday. She will speak alongside other academic and activist organizations on topics ranging from mass incarceration to factory farms in St. Louis. Stein has previously been slammed by members of the Democratic Party, who accused her of taking votes away from Hillary Clinton in 2016.

This story was first published in the Daily Egyptian of Southern Illinois University and is reprinted with permission. Southern Illinois University tenure professor Scott McClurg died April 13 after a long struggle with brain cancer.

For Nick Rinella, CEO of Missouri-based Hippos Cannabis, Saturday’s 4/20 Day was the best of the times and the worst of times. The best: Customers lined up at Hippos’ three dispensaries in Missouri, which includes locations in Chesterfield, Springfield and Columbia. “A lot of customers showed up,” Rinella says.

After an extensive six-month search that identified three well-qualified finalists, Kate Bergstrom was selected to join the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as the eighth Augustin Family Artistic Director in the company’s 58-year run. Officially starting in the role on May 13, Bergstrom is already busy moving to the city and becoming familiar with the staff and region. St. Louis theatergoers may already be familiar with Bergstrom, who directed well-received productions of The 39 Steps in 2021 and 2023’s crowd-pleasing holiday production It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey launched an investigation into four companies Wednesday as part of an effort to crack down on intoxicating hemp products. The problem, according to Bailey, is the products in question — such as Delta-8 edibles and vape pens — are not clearly labeled to indicate that they’ll get you high. “When purchasing products, Missourians have a right to know if they will be subject to serious and potentially dangerous side effects,” Bailey stated in his press release, “like psychotic episodes, severe confusion, hallucinations and other life-threatening problems.” 

A new market, deli and cafe called the Cobblestone will open soon at 701 North First Street on Laclede’s Landing. The business is owned and managed by Camille Jackson and Christopher McMenomy, who say they are on track for late April. All the cafe equipment is in place on the first floor, and some final tweaks are happening down below, where the market and deli will be.

Annie’s Hope offers a free summer camp for children in the St. Louis area, but it’s probably not what you think.  While this camp does offer the fun activities associated with the concept — including crafts, canoeing and kickball — its purpose is greater, and every camper has one thing in common: Someone they love is dead. Camp Courage is an annual getaway for grieving kids and teens ages 6-18.

The opening arguments in the murder trial for accused cop killer Thomas Kinworthy began today, with both prosecution and defense agreeing that Kinworthy killed St. Louis police officer Tamarris Bohannon. “I’m going to tell you something the defense doesn’t normally say in an opening statement,” said Kinworthy’s public defender, Anne Legomsky. “We admit it.

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