It's been twenty years since the Unicorn Theatre staged the play "Beirut," a dark love story set in a future America where people are quarantined for a sexually transmitted disease. Though it sounds like science-fiction, the drama's plague was meant to imply AIDS.
Kansas City, MO – In 1990, AIDS was relatively new to Kansas City, and accompanied by rampant fear and misinformation. The downtown theater space The Living Room is reviving the play, aware that AIDS is much better understood but, for many, no less provocative.
St. Louis, MO – One question that Democrats in Missouri are asking themselves today -- how did U-S Senate candidate Robin Carnahan lose so badly to Republican Roy Blunt Tuesday? St. Louis Public Radio's Bill Raack reports.
Blunt beat Carnahan by 14 points in the race to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond. University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Robertson says Carnahan's loss may have been due largely to her family.
Jefferson City, MO – The Republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly has grown larger, particularly in the (Missouri) House. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports.
Republicans picked up 17 seats in the State House, beating ten incumbents and winning seven open seats held by departing Democrats. That means they'll now hold 106 seats to the Democrats' 57. The new GOP caucus has also elected new leaders, choosing Steven Tilley of Perryville as the next Speaker of the House.
St. Louis, MO – At least one political expert says Missouri can no longer be called a bellwether state. University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor David Robertson says Missouri is now a swing state that's trending Republican.