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How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene

t’s almost impossible to think of my childhood in 1980s Dublin and not to think about Elsie. Elsie, my great aunt, was hilarious, caring, kind hearted, and good natured. But there was a strange, childlike innocence about her.

She was, I would later figure out, institutionalised by a totalitarian regime that had corruption and cruelty built into its DNA.

When we normally think of the Magdalene laundry scandals, the era most of us tend to associate it with is the Catholic theocracy of the 1950s. Black and white photos of women with scowls on their faces and nuns in white robes. It’s something we recognise from films. But not something we associate with modern Ireland.

As recently as the 1980s and 1990s, though, I remember witnessing at first hand, this world, where fervent religiosity melded with an invisible, and profitable economy. Elsie lived, and worked, in one of those infamous convent homes.

http://littleatoms.com/penance-industry

Cori Bush Upsets Lacy Clay In Congressional Democratic Primary

Missouri’s 1st Congressional District will have a new Democratic candidate for the first time in more than 20 years, after Cori Bush defeated longtime Rep. Lacy Clay in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.

“Tonight, Missouri’s 1st has decided that an incremental approach isn’t going to work any longer,” Bush, of Florissant, said at a celebration of her victory Tuesday night. “We decided that we the people, we have the answers and we will lead from the front lines.”

Bush, 44, ran on a progressive agenda saying Clay, of University City, had been in office too long and hadn’t done enough for the residents of the district. She defeated Clay by about 4,600 votes.

Bush is favored to win in November since the 1st District is mainly Democratic. If elected, she would become the state's first Black woman in Congress.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2020-08-04/cori-bush-upsets-lacy-clay-in-congressional-democratic-primary?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium

Galloway wins Democratic nomination for Missouri governor's race

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Latest on the Missouri primary election (all times local):

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has won the Democratic nomination for Missouri governor.

Galloway, 38, faced four other Democrats with little statewide name recognition. She was the only Democratic gubernatorial candidate currently in statewide office and the only candidate to have won a statewide campaign previously.

Galloway is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who served as lieutenant governor until taking over in 2018 when former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in scandal.

https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/politics/galloway-wins-democratic-nomination-for-missouri-governors-race/63-d3fd98ac-3cc3-4419-9507-1d5f175744ba

'Election Insiders' Goes Behind The Scenes With St. Louis County Elections Board



From hanging-chad jokes to complaints about absentee ballots, election workers have heard it all. But there’s one question Gloria Shur Bilchik says they dislike the most: “What do you do the other 364 days of the year?”

Bilchik’s new book answers that question with eye-opening detail. And, in the final chapter, the Creve Coeur resident explains what they do on Election Day, too.

“Election Insiders: Behind the Scenes With the People Who Make Your Vote Count” is the result of the 18 months Bilchik spent observing the St. Louis County Board of Elections. It is her first book, and in it, she presents St. Louis County as a microcosm of the challenges faced by election boards across the country.

Those challenges are especially acute this year, as the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air/2020-08-03/tuesday-election-insiders-goes-behind-the-scenes-with-st-louis-county-elections-board?

'Election Insiders' Goes Behind The Scenes With St. Louis County Elections Board

From hanging-chad jokes to complaints about absentee ballots, election workers have heard it all. But there’s one question Gloria Shur Bilchik says they dislike the most: “What do you do the other 364 days of the year?”

Bilchik’s new book answers that question with eye-opening detail. And, in the final chapter, the Creve Coeur resident explains what they do on Election Day, too.

“Election Insiders: Behind the Scenes With the People Who Make Your Vote Count” is the result of the 18 months Bilchik spent observing the St. Louis County Board of Elections. It is her first book, and in it, she presents St. Louis County as a microcosm of the challenges faced by election boards across the country.

Those challenges are especially acute this year, as the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air/2020-08-03/tuesday-election-insiders-goes-behind-the-scenes-with-st-louis-county-elections-board?

Maritz lays off hundreds in wake of coronavirus, but former employees say problems have been brewing

FENTON — Against a backdrop of bare, finished wood, a somber Steve Maritz had bad news to share with his thousands of employees.

“I thought I’d seen a lot in my years, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Maritz said in a video recorded in early April, as the scale and severity of the coronavirus crisis began coming into focus.

“Furloughs work like this: if you don’t have work, you’re going to get furloughed,” Maritz said in the five-minute video obtained by the Post-Dispatch. “For those continuing to work, we’re all going to get a 20% pay cut. I’m taking a 100% pay cut.”

“I know this is tough medicine and I really hate to do it,” he said, pausing with a sigh. “But I think it’s what we need to do, I believe it’s what we need to do to survive and get through to the other side, where opportunity awaits.”

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/maritz-lays-off-hundreds-in-wake-of-coronavirus-but-former-employees-say-problems-have-been/article_534820ac-ba94-5789-83c7-158cd58fe71c.html

New life in Old Town Florissant: a bakery, pizzeria and brewery take form amid a pandemic

FLORISSANT — A few new businesses cropping up in Old Town Florissant are defying the often-bleak picture painted of north St. Louis County, and they’re doing it amid a pandemic that’s keeping people home.

A craft bakery is set to open for to-go orders in the coming weeks. A wood-fired pizza place began carryout in June. And a brewery making its beer in the basement of a mainstay Italian restaurant is readying to open its own tap room sometime next year.

Florissant has struggled to keep some of its larger retailers. While the population of the county’s biggest city has stabilized, it was hit by a wave of brick-and-mortar closings in recent years, including Lowe’s, Pier 1, Kmart and Shop ‘n Save. And in scenes reminiscent of its neighbor Ferguson, Florissant has been a major target of protests this summer after one of its officers was caught on camera striking a Black man with a police vehicle. The officer has been fired.

But the owners of these three Old Town businesses all live in Florissant. Some grew up here. And they are investing in the town they love even as the coronavirus decimates shops and restaurants here and everywhere.

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-life-in-old-town-florissant-a-bakery-pizzeria-and-brewery-take-form-amid-a/article_f7b84863-9ad5-5809-ad82-60fb1df5a03f.html

To Expand Or Not To Expand Medicaid: Missouri Voters To Decide In August

After years of debating whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri, voters will finally get the chance to decide in the August primary election.

Currently, the government-funded health insurance program for low-income Missourians and those with disabilities takes up roughly one-third of the state’s $35 billion budget. Supporters of expansion say there are still significant gaps in coverage.

Missouri has some of the strictest eligibility requirements in the country, said Traci Gleason, with the Missouri Budget Project, an organization that analyzes state finances.

“If you’re not a custodial parent, and you’re not a senior or disabled, you cannot access Medicaid,” Gleason said. “The small sliver of adults that we cover, those custodial parents, we cover at the lowest eligibility level allowed by federal law.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/expand-or-not-expand-medicaid-missouri-voters-decide-august

Illinois Dedicates Marijuana Tax Dollars To Underserved Areas

Illinois will distribute $31.5 million in grants over the next year to local nonprofits, faith- or community-based organizations and governmental bodies to address issues in historically underserved parts of the state.

The money for these grants comes from 25% of the tax revenue the state collects from recreational marijuana sales.

It’s part of Illinois’ Restore, Reinvest and Renew program, known as R3, which aims to fund local projects around civil legal aid, economic development, re-entry from prison, violence prevention and youth development.

This initial funding is one of the first indications of how Illinois plans to help address longstanding issues in underserved communities, which was key to the success of passing cannabis legalization.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-dedicates-marijuana-tax-dollars-underserved-areas

Tens Of Thousands Of Missourians Lose Health Insurance After Coronavirus Job Losses

The number of people without health insurance has grown by an estimated 100,000 in Missouri and 186,000 in Illinois since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the nonprofit Families USA.

Coronavirus-related job losses have meant families are living without health care during a time they need it most, the researchers said. Many fearing high hospital bills are forgoing medical care and putting their lives at risk, doctors said.

“Many, many people, millions of people, have lost their job, said Rachel Garfield, co-director of the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “And for many Americans, health insurance is tied to their employment.”

An estimated 613,000 adults are now without health insurance in Missouri, according to Families USA.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tens-thousands-missourians-lose-health-insurance-after-coronavirus-job-losses
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