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Talk of the Town – The Innovative Technology Fund and Circus Harmony

ITEF is a St. Louis, Missouri based, charitable, nonprofit, private 501(c) (3) foundation that supports innovation in education by funding advanced technology in the classrooms of public, private, parochial and charter schools in the greater St. Louis area. Though most people are unaware of ITEF, the fund has provided millions of dollars of grants to area schools during the past ... Read More »

BIG 3: Suicide Bombing, STL Women’s March & Rare ‘Blood Super Moon’

1. The Defense Department on Friday identified one of the four members of the military killed in a suicide bombing in Syria this week was from St. Louis. DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, a Des Smet grad and a former US Navy SEAL, was an intelligence expert in Syria with the troops hoping to collect information about ... Read More »

Backstage Podcast: Cody Johnson

Bud and Broadway spent some time with Cody Johnson to talk about his new music, growing up in Texas and playing LIVE concerts. Read More »

LISTEN: Get Happy

Each and every Friday we like to Get Happy, so we ask who are ya…where are ya…and why are you happy? Read More »

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  • Oxfam says world wealth gap widening, advocates fairer taxes

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Wealth inequality around the world is “out of control” and doing particular harm to women, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Oxfam, which has for years been trying to bring attention to the issue ahead of the World Economic Forum, ...
  • The Latest: Gostkowski’s FG gives Pats 17-7 lead over Chiefs

    The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST): 8:40 p.m. Stephen Gostkowski has given the New England Patriots a 17-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs with just over a quarter left in the AFC championship game. The Patriots held the Chiefs deep in their own territory to get the ball back midway through the third quarter. And ...
  • Adam Long wins Desert Classic for first PGA Tour title

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Adam Long bounced around golf’s backwoods for years, winning only a lone Hooters Tour event. Now, he’s headed to the Masters as a PGA Tour winner. Long won the Desert Classic on Sunday at PGA West, beating Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by a stroke with a 14-foot birdie putt on the ...
  • Survey: Workers trust their employer over other institutions

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — With trust in governments taking a hit since the global financial crisis, people around the world view their employer as the most trusted institution in their lives, according to a survey published Monday. In a survey of trust in institutions that public relations firm Edelman releases each year on the eve of the World Economic Forum ...
  • In rare move, Israel confirms attacking Iran forces in Syria

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in the wake of the airport raid. “We ...
  • Ice glazes over swath of US as wind chills fall below zero

    BOSTON (AP) — Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the coldest temperatures felt so far this season started to set ...
  • Death toll reaches 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

    TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. “It was the popular tap,” said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. “You could pass ...
  • Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort by the government in Manila ...
  • Hedi Slimane unveils debut menswear show for Celine in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Passers-by gathered outside the giant glass windows of Celine’s traffic-stopping show venue Sunday night: erected in Paris’ sparkling Place de la Concorde, which is also used as a traffic circle. Designer Hedi Slimane’s debut menswear effort for Celine — the most highly anticipated show of the season — also drew the stars inside, including Courtney Love. All ...
  • Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

    DALLAS (AP) — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children’s hospital. Timberlake took a break from his “Man of the Woods” tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. A video of the kids was widely shared all ...
  • George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis, Eric Clapton

    Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray eventually took all that rage ...
  • Pope puts Sistine choir under aide’s eye after scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal. The Vatican said Saturday that the all-male ensemble, believed to be the world’s oldest choir, is now being led by Monsignor Guido Marini, who assists Francis during church ceremonies. Francis named another monsignor, Guido Pozzo, to handle the ...
  • R. Kelly

    Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have held ...
  • Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York. The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month. A pair of tickets per performance can be reserved in advance by telephone or in person at the ...
  • Peter Farrelly

    ‘Green Book’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” ”A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get ...
  • George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis, Eric Clapton

    Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray eventually took all that rage ...
  • Michael Cohen

    The Latest: Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress (all times local): 7:50 p.m. The special counsel’s office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of a news report saying that President Donald Trump told his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The statement by ...
  • R. Kelly

    Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have held ...
  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday. The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves’ disease in the past few days. Treatment is necessary and will include “significant time” in the ...
  • Gladys Knight

    Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at the Super Bowl

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta. The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include “Midnight Train ...
  • Bob Costas

    Bob Costas exits longtime home at NBC Sports

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network’s sports division altogether. NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Sandy Montag, Costas’ manager, said it was handled smoothly. “Everything in this transition was planned and done (by) mutual agreement,” ...
  • M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is No. 1 with $40.6M debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — M. Night Shyamalan scored his fifth No. 1 movie as the director’s “Glass,” while not quite the blockbuster some expected, nevertheless dominated Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office with $40.6 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal Pictures predicted that “Glass” will make about $47 million over the four-day ...
  • Former CIA officer portrayed in ‘Argo’ film dead at 78

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film “Argo,” has died. He was 78. A family statement and his literary agent confirmed that Antonio “Tony” Mendez died Saturday at an assisted-living center in Frederick, Maryland. He had suffered from ...
  • ‘Rambo,’ ‘Total Recall’ producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Andy Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several “Rambo” movies with Sylvester Stallone, “Total Recall” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna’s “Evita,” has died. He was 74. Vajna, who produced many other films, died Sunday at his Budapest home after a long illness, Hungary’s National Film Fund said. Schwarzenegger remembered Vajna as “a dear friend ...
  • Peter Farrelly

    ‘Green Book’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” ”A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get ...
  • George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis, Eric Clapton

    Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray eventually took all that rage ...
  • E'Dena Hines, Morgan Freeman

    Man sentenced in fatal stabbing of Morgan Freeman relative

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter in New York City. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Lamar Davenport stabbed his girlfriend E’Dena Hines multiple times while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in August 2015. Davenport issued an apology during his sentencing hearing Thursday, and ...
  • Cardi B

    Grammys performers: Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae

    NEW YORK (AP) — Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will perform at next month’s Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Dan + Shay will also hit the stage at the Feb. 10 event. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center ...
  • Hedi Slimane unveils debut menswear show for Celine in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Passers-by gathered outside the giant glass windows of Celine’s traffic-stopping show venue Sunday night: erected in Paris’ sparkling Place de la Concorde, which is also used as a traffic circle. Designer Hedi Slimane’s debut menswear effort for Celine — the most highly anticipated show of the season — also drew the stars inside, including Courtney Love. All ...
  • Man City, Spurs win in contrasting ways in Premier League

    The fierce pace set by Liverpool at the Premier League summit is putting severe pressure on its only two genuine title rivals, Manchester City and Tottenham. They both won on Sunday — but in contrasting ways. While City ultimately sauntered to a 3-0 win at Huddersfield, Tottenham needed a goal by Harry Winks in the third and final minute of ...
  • LeBron, pickle juice help Tiafoe reach Australian Open QFs

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe just kept shaking his head and calling the whole thing “crazy” and “unbelievable.” Which it all kind of is. That he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal on his 21st birthday by beating No. 20 seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (1), 7-5 at the Australian Open on Sunday. That he did it ...
  • The Latest: Stephens loses to Pavlyuchenkova in 4th round

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open (all times local): 1:55 a.m. Sloane Stephens’ best Australian Open in five years has ended with a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 loss to unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round that lasted 2½ hours and finished at nearly 2 a.m. The fifth-seeded Stephens was the 2017 U.S. Open ...
  • Peter Farrelly

    ‘Green Book’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” ”A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get ...
  • Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

    DALLAS (AP) — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children’s hospital. Timberlake took a break from his “Man of the Woods” tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. A video of the kids was widely shared all ...
  • R. Kelly

    Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have held ...