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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

St. Charles County confronts the pluses, minuses of its rapid growth

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St. Charles County’s population skyrocketed from 90,000 in 1970 to almost 400,000 today — a pace unmatched anywhere else in the state. It also has the second-largest bloc of GOP voters in the state and attracts lots of businesses. PIN sources shared their insight life is like in St. Charles County.

Despite calls for expulsion, Chappelle-Nadal may stay in the Missouri Senate after all

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Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has faced a bipartisan call for her removal from office after the University City Democrat posted on Facebook that she wished for President Donald Trump’s assassination. But many of the residents in her district who responded to a Public Insight Network query said that while they don’t support what the senator wrote, they don’t want her removed from office.

Harvey’s wrath extends all the way to Minnesota

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We sent a query out to a wide Minnesota audience asking how Hurricane Harvey has affected them and their loved ones. In response we heard from a Minnesotan woman who was stuck there after traveling to Texas on vacation and a woman who was waiting for h…

What to expect from the rare solar eclipse

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Ahead of the solar eclipse, which passed right over the St. Louis region on Aug. 21, 2017, we asked PIN sources to share their plans, questions and concerns. Their responses helped shape this report.