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Jo Mannies, a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall and the second woman sportswriter in the newspaper’s history. She also spent four years in its Washington bureau. Follow this daughter of a high school basketball coach, mother of two lawyers and avid gardner on Twitter at @jmannies.