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Normandy Middle School students upset over lowered expectations

In their continuing struggle to raise test scores and regain accreditation, leaders of the Normandy school district have stressed a positive message: high expectations, strict standards, no excuses. But students at the often-troubled Normandy Middle School have learned a different lesson.
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St. Louis on the Air

Historian will retrace late grandfather’s journey during World War II

"St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talked to Lou Baczewski about the trip he plans to take in mid-June.

We Live Here

Graphic: How do Missouri's public defenders stack up?

If you’re too poor to afford your own lawyer, you may be assigned an attorney who is managing more than 100 cases. Is that worse than elsewhere?

Development

A major closure off the Poplar Street Bridge will affect downtown traffic.
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MoDOT urges drivers to prepare for another Poplar Street Bridge closure

Some drivers headed into downtown St. Louis are in for a complicated route beginning this weekend. The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing the westbound Poplar Street Bridge ramp leading to Interstate 55/44 south for a month, starting Thursday night.
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Praise and disappointment for Ferguson Mayor Knowles as recall effort moves forward

Many gathered to speak for and against Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III at Tuesday night's Ferguson City Council meeting. Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that a petition to recall the mayor would be turned into the city clerk and presented to the council at the meeting. However, the petition was never filed.
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Leo Drey
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In 1929, Luther Ely Smith, whom the National Park Service calls “the father of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial,” convened a group of civic worthies for lunch at the old Noonday Club downtown. Later on, a fellow named Leo Drey joined the group. Mr. Drey, who died Wednesday at the age of 98, would become a stalwart member of the group, and one of his most dynamic leaders.

Richardson meets the press on Thursday after being tabbed to be the next speaker of the Missouri House.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

New Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson has assembled what he calls “a working group" of legislators and House staff to come up with changes in the chamber’s student intern program.

The six legislators on the panel – two Democrats and four Republicans – include state Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves. Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, is seeking the changes as a result of a scandal this spring that prompted then-House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, to resign over sexual text messages he was exchanging with a college-age intern.

Artist rendering of the new Fulton State Hospital, set to be completed by December 2017.
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Construction on a new state mental hospital in Fulton is now officially underway, following Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony on the hospital's campus.

Martin Duggan
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Martin Duggan became the leader of Donnybrook, one of the most popular locally produced programs in the nation when, after 45 years, his job at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat disappeared.

“I was 62, at the peak of my career, and some people thought I’d be the next publisher,” Mr. Duggan told St. Louis Magazine in 2009. “Then the paper was sold out from under us.”

Catharine Hanaway
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Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, a Republican running for governor, appears to be consolidating her support among the region’s top GOP donors as she prepares for a major fundraising event next month.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is to be the major speaker at the event, to be held June 18 at Hunter Farms, the legendary west St. Louis County estate owned by former U.S. Ambassador Stephen Brauer (chairman of Hunter Engineering) and his wife, Kimmy Brauer. The estate has been the locale of many major GOP fundraising events for decades.

Police cars park outside of the Bel-Ridge Municipal Complex, which includes spaces for Village Hall, its municipal court, and the police department.  11/8/14, Durrie Bouscaren
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A voluntary effort to reform the municipal courts in St. Louis County is getting a financial boost from the MacArthur Foundation.

A group that includes researchers from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and officials from local municipal courts, the St. Louis County police, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office, and state court administrators has received $150,000 to get a better understanding of who is coming into the municipal court system in St. Louis and why they are ending up in jail. The funds will also help the group refine programs to reduce that number.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar at a press conference Thursday, Sept.4
File photo by Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger plans to renew his push to allow unincorporated St. Louis County residents to vote on a sales tax increase for the St. Louis County Police Department. State legislation is needed to authorize such an election for the department that patrols unincorporated parts of St. Louis County, including large portions of the northern and southern parts of the county. 

St. Louis Public Radio's Washington, D.C. reporter Jim Howard joined host Don Marsh to discuss what has and has not been accomplished during the congressional session thus far. Currently, Congress is in recess.

Issues Howard discussed include:

Mayor Francis Slay signs the bill authorizing a vote on new capital-improvement bonds.
Provided by the mayor's office.

After nearly 14 months of political gridlock, a $180 million bond issue is on its way to St. Louis voter in an August election.

The Board of Aldermen approved, and Mayor Francis Slay signed the authorizing bill Tuesday. The bonds would help pay for major capital needs like road and bridge projects, new equipment for the fire department and upgrades to the security system at one of the city's two jails. 

Rep. Bill Otto, D-Maryland Heights, has been elected to two terms in the Missouri House.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

State Rep. Bill Otto, a Democrat from Maryland Heights, has announced that he’s prepared to challenge U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner for Congress in 2016.

Wagner, R-Ballwin, is former head of the Missouri Republican Party and already has begun moving up the congressional House leadership. But Otto contended in Tuesday’s announcement that she’s also among the “elitists’’ who are ignoring the average voters in favor of powerful special interests.

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