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State school board to consider accreditation upgrade requests for three St. Louis area districts

Three school districts that have been crowing about their latest state report card after years of struggle could find out soon whether they will be rewarded with an upgrade in their accreditation status. For schools in Jennings and St. Louis, the change would be from provisional accreditation to full accreditation. For Riverview Gardens, which is now one of only two unaccredited districts in the state, a move up to provisional accreditation could get the district out from under the financial...
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Jeanette Mott Oxford
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking: Empower Missouri chief Jeanette Mott Oxford lays out 2016 objectives

St. Louis Public Radio’s political duo of Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomes Jeanette Mott Oxford, head of Empower Missouri, as our guest on the latest edition of the Political Speaking podcast. Oxford is a former Democratic legislator from St. Louis and has been active for more than 25 years in anti-poverty and social-justice organizations. Empower Missouri is the latest moniker for a progressive advocacy group that’s been around since 1901 under various names. Most recently, the organization was known as the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.
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Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis-based non-profit Parents as Teachers is a local organization that makes a national impact by helping prepare parents to be a child’s first teacher from pregnancy up to kindergarten. We’ve recently discussed the importance of access to early childhood education and a question about the organization came up repeatedly.

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis has a long history as a melting pot of different cultures and a new, photo-illustrated book, “Ethnic St. Louis,” is striving to do justice to the various immigrant communities that have made their home here. While many people know the stories of the French and German settlers that helped to create the city from the very beginning, the book delves into lesser-known ethnic groups as well.

City Manager Alvin Parks, Jr. (left), Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks, financial consultant Dawayne Stewart and budget director Egzabia Bennett speaks to reporters Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 in East St. Louis.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

As East St. Louis scrambles to fill an immediate cash shortage and find ways to reduce a projected 2016 deficit of $5.9 million, an independent review of its finances shows that the city may not have collected all its revenue last year.

Overall, the St. Louis firm Brown Smith Wallace found that East St. Louis lacked the records and policies needed to insure it received all the money it was owed in 2014.

Saint Louis University professor Ken Warren oversaw a municipal court poll this fall, where residents in rich and poor communities in the St. Louis region were asked about their experience.
Kameel Stanley / St. Louis Public Radio

A survey of more than 750 people shows big differences in the way residents in the St. Louis area experience municipal courts.

That’s according to a study by researchers at Saint Louis University, who spent the last couple months polling people paying traffic and municipal fines in wealthy and poor communities.

The difficulty of making money while making art will be discussed at a Tuesday night gathering.

Roseann Weiss, the Regional Arts Commission’s community arts manager, is on the panel. She wants to let artists know that local as well as national grant money is available, and encourage them to be diligent about going after the funds.

Courtesy of the Illinois Farm Bureau

Hopefully you got your fill of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. It may be your last until next fall.

Canned pumpkin supplies are expected to run out after the holiday. This year’s yield was down by about half in Illinois, where 90 percent of the crop for canned pumpkin is produced.

Provided | Arch Grants

The St. Louis business incubator founded to attract and keep entrepreneurs in the region seems to be delivering on its premise.

The majority of Arch Grant recipients are staying in St. Louis after the year-long requirement that is a condition of the $50,000 grant.

 John B. Myers House, Florissant

If the afternoon light is just right the house glows golden, and the best view of it, ironically, is when you exit the Innerbelt, I-170, a roadway that once threatened to knock the venerable old building down, onto I-270.

The building is the graceful former home of a 19th century family, perched on a hill in Florissant. It has lived on Missouri Preservation's places in peril list - but seems to be in peril no more.

This sculpture outside St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis was built to honor the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, a collaboration between St. Jude and Washington University in St. Louis.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Almost one in every 10 children with cancer was born with an inherited genetic mutation predisposing them to develop the disease, according to a joint study by Washington University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

The research suggests that genetic screening could provide an important tool for diagnosing cancers earlier and avoiding ineffective treatments.

Inside Dead Wax Records on Cherokee Street
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

There’s good news for local vinyl record stores. Vinyl sales are up 50 percent this past year as we enter the peak shopping season. A number of music store owners say the increase results from a new generation discovering that vinyl offers a widely different audio experience than streaming services.

“It’s nice to be able to have everything on a system or a phone, or an iPad or a computer, but when it comes down to it the really special records are the ones that you have to hold in your hand and you have to listen to them,” said Tim Hendrickson of Dead Wax records on Cherokee.


St. Louis on the Air

Tuesday: What is ‘Curious Louis’ and why should you join in?

On Tuesday’s “St. Louis on the Air,” St. Louis Public Radio’s Engagement Producer Kimberly Springer and Arts and Culture Reporter Nancy Fowler will join host Don Marsh to discuss “Curious Louis."

Curious Louis

What have you always wondered about STL, the people here, or your community?

You can also help others find answers to their St. Louis-related questions.


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