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St. Louis College Prep charter school is expected to graduate its first senior class this summer. The Missouri State Auditor has agreed to investigate the school's attendance reporting.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis College Prep Under Investigation For Fraud

Updated 5:25 p.m. with additional information on the school's financial situation — St. Louis College Prep has lost tens of thousands of dollars in state funding amidst an investigation into whether the charter school's founder over-reported attendance records. The Missouri State Auditor’s office accepted a request Jan. 11 from Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven to review St. Louis College Prep’s finances. Charter schools are public schools that receive state and federal funding but operate independently from traditional school districts.

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Arlene Zarembka (at left) is a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case, and Jeffrey Mittman is the executive director of the ACLU of Missouri. They joined the Jan. 22, 2019, talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The LGBTQ couple whose lawsuit against Sunset Hills-based Friendship Village was recently dismissed by a circuit judge will be taking further legal action, an attorney for Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance told host Don Marsh during Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

“Definitely Mary and Bev are going to be appealing this,” Arlene Zarembka said of the Jan. 16 decision. The case against the local retirement community is one that St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan has been following since the summer of 2018.

In conversation with Marsh and Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri, Zarembka noted that the judge argued the Federal Housing Act “doesn’t bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and that this was not a sex-discrimination claim.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen answer questions on Jan. 22, 2019 after announcing that lawyers from Schmitt’s office will help federal prosecutors handle violent crime cases.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis is getting extra manpower to help prosecute gun and drug cases in the city and St. Louis County.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday that as many as five assistant attorneys general from his office will be deputized to serve as federal prosecutors, a level of cooperation Schmitt called unprecedented.

Ken Page reprised his role as Old Deuteronomy in The Muny's 2010 production of "Cats," a role he originated the musical's 1982 Broadway debut.
The Muny

Ken Page, whose career took him from The Muny to Broadway and the big screen, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award Monday from the local Arts and Education Council.

Page is known for creating the character of Old Deuteronomy in the Broadway debut of the iconic musical “Cats” and as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

During a nearly 40-year career, the Fontbonne University graduate has played hundreds of roles in film and on stages in New York and St. Louis.

Locked out of the the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, leaders and citizens took part in an improvised King Day ceremony outside on Jan. 21, 2019.
Holly Edgell | St. Louis Public Radio

The partial government shutdown blocked the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony from the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. Nevertheless, about 50 people joined civic leaders and elected officials on and around the steps for short speeches and prayers.

Mayor Lyda Krewson and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed were among those who attended the improvised festivities in 15-degree temperatures before moving off to Leonard Missionary Baptist Church on North Compton for an interfaith service. Organizers remarked that driving to the church would not be frowned upon considering the weather, although it appeared most people opted to walk.

A program designed to curb Illinois’ pension debt is now underway. Early numbers show more Illinois state employees than expected are choosing to take a pension buyout from the state.


Sam O'Keefe | Missouri S&T

A team at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a $1 million grant to research better kinds of cyber security.

They aren’t looking to stop outside hackers — they want to stop threats from the inside.

Facilities and systems like power grids, water plants and driverless cars could all benefit from the research funded by the National Science Foundation.

State Rep. Dottie Bailey, R-Eureka
David Kovaluk I St. Louis Public Radio

State Rep. Dottie Bailey joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about her first few days as a member of the Missouri House.

The Eureka Republican represents parts of St. Louis and Franklin counties, including municipalities such as Wildwood, Pacific and Eureka.

St. Louis Women's March participants gather in Aloe Plaza, across from Union Station in downtown St. Louis on January 19, 2019.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning for the third annual St. Louis Women’s March, as a winter storm crept toward the city.

Some, like 23-year-old Mckenzie Eston, attended the march for the first time.

“If you want your voice to be heard, then you actually have to speak,” said Eston, who lives in Cape Girardeau.

Officials are considering the addition of turnstiles to the MetroLink system.
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The top people who handled security for the Metro Transit agency are out of a job.

Bi-State Development President Taulby Roach confirmed the departures on Friday but provided no other details, including the names of the two officials.

Cathy "Mama Cat" Daniels stirs a pot of chili while prepping food to deliver to shelters and to people experiencing homeless. January 27, 2019.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis agencies and community organizations that work with the region’s homeless population are calling on city and county residents to volunteer time and donate supplies.

The groups are stretching resources to keep people warm and fed as weekend forecasts warn of more sleet, snow and freezing temperatures.

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St. Louis on the Air

Wednesday: Legal Roundtable to address latest local, national developments

Host Don Marsh will discuss a variety of stories pertaining to the law, including Trump administration’s decision to appeal a federal judge's ruling and the lawsuit against a local retirement home.

Metro St. Louis federal workers, businesses grapple with government shutdown

Federal employees throughout metro St. Louis are feeling the brunt of the partial government shutdown, as agencies have placed workers on furlough or have required them to work without pay.

We asked our readers and staff to send their favorite stories of 2018, then compiled them for you to read (or re-read). Enjoy as we look back at the year that was, and come back for more in 2019!