Joseph Leahy http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Health Department Tightens Reins On Carriage Horse Companies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-health-department-tightens-reins-carriage-horse-companies <p>St. Louis’ Health Department Director Pam Walker issued <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201407/Dr.Freiassessment7.14.14.docx_pdf.pdf">new guidelines </a>Tuesday regulating the treatment of horses used to pull carriages for Brookdale Farms and St. Louis Carriage Co., the two businesses that offer rides in the city.</p><p>The guidelines forbid horses from working when the heat index reaches 100 degrees, and limits horses from working more than eight hours a day, and five days per week. They also set standards for stable ventilation, and cleanliness.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:00:40 +0000 Joseph Leahy 38114 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Health Department Tightens Reins On Carriage Horse Companies American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/american-legion-targets-gap-between-veterans-and-va-st-louis-health-care <p>The American Legion is looking for St. Louis-area veterans who need help getting medical services from the VA Health Care System.</p><p>The Legion has sent members from its “System Worth Saving Task Force” in Washington, D.C., to relay concerns directly from St. Louis-area veterans.</p><p>The three-person task force is meeting with the director of the local VA system today to bring up problems raised by veterans at a town hall-style meeting that it hosted Monday night, said Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division in Washington.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:52 +0000 Joseph Leahy 38057 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-honors-general-and-his-jumping-jacks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Show-Me State is designating the jumping jack as its official exercise in honor of the U.S. Army's second highest-ranked general.</span></p><p>Gen. John Pershing, who was from Laclede, Missouri, is credited with inventing the exercise while training cadets at West Point before WWI.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 669 bill Thursday, which was sponsored by State Rep. Pat Conway of St. Joseph.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:53:49 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37961 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/um-system-expands-academic-tracking-platform-boost-retention-and-graduation-rates <p>The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.</p><p>The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff. &nbsp;</p><p>The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus&nbsp;that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:29:07 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37867 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-river-threatens-areas-north-st-louis <p>The National Weather Service is forecasting major flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis early next week. <a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=lsx" target="_blank">A map on its site i</a>s regularly updated with river stages.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-organizers-tout-plan-new-venue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Final plans for Fair St. Louis are taking shape as the event moves to Forest Park this weekend for the first time in its 34-year history.</span></p><p>The park has been a busy scene this week as work crews prepare stages, concession stands, canopy tents, and generators for the event that organizers expect to draw 35,000 to 50,000 visitors each day. The weekend’s July Fourth celebrations will include a parade, 20 free concerts, nightly fireworks displays and other entertainment.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:10:44 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue Study: Missouri Spends Lion's Share Of Research Funds On Bioscience http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-missouri-spends-lions-share-research-funds-bioscience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri spends a greater share of its academic research money on biosciences than any other state in the nation, according to the latest <a href="http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/Battelle-BIO-2014-Industry.pdf">study&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from </span>Battelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:41:34 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37608 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study: Missouri Spends Lion's Share Of Research Funds On Bioscience Parking Study To Pave The Way For System Overhaul http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/parking-study-pave-way-system-overhaul <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large; line-height: normal;">The St. Louis Treasurer’s Office announced last week it has selected the Boston-based consulting group </span>Desmen<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large; line-height: normal;"> Associates to examine all aspects of the city’s parking division. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:48:43 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37430 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Parking Study To Pave The Way For System Overhaul Supermarket Union Approves Contract, Maintains Benefits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supermarket-union-approves-contract-maintains-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Union workers at area </span>Schnucks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Dierbergs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span>Shop'n<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Save ratified a three-year contract with the supermarkets late Wednesday night.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 voted 1,641 to 662 to approve the contract at the Family Arena in St. Charles following a meeting of employees from the three companies.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:59:14 +0000 Joseph Leahy 36939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supermarket Union Approves Contract, Maintains Benefits Ferry Disaster Hits Close To Home For St. Louis Korean Community http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ferry-disaster-hits-close-home-st-louis-korean-community <p>Dozens of Korean protestors demonstrated in Forest Park Sunday, wearing black to mourn the victims of last month's ferry disaster in South Korea, which killed more than 300 students and others.</p><p>They also called for an investigation into the &nbsp;South Korean government's mishandled rescue attempts. Their anger and frustration, which has been growing among the Korean communities worldwide, came shortly before South Korea's president announced she will disband the country's Coast Guard over its response to the tragedy.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:21:49 +0000 Joseph Leahy 36247 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ferry Disaster Hits Close To Home For St. Louis Korean Community