Camille Phillips http://news.stlpublicradio.org en After Yet Another Flood, Clarksville Renews Quest For A Permanent Solution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-yet-another-flood-clarksville-renews-quest-permanent-solution <p></p><p>Clarksville, Mo., has barely begun to set itself to rights after the latest deluge from the Mississippi River. &nbsp;But city officials are already worried about the next flood.</p><p>"It just seems like the flood comes more and more often now," said Clarksville Emergency Manager Kathy Weiss. "Twenty years ago we didn’t have a flood every year, but seems like now every year or two years we’re having a flood. So we have to think of something more permanent.”</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:41:13 +0000 Camille Phillips 38209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Yet Another Flood, Clarksville Renews Quest For A Permanent Solution St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-police-march-new-headquarters <p>After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.</p><p>Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:39:30 +0000 Camille Phillips 38206 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ronnie-white-confirmed-federal-bench-17-years-later <p><em>Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).</em></p><p>Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.</p><p>The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.</p><p>It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:50:05 +0000 Camille Phillips 38128 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later 'Park Over The Highway' At Arch Begins To Take Shape http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/park-over-highway-arch-begins-take-shape <p>A major step in the Gateway Arch grounds renovation is taking place this weekend, causing road closures and detours in downtown St. Louis.</p><p>Working around the clock from Friday night until Monday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are placing 40 large girders over the depressed lanes of I-44. It’s the first step in building the land bridge that will connect downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:51:06 +0000 Camille Phillips 38014 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Park Over The Highway' At Arch Begins To Take Shape Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kander-promotes-early-literacy-campaign-hopes-high-voter-turn-out-august <p>Story hour at Kirkwood Public Library had a guest reader on Thursday. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stopped by as part of a tour spotlighting the early literacy initiative "Racing to Read."</p><p>Earlier this year, public libraries throughout Missouri were invited to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in federal funds set aside by the Secretary of State’s office to help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn to read.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:59:05 +0000 Camille Phillips & Bill Raack 37962 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August Fielding Complaints & Compliments: A Conversation With NPR's Outgoing Ombudsman http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fielding-complaints-compliments-conversation-nprs-outgoing-ombudsman <p>Edward Schumacher-Matos ends his tenure as NPR's ombudsman at the end of the month, after a three-year stint fielding the complaints, compliments and suggestions of the NPR audience.</p><p>During an exit interview on <em>St. Louis on the </em>Air, Schumacher-Matos explained that having a set end date with no contract renewals allows an ombudsman to retain his independence.</p><p>Previously, Schumacher-Matos served as ombudsman for&nbsp;<em>The Miami Herald</em>, founded four Spanish-language daily newspapers and held several senior positions at <em>The&nbsp;New York Times</em>.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:02:05 +0000 Camille Phillips 37891 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fielding Complaints & Compliments: A Conversation With NPR's Outgoing Ombudsman Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-mississippi-prompts-sandbagging-and-road-closures <p>Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.</p><p>With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo., 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:44:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 37817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures Classical Pianist Ingrid Jacoby On Her St. Louis Roots http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/classical-pianist-ingrid-jacoby-her-st-louis-roots <p>It’s not easy to make a living as a concert pianist, but St. Louis native Ingrid Jacoby is doing just that.</p><p>Jacoby makes her home in London these days, but she grew up in Olivette, Mo. and went to Ladue High School—for at least part of the day. By the age of 12 she was already spending half days studying piano alongside college students at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Jacoby started taking piano when she was four, but found it boring until she switched teachers.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:56:56 +0000 Camille Phillips 37731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Classical Pianist Ingrid Jacoby On Her St. Louis Roots City Of St. Louis Launches Plan To ‘Jump N2 Shape’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-st-louis-launches-plan-jump-n2-shape <p>With more than 50 percent of its citizens overweight or obese, the city of St. Louis has set a goal of reducing obesity in the city by 5 percent by 2018. To help meet that goal, the city’s health department has set up an online portal for St. Louisans to get involved.</p><p>The online <a href="http://www.jumpn2shape.com/" target="_blank">“Jump N2 Shape,”</a> portal gives nutrition and fitness advice and calls for St. Louisans to join the weight loss movement. Once signed up, individuals can log the exercise they complete and the pounds they lose.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:19:07 +0000 Camille Phillips 37486 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City Of St. Louis Launches Plan To ‘Jump N2 Shape’ Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senator-mccaskill-dr-oz-weight-loss-scams-and-obesity-america <p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with <em>St. Louis on the Air </em>host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.</p><p>“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:30:51 +0000 Camille Phillips 37481 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America