Camille Phillips http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 Can Francis Howell Say No To Normandy Transfer Students? Attorneys Discuss This Issue And Others http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/can-francis-howell-say-no-normandy-transfer-students-attorneys-discuss-issue-and-others <p>The Francis Howell School District announced Friday that it will <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-students-can-no-longer-transfer-francis-howell-normandy-drops-lawsuit" target="_blank">no longer accept student transfers from Normandy</a>. State law requires schools to accept student transfers from unaccredited schools in the same or an adjacent county, but come July 1, Normandy will have no accreditation status.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:43:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 37438 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Can Francis Howell Say No To Normandy Transfer Students? Attorneys Discuss This Issue And Others Gesher Music Festival Opens With Concert Featuring Cellist Matt Haimovitz http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gesher-music-festival-opens-concert-featuring-cellist-matt-haimovitz <p></p><p>The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.</p><p>“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.&nbsp; He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:53:38 +0000 Camille Phillips 37395 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gesher Music Festival Opens With Concert Featuring Cellist Matt Haimovitz As The MUNY Opens Its 2014 Season, It Makes Plans To Preserve Its Future http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/muny-opens-its-2014-season-it-makes-plans-preserve-its-future <p>The MUNY opened its 2014 season on Monday, June 16 with the first of seven scheduled shows. The offerings this summer include four premieres and the usual mix of classics, family shows and new productions.</p><p>Michael Isaacson, the MUNY’s artistic director and executive producer, appeared on <em>Cityscape</em> this week to give an overview of the season and talk about how the organization is gearing up for its 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p></p><p><strong>The MUNY’s 2014 season</strong></p><p><em>Billy Elliot the Musical </em>June 16 – 22</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:17:11 +0000 Camille Phillips 37391 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As The MUNY Opens Its 2014 Season, It Makes Plans To Preserve Its Future How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-did-danforth-plant-science-center-attract-european-seed-company-kws-st-louis <p>Out of all possible locations in the United States, German seed company KWS chose St. Louis as the site of its North American headquarters. What made St. Louis stand out from the rest?</p><p>According to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President James Carrington and COO Sam Fiorello, KWS was attracted to the St. Louis region because of its community spirit and because of the world-class research facilities available at the Bio-Research &amp; Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) on the Danforth Center campus.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:24:42 +0000 Camille Phillips 37345 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis?