Bill Raack 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 McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-scolds-dr-oz-hearing-weight-loss-scams <p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tuesday chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what she called a “crisis in consumer protection”: weight-loss diet scams.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. </span>Mehmet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oz, host of television’s “Dr. Oz Show”, was the hearing’s star witness. Other witnesses included Mary Koelbel Engle, associate director of the Division of Advertising Practices for the Federal Trade Commission, and Steven Mister, president and CEP&nbsp;of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:30:07 +0000 Jo Mannies, Bill Raack & The Associated Press 36872 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Remembers Little In Minnesota Abuse Scandal Deposition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-archbishop-carlson-remembers-little-minnesota-abuse-scandal-deposition <p style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 18px; line-height: 25.200000762939453px;"><em>Last updated 4:23 p.m. with comment from the Archdiocese of St. Louis&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:13:15 +0000 Bill Raack & Madeleine Baran - Minnesota Public Radio 36827 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Remembers Little In Minnesota Abuse Scandal Deposition Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-calls-community-learning-centers <p>On the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision Saturday, a small group rallied in front of City Hall to call on elected officials to improve St. Louis’ schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The students, parents, members of Metropolitan Congregations United and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis want schools turned into “community learning centers.”&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Bill Raack 36229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers' St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd Honored; KMOX, KMOV, KSDK Also Win Awards http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-radios-tim-lloyd-honored-kmox-kmov-ksdk-also-win-awards <p>The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Tuesday that St. Louis Public Radio's education reporter&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/people/tim-lloyd">Tim Lloyd</a>&nbsp;is the winner of three regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.</p><p>The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:09 +0000 Bill Raack 35495 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd Honored; KMOX, KMOV, KSDK Also Win Awards Morning Newscaster Julie Bierach Says Goodbye http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-newscaster-julie-bierach-says-goodbye <p>We're sad to say goodbye today to our morning newscaster, Julie Bierach.</p><p>Julie has decided to pursue a degree in nursing after a career in journalism and public relations. She delivered her last newscasts for St. Louis Public Radio this morning.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/people/julie-bierach">Julie</a> has been the morning news voice on STLPR&nbsp;since November, 2010. Prior to that, Julie served as the station's science/technology reporter from July, 2007 until September, 2008.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:28:45 +0000 Bill Raack 35026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Newscaster Julie Bierach Says Goodbye McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-grills-gm-head-over-safety-recalls <p>Members of a Senate panel Wednesday accused General&nbsp;Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:26:47 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 34988 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-pushes-extend-illinois-income-tax-increase <p>Illinois residents would continue paying a 5-percent income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Illinois' income tax rate is supposed to expire in January, midway through the fiscal year. But Quinn says that would cause "savage cuts" to schools and other critical state services.&nbsp;Instead, the governor wants to make the higher income tax rate permanent.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 34754 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-says-illinois-making-comeback-republicans-say-not-fast-enough <p>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.</p><p>Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.</p><p>Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:54:25 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 33347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-invalidates-amazon-tax <p>The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.</p><p>The justices ruled 6-1 in <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2013/114496.pdf">an opinion released Friday </a>to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax." The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:46:47 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 30775 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax'