Brent Jones http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Free concerts this week: Javier Mendoza, Miss Jubilee and Old Salt Union http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/free-concerts-week-javier-mendoza-miss-jubilee-and-old-salt-union <p>The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.</p><p>You can read more about <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/15313/preview_of_if_you_dare_by_mendoza" target="_blank">Javier Mendoza</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/15406/profile_of_miss_jubilee_and_the_humdingers" target="_blank">Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers</a>. Or just check out what's coming this week:</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:54:32 +0000 Brent Jones 37561 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Free concerts this week: Javier Mendoza, Miss Jubilee and Old Salt Union Missouri Tax Cut Could Cost Some Districts 20 Percent Of Their State Appropriation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-tax-cut-could-cost-some-districts-20-percent-their-state-appropriation <p>When the Missouri General Assembly passed its tax cut bill, <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/pdf-bill/tat/SB509.pdf">SB509</a>,&nbsp;the Missouri School Boards Association released a chart showing how much money each of the state's school districts stood to lose if the bill became law. The chart compares the difference between Nixon's recommended level of funding for each district and the lower appropriation request that would result as a result of the tax cuts — a total of $223 million statewide.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:07:32 +0000 Brent Jones & Dale Singer 35504 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blood Moon Eclipse: A View From St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blood-moon-eclipse-view-st-louis <p>Very early this morning a<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/14/302904741/for-many-clouds-likely-to-block-tonights-blood-moon-eclipse"> "Blood Moon" Eclipse</a> was visible in the St. Louis area. Did you stay up (or get up very early) to see it?</p><p>Our Brent Jones did, and shares some of his photos from the event here with you.&nbsp;</p><p>This was a total eclipse — but what about the "blood" color? The Seattle Times <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023364445_eclipselocalxml.html">explains</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:55:17 +0000 Brent Jones & Kelsey Proud 35309 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blood Moon Eclipse: A View From St. Louis Accounted For: Mapping Chronic Absenteeism In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/accounted-mapping-chronic-absenteeism-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 108,000 students missed at least three and a half weeks of school last year. That’s enough lost instruction time to be considered chronically absent, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school during the course of the year.</span></p><p>As St. Louis Public Radio reported on Wednesday, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/accounted-chronic-absenteeism-jeopardizes-classroom-success">chronic absenteeism can set students up for a string of academic problems.&nbsp;</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:17:13 +0000 Brent Jones & Tim Lloyd 34597 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Accounted For: Mapping Chronic Absenteeism In Missouri St. Louis In Photos: Then And Now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-photos-then-and-now <p><iframe height="8150" overflow="hidden" src="http://stlpublicradio.github.io/stl250-photos/index.html" width="580"></iframe></p><p>Do you have an old family photo that you'd like to recreate? Try it and send the old and new results to us.</p><p>Have you wondered what an area looked like years ago? Maybe the spot was totally different, such as 4th and Market. Maybe it has been lovingly maintained, as in the DeMenil Mansion.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:22:12 +0000 Brent Jones & Maria Altman 34183 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis In Photos: Then And Now How Many St. Louis-Born Athletes In The Winter Olympics, Ever? Just 11 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-many-st-louis-born-athletes-winter-olympics-ever-just-11 <p>176 St. Louis-area-born athletes have competed in the Olympic Games, according to a list at Sports-Reference.com, mostly in the Summer Games, and many in events that today's Olympians can no longer medal in like Tug-of-War or Golf. Just 11 of those 176 competed in the Winter Olympics before this year's Sochi games — and only one made the medal stand.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:35:51 +0000 Brent Jones 33691 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Many St. Louis-Born Athletes In The Winter Olympics, Ever? Just 11 Explore The New Mississippi River Bridge Graphic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/explore-new-mississippi-river-bridge-graphic <p><iframe height="450" src="http://stlpublicradio.github.io/20140204-bridgestats/index.html" width="580"></iframe></p><ul><li>Construction began in April 2010.</li><li>The bridge cost came in at $670 million including land acquisition, utility relocation and construction</li><li>The total bridge span has 16.367 million pounds of structural steel and 12 million pounds of reinforcing steel.</li></ul><p>Area residents will have a rare chance Saturday to see the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge up close before it officially opens to vehicle traffic on Sunday.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:44:22 +0000 Brent Jones & Joseph Leahy 33529 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Explore The New Mississippi River Bridge Graphic Data Check: How Sunday's Snowfall Compares To The Past http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/data-check-how-sundays-snowfall-compares-past <p>It's not often St. Louis sees nearly a foot of snow in a 24-hour period, but it has happened a handful of times since records have been kept.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service reported 10.8 inches Sunday at Lambert Airport.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The record — unofficial because of some missing data — is 20.4 inches between March 30 and 31 back in 1890. And just last year, we saw 12.7 inches between March 24 and 25. Here's how the most recent storm compares with the top ten 24-hour snowfalls in St. Louis history:</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:42:55 +0000 Brent Jones 32790 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Data Check: Comparing St. Louis Temps To Previous Lows http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/data-check-comparing-st-louis-temps-previous-lows <p><em>Updated&nbsp;January 7, 2014 with century record graphs.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service says the temperature reached 8 degrees below zero Monday,&nbsp;&nbsp;this cold snap marks first time Lambert Airport has recorded a negative air temperature since 1999.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:00:32 +0000 Brent Jones 32760 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Data Check: Comparing St. Louis Temps To Previous Lows With Health Insurance Deadline Looming, St. Louis Sign-Ups On The Rise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-looming-st-louis-sign-ups-rise <p>UPDATE: 12-27-13</p><p>Even if you missed the Christmas Eve deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you may still be able to have your coverage kick in on Jan. 1.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:28:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Brent Jones 32459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Health Insurance Deadline Looming, St. Louis Sign-Ups On The Rise