Sean Sandefur http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A Younger Look At The Gun Debate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/younger-look-gun-debate <p></p><p>Few things are more polarizing in American culture than guns. There is no scarcity of opinions on the issue, but a voice that we have perhaps not heard is that of a younger generation, specifically those who are 18 to 29 years old. They fall under the millennial generation, and will make up the future of gun ownership. So, what do they think? St. Louis Public Radio’s Sean Sandefur reports.</p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guns Evoke Many Emotions</strong></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:18:45 +0000 Sean Sandefur 26280 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Younger Look At The Gun Debate Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-environmental-agency-says-400-million-needed-state-parks <p></p><p>Environment Missouri, a state environmental advocacy group, kicked off its campaign today by calling on state legislators to take action on what they say are $400 million worth of back-logged repairs to state parks.</p><p>The organization says that state parks are crucial to the economy, bringing an average of 18 million visitors a year, and providing over 14,000 jobs.</p><p>Parks are currently funded by (bear with me) half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent sales tax, a tax voters have continued to renew over the years. But Environment Missouri thinks that it’s not enough.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:16:33 +0000 Sean Sandefur 25710 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks I-64 Closed This Weekend At Jefferson, Construction Ongoing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/i-64-closed-weekend-jefferson-construction-ongoing <p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing all lanes of Interstate 64 between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton Avenue starting at 8 p.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday morning.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The closures are part of a 3 month project to replace the 50 year old Jefferson overpass.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eastbound on-ramps will be closed from </span>McCausland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Ewing, and westbound on-ramps will be closed from Broadway to Grand.</span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:37:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 25568 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org I-64 Closed This Weekend At Jefferson, Construction Ongoing Union Miners Protest Peabody In St. Louis Again, This Time, With Crosses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-miners-protest-peabody-st-louis-again-time-crosses <p></p><p>Hundreds of retired and current union miners from across the country descended on St. Louis on Tuesday to protest Peabody Energy and the potential loss of their pension plans.</p><p>Most of the miners worked for either Peabody Energy or Arch Coal, but their benefits are threatened by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal last year. Patriot was spun off from Peabody in 2007, along with the healthcare obligations of many Peabody and Arch Coal employees.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:03:22 +0000 Sean Sandefur & Maria Altman 25488 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Union Miners Protest Peabody In St. Louis Again, This Time, With Crosses Cleanup Continues After Severe Weather Sweeps Through St. Louis Area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cleanup-continues-after-severe-weather-sweeps-through-st-louis-area <p><strong>Update on Saturday, April 13 at 1:15 p.m.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cleanup effort in Hazelwood continues this weekend, days after the suburb was hit by a vicious spring storm that uprooted trees and destroyed homes.&nbsp;</span></p><p>About 150 faculty and staff members of the Hazelwood School District fanned out into neighborhoods on Saturday, checking up on residents and passing along information and resources.&nbsp;&nbsp; Staff is also collecting food and supply donations this weekend.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:58:06 +0000 Tim Lloyd, Rachel Lippmann, Sean Sandefur & Chris McDaniel 25318 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cleanup Continues After Severe Weather Sweeps Through St. Louis Area Schnucks Customers Dismayed By Credit Card Breach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schnucks-customers-dismayed-credit-card-breach <p></p><p></p><p>Many customers of the Schnucks grocery chain are upset about the credit card fraud that has victimized dozens of people. Investigators told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they continue to receive complaints from Schnucks customers.</p><p></p><p>It still isn't clear how the security breach occurred. For now, investigators are telling people who shop at Schnucks to pay with cash or checks.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:18:49 +0000 The Associated Press & Sean Sandefur 24949 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schnucks Customers Dismayed By Credit Card Breach Judge Dismisses All But One Mallinckrodt Chemical Co. Lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-all-one-mallinckrodt-chemical-co-lawsuit <p></p><p>Just one of the eight lawsuits filed against Mallinckrodt chemical company by people who believe they got cancer from living near radioactive contamination in north St. Louis Country will move forward.</p><p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig on Wednesday dismissed claims of negligence, emotional distress and liability.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:08:41 +0000 The Associated Press & Sean Sandefur 24948 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge Dismisses All But One Mallinckrodt Chemical Co. Lawsuit Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-sec-state-kander-urges-house-take-early-voting-legislation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Secretary of State &nbsp;Jason </span>Kander<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.</span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:39:28 +0000 Sean Sandefur 24853 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation Vessel Strike Caused Barges To Break Loose, Then Sink Near Cape Girardeau http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vessel-strike-caused-barges-break-loose-then-sink-near-cape-girardeau <p></p><p>The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that 13 coal barges became dislodged from their tow vessel near Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning, three of which partially sank into the Mississippi. So, what happened?</p><p>Most of the 25 barges were soon accounted for after the vessel struck an object around 10:30 a.m. At this time, it is still not clear what that object was.</p><p>The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau was closed for a little more than one hour as a precaution, but it was not struck.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:13:33 +0000 The Associated Press & Sean Sandefur 24838 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vessel Strike Caused Barges To Break Loose, Then Sink Near Cape Girardeau Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-elephant-calf-will-bring-cautious-celebration-st-louis-zoo <p></p><p>An Asian elephant calf is due to be born any day at the St. Louis Zoo, cause for both celebration and concern amid the backdrop of a deadly herpes virus.</p><p></p><p>The virus has killed about 25 percent of Asian elephants born in North American zoos in the past three decades. Some animal rights activists <a href="http://bit.ly/13sZkHY">told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> that it is irresponsible to breed elephants knowing the presence of the virus in the herd.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press & Sean Sandefur 24842 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo