St. Louis on the Air http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Preview: How Are Religious Leaders Responding To Ferguson? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/preview-how-are-religious-leaders-responding-ferguson <p><em>This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can <a href="http://www.stlpublicradio.org/listen.php" target="_blank">listen live</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As communities seek leaders, members of the clergy are responding.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>After the death of Michael Brown, followed by looting, riots, peaceful protests and arrests, local clergy and religious congregations are responding to the turmoil in Ferguson. On Wednesday, we will talk to some of those leaders:</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Erica Smith 39021 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Preview: How Are Religious Leaders Responding To Ferguson? Legal Debate: How Ferguson Case Might Proceed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-debate-how-ferguson-case-might-proceed <p></p><p>Deadly force. The right to assemble. Civil rights. Freedom of the press. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson more than a week ago has raised several legal issues and questions.</p><p>On Monday, the “St. Louis on the Air” Legal Roundtable discussed several of those issues.</p><p><strong>Filing charges </strong></p><p>If charges are going to be filed against Wilson, the next step is to present evidence to the grand jury.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:06:22 +0000 Erica Smith 38922 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Debate: How Ferguson Case Might Proceed Your Responses: What Can Young Professionals Do To Improve St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/your-responses-what-can-young-professionals-do-improve-st-louis <p>We have the opportunity to start and take part in many important community conversations on <em>St. Louis on the Air,</em>&nbsp;and many times those conversations continue via other media.</p><p>During <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-professionals-urge-others-step-their-communities">Tuesday's discussion about the active role young professionals are taking in the St. Louis area</a>, we asked what you and others can do to get involved, and what changes you'd like to see in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Here is part of the Twitter conversation.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:24:56 +0000 Erica Smith 38846 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: What's Next For Ferguson After The Death Of Michael Brown? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-whats-next-ferguson-after-death-michael-brown <p></p><p>Saturday's shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in overnight violence, including looting, arson and gunshots. As cleanup began Monday morning, so did discussions about the tension throughout the St. Louis area, the response in Ferguson, and the lack of information about Saturday’s shooting.</p><p></p><p>“There should be no need anywhere for a young man to lose his life,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “We need to start talking about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the young people in the community.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:51:57 +0000 Erica Smith 38713 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: What's Next For Ferguson After The Death Of Michael Brown? What You're Saying About Amendment 7 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-youre-saying-about-amendment-7 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although several issues and races are crowding Tuesday’s primary ballot, the transportation tax amendment has been particularly contentious. The amendment increases the state sales tax, now 4.225 percent, by three-quarters of a cent to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/numbers-expect-lots-road-work-if-transportation-tax-passes">fund transportation projects</a>.</span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:05:52 +0000 Erica Smith 38508 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Closer Look At Missouri's Ballot Issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/closer-look-missouris-ballot-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's Aug. 5 primary ballot includes several Constitutional amendments, but none has been as contentious as Amendment 7, the transportation tax proposal.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amendment 7</span></strong></p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:31:43 +0000 Erica Smith 38456 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Closer Look At Missouri's Ballot Issues Dotson: Overall Crime Down, Hot-Spot Policing Working http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dotson-overall-crime-down-hot-spot-policing-working <p>Like many cities around the country, St. Louis is dealing with the ongoing problem of urban crime. Just over half-way through the year, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says overall crime is down over 11 percent, and violent crime is down almost 6 percent. Overall crime in the city is down almost 50 percent since 2006.</p><p>“We have many fewer crimes now than we did just five years ago,” Dotson said Wednesday. With one noticeable exception.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:31:40 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 38444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dotson: Overall Crime Down, Hot-Spot Policing Working Is The Middle Class Eroding? You Weigh In http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-eroding-you-weigh <p><em>This is a follow-up to Monday's "St. Louis on the Air" show about the middle class. <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-dwindles-american-dream-still-realistic">Hear the audio from that show and read Kyle Jacoby's story</a> to find out what the experts said about the middle class, the economy and the American Dream.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've heard it before: The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. But what about those in the middle?</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:37:14 +0000 Erica Smith 38411 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As The Middle Class Dwindles, Is The American Dream Still Realistic? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-dwindles-american-dream-still-realistic <p></p><p>The rich are getting richer. The top 5 percent of earners in the U.S. accounted for nearly 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/business/the-middle-class-is-steadily-eroding-just-ask-the-business-world.html?_r=2" target="_blank">according to the Institute for New Economic Thinking</a>. That is up from 28 percent in 1995.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:32 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 38329 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As The Middle Class Dwindles, Is The American Dream Still Realistic? La Russa Enters The Hall Of Fame, A Look At His Legacy In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/la-russa-enters-hall-fame-look-his-legacy-st-louis <p>In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:54:26 +0000 Donna Korando & Cullen Riley-Duffy 38291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org La Russa Enters The Hall Of Fame, A Look At His Legacy In St. Louis