St. Louis on the Air http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Preview: A Closer Look At Missouri's Ballot Issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/preview-closer-look-missouris-ballot-issues <p><em>This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Thursday; 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>Missouri's Aug. 5 primary ballot includes several Constitutional amendments. St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Chris McDaniel and statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin will join us Thursday to take a closer look at these amendments.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:04:39 +0000 Erica Smith 38456 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Preview: 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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p class="NEWNORMAL"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="NEWNORMAL"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We have many fewer crimes now than we did just five years ago,” Dotson said Wednesday. With one noticeable exception.</span></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 Celebrating (And Teaching) Beer In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/celebrating-and-teaching-beer-st-louis <p></p><p>Forget the stereotypes of beer-swilling men and frat boys. Femme Ferment and The University of Missouri–St. Louis want to introduce women and students to the art of brewing.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fourth-year PhD chemistry student and&nbsp;homebrewer&nbsp;Joseph&nbsp;Meisel&nbsp;will lead&nbsp;UMSL’s&nbsp;new beer brewing class, Chemistry 1021 Beer Brewing: Chemical and Biochemical Principles.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:11:46 +0000 Erica Smith 38286 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Celebrating (And Teaching) Beer In St. Louis Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-and-stenger-defend-attack-ads-st-louis-air <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, agree on two things: Each says his attack ads are accurate and the other guy’s are not.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:48 +0000 Jo Mannies 38253 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air' St. Louis Public Radio Leaders Share Merger Insights http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-radio-leaders-share-merger-insights <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven months ago, the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis Beacon</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and St. Louis Public Radio officially merged.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What’s happened? And what’s next?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis Public Radio general manager, Tim </span>Eby<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and news editor Margaret Wolf&nbsp;</span>Freivogel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined host Don Marsh to talk about where the organization is today. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:54:50 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 38245 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Radio Leaders Share Merger Insights Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-akin-pushes-book-defends-legitimate-rape-comment <p><em>This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.</em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.</p><p>Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.</p><p>In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:30 +0000 Erica Smith 38243 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/should-marijuana-be-legal-missouri-medical-or-recreational-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should marijuana be legalized? More than 50 percent of Americans think it should, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx" target="_blank">according to a 2013 Gallup poll</a>, but the issue is far from settled.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:33 +0000 Erica Smith 38223 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use?