St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heard-exorcist-st-louis-event-inspired-it <p>The mattress began to shake. &nbsp;Arms and legs flailing.&nbsp; For hours he fluctuated between frenzy and calm.</p><p>The following phrases describe an exorcism that took place in March and April of 1949.&nbsp; A cadre of Jesuit priests affiliated with Saint Louis University, led by Father William S. Bowdern, the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, undertook the exorcism of a 14-year-old boy. They took turns praying over the boy, working to cast out the demon believed to have possessed him.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:56:26 +0000 Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 31043 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It Unemployment Rate Remains Steady In St. Louis Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unemployment-rate-remains-steady-st-louis-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unemployment rate in the St. Louis area remained slightly below the national average in May, but a local economics professor says the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> story behind that number isn’t good news.</span></p><p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics released <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.nr0.htm">the non-adjusted data</a> today. That means it does not take into account predictable seasonal changes.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:42:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 27903 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unemployment Rate Remains Steady In St. Louis Region Feeding The Meters Now Required In Downtown St. Louis On Saturdays http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/feeding-meters-now-required-downtown-st-louis-saturdays <p><i>Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from the treasurer.</i></p><p>Take some quarters with you if you're going downtown on Saturdays starting July 1.</p><p>St. Louis city treasurer Tishaura&nbsp;Jones <a href="http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/treasurer/documents/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&amp;pageID=351495">announced today</a>&nbsp;that the parking division, which she oversees, will begin enforcing expired meter violations on July 1. That means drivers will have to feed the meters between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:24:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 27515 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Feeding The Meters Now Required In Downtown St. Louis On Saturdays Historic St. Louis Cemetery Looking For Volunteers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/historic-st-louis-cemetery-looking-volunteers <p>The caretakers of one of the oldest black cemeteries in St. Louis are hoping to get 300 people to converge on the property in North County tomorrow to help with the ongoing restoration efforts.</p><p>The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association does these clean-up days several times a year, and historian Etta Daniels says they've helped clear about half of the 32-acre cemetery in the last 13 years. This year, they'll tackle a 10-12 acre section that needs some TLC.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:24:52 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 26722 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Historic St. Louis Cemetery Looking For Volunteers In St. Louis, King Day Speakers Call For A New Dream http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-king-day-speakers-call-new-dream <p>Local dignitaries and politicians filled the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Monday for the city's 44th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.</p><p>The city's celebration is the second-oldest in the country, behind only Atlanta. In addition to celebrating the slain civil rights leader, who would have been 83 on January 15th, most speakers also rejoiced in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, who took the oath of office in Washington, DC &nbsp;as the proceedings took place.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:27:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 8556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In St. Louis, King Day Speakers Call For A New Dream Mo.-St. Louis Trade Delegation In China Renews Air Cargo Hub Efforts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-st-louis-trade-delegation-china-renews-air-cargo-hub-efforts <p>Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders are wrapping up a trade mission to China this week designed to revive the so-called China Hub project.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:20:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo.-St. Louis Trade Delegation In China Renews Air Cargo Hub Efforts Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/songbird-cafe-features-local-songwriters-intimate-listening-environment <p>Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.</p><p>Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.</p><p>St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:40:01 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 6935 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposition-r-asks-st-louisans-do-you-want-cut-number-aldermen <p>On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city. &nbsp;</p><p>Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:04:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5934 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?' St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-defenders-decline-some-cases <P>Several public defender offices around the state have notified courts they will not be taking cases beyond their maximum caseload this month.</P> <P>The 18 offices around Missouri include ones in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Springfield.</P> <P>In St. Louis instead of turning away all cases public defenders met with the 22<SUP>nd</SUP>Circuit Court and the Circuit Attorney’s office to craft a different solution.</P> <P>Director Mary Fox says the circuit’s presiding judge then issued an administrative order that the public defender’s St. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 23:50:20 +0000 Maria Altman 5053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-initiative-aims-bring-greater-attention-mississippi-river-issues <p></p><p>Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.</p><p>A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.</p><p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:57:07 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4594 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues