Features http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/would-right-farm-ballot-question-protect-family-farms-or-ag-corporations <p>Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.</p><p><strong>Origins and journey of 'Right to Farm'</strong></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:25:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37653 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? On Chess: St. Louis Student Holds His Own Against Nation’s Best http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-st-louis-student-holds-his-own-against-nation-s-best <p>Our local boy is making national noise.</p><p>Matt Larson, a tall and lanky 17-year-old who attends Crossroads College Prep in St. Louis, is one of 10 competitors in the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the Central West End. He most likely will not win the national title for players under the age of 21, but the crown wasn’t even necessarily a goal in the first place.</p><p>Larson just needed to represent.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:12:55 +0000 Brian Jerauld 37518 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: St. Louis Student Holds His Own Against Nation’s Best Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lager-calls-ethics-reform-he-prepares-leave-missouri-senate <p></p><p>Northwest Missouri will have a new state senator next year, as Brad Lager prepares to leave office.</p><p>The Republican from Savannah can't run again because of term limits, but he says he's ready for the next chapter in his life -- which for now does not include politics.&nbsp;</p><p>Lager sat down recently with St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin to talk about his time in office and about what he considers to be roadblocks toward making Missouri better. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 03:01:33 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36495 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-elders-spur-boom-care-facilities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perhaps the most visible sign of St. Louis’ baby boomers growing old is the local construction surge of senior licensed care facilities. Over the past three years, construction, renovation and expansion projects in the metro area have added up to nearly one quarter of a billion dollars with more development on the way.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 02:16:45 +0000 Joseph Leahy 35691 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities Editor's Weekly: Robert Joiner's Untold Story http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-robert-joiners-untold-story <p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/people/robert-joiner" target="_blank">Robert Joiner, St. Louis Public Radio’s health reporter,</a> is not the kind of person who calls attention to himself. At staff meetings, he speaks sparingly. He chooses words carefully.</p><p>It’s worth paying attention to what he thinks.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 03:10:03 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 35764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Robert Joiner's Untold Story What If Teddy Roosevelt Were President Now? A Conversation With Doris Kearns Goodwin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-if-teddy-roosevelt-were-president-now-conversation-doris-kearns-goodwin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How would Theodore Roosevelt govern if he were president today? Who better to ask than Doris Kearns Goodwin - a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian who has studied and written about Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and now Theodore Roosevelt.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:53 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 35728 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What If Teddy Roosevelt Were President Now? A Conversation With Doris Kearns Goodwin News Quiz for Week of Mar 17, 2014 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/news-quiz-week-mar-17-2014 <p>Were you paying attention to St. Louis Public Radio this week?</p><p>Take our quiz below, then come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.</p><p><iframe height="4080" overflow="hidden" src="http://stlpublicradio.github.io/weeklyQuiz/embeds/20140320.html" width="580"></iframe></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:11:58 +0000 Dale Singer 34604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org News Quiz for Week of Mar 17, 2014 Editor's Weekly: Reasons To Like -- Or At Least Tolerate -- Our Membership Drive http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-reasons-or-least-tolerate-our-membership-drive <p>OK, we know you hate it when you turn on the radio expecting to hear Morning Edition or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and instead you hear us asking for money. Again? Still?</p><p>So why do we do it? Here's the story.</p><p><strong>Chapter One: The Reign of Commercial News</strong></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 04:15:06 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 34202 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Reasons To Like -- Or At Least Tolerate -- Our Membership Drive Belleville Celebrates Its Bicentennial http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/belleville-celebrates-its-bicentennial <p><em>Updated following the show.</em></p><p>St. Louis is not the only local community celebrating an important milestone this year. Founded in 1814, Belleville, Illinois is turning 200.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:12:01 +0000 Amanda Honigfort, Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 34126 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Belleville Celebrates Its Bicentennial Pard' My French: St. Louis' Peculiar Way Of Saying Local Street Names http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pard-my-french-st-louis-peculiar-way-saying-local-street-names <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis is unusual among American cities in having so many streets and places with French names.&nbsp; Over centuries, its residents have also adopted some unusual ways of pronouncing them. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While these interpretations could make many modern French speakers cringe, some echo the original dialect of the city when it was still a part of New France. In other words – maybe we shouldn’t feel so bad about how we pronounce </span>“Chouteau”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> these days.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Leahy 33873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pard' My French: St. Louis' Peculiar Way Of Saying Local Street Names