Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri’s High School Equivalency Exam Gets A Reboot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-s-high-school-equivalency-exam-gets-reboot <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:07:59 +0000 Tim Lloyd 32390 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri’s High School Equivalency Exam Gets A Reboot CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cdc-report-obesity-rates-down-slightly-among-low-income-preschoolers-missouri <p></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 5:30 p.m.&nbsp; to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.</strong></em></p><p>It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm62e0806a1.htm?s_cid=mm62e0806a1_w#Tab2">a new report</a> released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:43:45 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 28906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri Watch: Simply, 'Missouri Is Awesome' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/watch-simply-missouri-awesome <p>Missouri is awesome.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's it.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the premise behind </span><a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/58617497/missouri-is-awesome?ref=live" style="line-height: 1.5;">a new effort to launch a clothing line</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> representing the Show-Me state's excellence.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:13:58 +0000 Kelsey Proud 28461 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Watch: Simply, 'Missouri Is Awesome' Mo. payrolls increase by 17,900 jobs in August http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-payrolls-increase-17900-jobs-august <p>A new report shows Missouri gaining nearly 18,000 jobs last month while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent.</p><p>The state Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:45:44 +0000 The Associated Press 4648 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. payrolls increase by 17,900 jobs in August Mo. lawmakers face big decisions in veto overrides http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-face-big-decisions-veto-overrides <p><font color="red">Missouri</font> lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol and must decide whether to override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's <font color="red">vetoes</font>.</p><p>The Democratic governor <font color="red">vetoed</font> about a dozen bills, but attention for a possible override has focused on measures dealing with health insurance and vehicle taxes. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday, and a successful <font color="red">veto</font> override requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 22:30:56 +0000 The Associated Press 4545 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers face big decisions in veto overrides Activists protest to lower payday loan interest rates, raise the minimum wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activists-protest-lower-payday-loan-interest-rates-raise-minimum-wage <p></p><p>Supporters of a failed effort to place initiatives on the November ballot in Missouri that would cap interest rates on payday loans and raise the minimum wage rallied in St. Louis today.</p><p>From priests to teenagers, around 100 people marched around a payday loan shop on Grand Ave.</p><p>Jamala Rogers is with Jobs for Justice and helped collect signatures for the ballot initiatives.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:31:33 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4512 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists protest to lower payday loan interest rates, raise the minimum wage Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drug-czar-visits-missouri-pushes-drug-tracking-system <p>The nation&rsquo;s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does<strong> </strong>not<strong> </strong>have a prescription drug monitoring program.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn&rsquo;t passed legislation to create one.</p><p>National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it&rsquo;s a good way to identify patients who are &quot;doctor shopping.&quot;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:31:37 +0000 Maria Altman 4334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system Missouri exports grow at record-setting pace http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-exports-grow-record-setting-pace <p>Missouri exports are growing at a record-setting pace this year and trade with markets in Asia is up more than 24 percent this year alone.</p><p>Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, said low paying manufacturing jobs in Asia have created a consumer market for Missouri products.</p><p>Nowak said that, in turn, translates to jobs in St. Louis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:03:29 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4333 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri exports grow at record-setting pace ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/aclu-lawsuit-challenges-part-amendment-two <p>The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.</p><p>Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU&rsquo;s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:</p><blockquote><p>This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.</p><p></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:30:58 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4283 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two No drought relief in sight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-drought-relief-sight <p>Dry conditions are expected to get worse in the coming days, and it will take a whole lot more than scattered thunderstorms to break the drought.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re way, way, way below normal in rainfall,&rdquo; National Weather Service Meteorologist Fred Glass said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Most of the area is in severe drought conditions, it&rsquo;s going to quite a bit of rain to make that up, probably in many areas 8-12 inches, and in some areas in excess of 12 inches.&rdquo;</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:44:40 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No drought relief in sight