Safe Connections http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Indie/Pop Band Bella & Lily To Perform Benefit For Safe Connections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/indiepop-band-bella-lily-perform-benefit-safe-connections <p>In a way, indie/pop duo Bella &amp; Lily has been together a long time. That is if you can measure lifetimes spanning in the teen years as long. Bella (19) and Lily (15) are sisters, after all.</p><p>But the musical entity Bella &amp; Lily was born less than two years ago, when the Ibur sisters made their debut on the St. Louis music scene. After winning a battle of the bands to earn a spot on the Loufest stage, Bella and Lily decided to focus on their musical career.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:11:23 +0000 Camille Phillips 35038 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Indie/Pop Band Bella & Lily To Perform Benefit For Safe Connections Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/violence-against-women-act-reauthorization <p>The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed by Congress in 1994, spearheaded by then Senator Joe Biden.&nbsp; But when the act expired in 2011, it took more than a year of wrangling before Congress could come to terms on its reauthorization.&nbsp; When President Obama signed the reauthorization of the act on March 7, several additional groups of women were covered.&nbsp; Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, Native American women on tribal land and immigrants are now protected.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:15:52 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 10176 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization