Public Insight Network http://news.stlpublicradio.org en By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/numbers-expect-lots-road-work-if-transportation-tax-passes <p>If Missourians back a transportation sales tax next month, road workers can expect a busy decade.&nbsp;</p><p>That's a key takeaway of a St. Louis Public Radio analysis of a project list approved by the state's Highways and Transportation Commission. It's what will be funded if voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase on Aug. 5.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:34:53 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-family-hands-down-legacy-muny-enjoyment-and-employment <p>Coming away with a new favorite song is part of the Muny tradition for thousands of St. Louis families. But some families are taking home more than a catchy tune — they’re also leaving with paychecks.</p><p>Five members of the Heet family have worked at the Muny as ushers. Two are still on the job. Alex Heet, 21, is a college student in her fifth summer at the Muny. Her sister, Sarah, 18, is ushering for a third year.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:51:06 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment Where Are The Fireworks? We Map Options For Viewing On Independence Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/where-are-fireworks-we-map-options-viewing-independence-day <p>For many, fireworks are a staple part of celebrating the Fourth of July. If watching the night sky light up is part of your holiday tradition, you’re in luck: the St. Louis area hosts several public events.</p><p>Tasmyn Front has been living in St. Louis for 12 years. She says that fireworks aren’t the only attraction to consider when deciding on a venue.</p><p>“There’s a lot of waiting before the show starts,” said Front. “Ultimately it's only 20 minutes so you want it to be worth the wait.”</p><p>Music, food and activities for the kids are standard at most venues.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:46:37 +0000 Parth Shah 37567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Where Are The Fireworks? We Map Options For Viewing On Independence Day St. Louis Has Fewer Catholics But Does That Signal Decline? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-has-fewer-catholics-does-signal-decline <p>Institutional religions are losing members to those who claim to be “unaffiliated,” people who are often religious or spiritual in some way but don’t belong to an institution. Nearly one in five of U.S. adults are “unaffiliated” <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/09/nones-on-the-rise/" target="_blank">according to the Pew Research Center</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:50:21 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 37694 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Has Fewer Catholics But Does That Signal Decline? Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-things-you-need-know-about-transportation-tax <p>Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit.&nbsp;</p><p>The stakes are high. Supporters say Missouri needs more money for its aging transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenue dwindling and federal funding uncertain, some policymakers see the sales tax as a guaranteed way to fund transportation needs.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:11:42 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax Parents Of Normandy Transfer Students Wait To See If Districts Will Follow Francis Howell’s Lead http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/parents-normandy-transfer-students-wait-see-if-districts-will-follow-francis-howell-s-lead <p>Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program.&nbsp;</p><p>“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 01:43:58 +0000 Tim Lloyd 37417 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Parents Of Normandy Transfer Students Wait To See If Districts Will Follow Francis Howell’s Lead 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-am-i-supposed-do-ask-some-parents-normandy <p>While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question:</p><p>Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts?</p><p>The Stacey family lives in the Normandy school district, and last summer, Stacey took advantage of the state law that lets students living in unaccredited districts enroll in nearby accredited ones. She enrolled Jonathan in kindergarten in Ritenour.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:25:06 +0000 Dale Singer & Tim Lloyd 37281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy Horseradish Roots Run Deep In The Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/horseradish-roots-run-deep-metro-east <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a pretty good chance that the jar of horseradish you have in the refrigerator has its origins in farms located just across the river from St. Louis.</span></p><p>St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois produce the lion's share of horseradish in the U.S. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just 16 growers in Illinois harvest horseradish from 1,779 acres, accounting for about 60 percent of the nation's horseradish. Nationally, only about 3,100 acres are in horseradish production.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:43:04 +0000 Maria Altman 36747 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Horseradish Roots Run Deep In The Metro East As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-rolls-out-gay-marriage-edwardsville-couple-take-advantage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same sex couples in Illinois will be lining up to receive marriage licenses Monday after gay marriage officially became legal across the state Sunday. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The marriage equality bill that passed in 2013 went into effect June 1, although a judge’s ruling prompted a handful of counties to issue marriage licenses earlier than that.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 36634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-family-year-early-mornings-and-long-drives-draws-close <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s just after 7 a.m., and </span>SheRon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chaney already has her family packed into an SUV and ready for school.</span></p><p>“On a good day like today, I’m hoping it only takes about 35 minutes,” she said.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:10:48 +0000 Tim Lloyd 36235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close