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Student Transfers
10:42 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy

Ritenour is the latest school district, after Francis Howell, Ferguson-Florissant and University City, to decide not to accept transfer students from Normandy.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

The Ritenour school district has become the latest to decide it will not allow students who live in Normandy to transfer there in the coming school year.

The decision, announced Thursday night after a Ritenour board meeting, means that 78 students who had applied to transfer from Normandy will not be able to attend an accredited district when classes resume next month.

In a statement released late Thursday night, the board said:
 

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Cityscape
10:28 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Today on Cityscape: Soundbites - Where Can You Find A Good Vietnamese Dish In St. Louis?

Host Steve Potter and Qui Tran prepare for today's segment at Mai Lee.
Credit Ligaya Figueras

Will be updated after the show.

St. Louis currently boasts about 17 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurant, in 1985.

On this month’s Sound Bites, Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran will discuss the evolution of the local Vietnamese dining scene, the hallmarks of Vietnamese cuisine and look back on how Tran’s family business has shaped his career.

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Cityscape
9:59 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Today on Cityscape: St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

Sarah Paulsen's film "Elegy to Connie" is also playing in the showcase.
Credit Sarah Paulsen

Will be updated following the show. 

First, on Cityscape we will talk with Chris Clark, artistic director of Cinema St. Louis about Cinema St. Louis' 2014 Filmmaker's Showcase.

We will also be joined by two of the filmmakers with work in this year’s showcase, Eric Wilkinson, media developer at the Missouri History Museum and director of "A Portrait of St. Louis at 250 Years" and Mike Rohlfing, the director of “EVT.” Rohlfing’s film will be show on July 14th and Wilkinson’s will be shown on July 17th.

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August 5 Primary
1:58 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism

Chris Koster
Credit (Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s decision to endorse the proposed “Right To Farm’’ constitutional amendment is resurrecting a split within Democratic ranks over the issue – and him.

Koster, a Republican-turned-Democrat, now is seen as the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.  He also has become the de facto leader of the state Democratic Party, in part because he’s currently the party’s largest single donor.

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Missouri Botanical Garden
11:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Artist To Explain How 300,000 LEGOs Became Climatron Surprises

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Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Everybody thinks their own kids are geniuses when they make cars, castles and the occasional bridge out of LEGOs. But a New York artist has truly transformed what must’ve been the world’s largest LEGO set into 25 nature-themed sculptures.

Sean Kenney’s traveling exhibit currently occupies the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron, posing behind plants, crouching over the soil and waiting to be discovered.

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Fighting Food Insecurity
11:20 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles

Twigs volunteer Rosina Denkyirah set up her folding chair and cooler on a vacant lot in Granite City owned by the city. The little girl was with her mother.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

It takes just a moment to hand a child a sack lunch, but it is THE moment -- the one that matters – for the volunteers with Twigs, a program that feeds children from financially struggling families in the summertime in Granite City.

You’ll find the volunteers in their bright yellow shirts at 11 designated spots -- street corners, parks and churches -- from 11:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday, rain or shine, starting the day after school lets out for summer vacation and until it opens again.

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11:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

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Books And Votes
8:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reads to toddlers at Kirkwood Public Library on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Story hour at Kirkwood Public Library had a guest reader on Thursday. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stopped by as part of a tour spotlighting the early literacy initiative "Racing to Read."

Earlier this year, public libraries throughout Missouri were invited to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in federal funds set aside by the Secretary of State’s office to help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn to read.

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State Exercise
8:53 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Show-Me State is designating the jumping jack as its official exercise in honor of the U.S. Army's second highest-ranked general.

Gen. John Pershing, who was from Laclede, Missouri, is credited with inventing the exercise while training cadets at West Point before WWI.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 669 bill Thursday, which was sponsored by State Rep. Pat Conway of St. Joseph.

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St. Louis On The Air
5:02 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fielding Complaints & Compliments: A Conversation With NPR's Outgoing Ombudsman

Edward Schumacher-Matos
Credit NPR

Edward Schumacher-Matos ends his tenure as NPR's ombudsman at the end of the month, after a three-year stint fielding the complaints, compliments and suggestions of the NPR audience.

During an exit interview on St. Louis on the Air, Schumacher-Matos explained that having a set end date with no contract renewals allows an ombudsman to retain his independence.

Previously, Schumacher-Matos served as ombudsman for The Miami Herald, founded four Spanish-language daily newspapers and held several senior positions at The New York Times.

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