Piper Kerman
9:57 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Author Hints At New Season, Talks Reform, On Way To STL

Piper Kerman
Credit Sam Zalutsky

Will Piper get back with Larry? Will Alex return to Litchfield Prison? If she does, will Piper be able to resist her charming nemesis?

“Orange Is the New Black” author Piper Kerman answered one of these questions and hinted at another in an interview, prior to her upcoming St. Louis appearances at Lindenwood University on Tuesday and Maryville University on Wednesday and Thursday, co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

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On The Trail
9:53 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Amid Anger Over Brown's Death, A Structurally Limited Mayor Vows To Make Changes

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and NPR's Michel Martin at a public forum St. Louis Public Radio convened Aug. 28.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren, St. Louis Public Radio

It’s fair to say that Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III has broken the mold for elected leaders in north St. Louis County.    

When he was first elected to his post in 2011, Knowles became one of the youngest mayors in the state. He is also one of the few Republicans who managed to electorally prevail in the heavily Democratic area. And he’s probably the only elected official in Missouri who emerged victorious in an amateur wrestling match against Randy Orton, a north St. Louis County native who became a famous professional wrestler.

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9:51 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

The Killing Of Michael Brown: The Limits Of Federal And Civil Power

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The federal government is sharply limited in what it can do to address a police killing such as the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

A tiny handful of allegations of police brutality are prosecuted and the burden of proof is extremely high. Courts give police the benefit of the doubt, not wanting to second-guess decisions made in the “heat of battle.”

The Justice Department also can bring a civil “pattern and practice” suit against a police department aimed at changing policies and procedures that may have contributed to a shooting.

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Bike sharing plan
8:21 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Survey Asks How St. Louis Residents Would Use A Bike Share System

St. Louis residents can weigh in on whether they want a bike share system in the area, similar to New York City's Citi Bike program.
Credit (Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Bike Share Study)

Local residents still have a chance to weigh in on a possible bike share plan for St. Louis.

Great Rivers Greenway District has been working with the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Metro Transit and other groups since last spring to study the feasibility of such a cycle sharing system here.

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St. Louis Dance Community
10:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

STL Dancers Putting Their Spin On Ferguson And Michael Brown’s Death

Keith Williams and Sara Burke led dancers who came together to discuss what they could do in the aftermath of Ferguson.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

In the early 1990s, choreographer Bill T. Jones sought to illuminate the AIDS crisis using the language he knows best: dance. Now, the St. Louis-area dance community is seeking to respond with movement to issues unearthed by Michael Brown’s death.

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Economy & Innovation
9:57 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Tour To Celebrate Entrepreneurship Coming To St. Louis

Steve Case talks with entrepreneurs at a Rise of the Rest stop in Pittsburgh earlier this year.
Credit AlphaLab Startup Accelerator

A bus tour highlighting Midwestern startup communities will roll into St. Louis this fall. 

The Rise of the Rest Road Tour is spearheaded by AOL’s former CEO Steve Case, and includes several investment firms, including Revolution, which Case founded in 2005.

The tour will feature a startup pitch competition in each city with the winners getting a $100,000 investment from Case. In St. Louis, that competition will take place at T-REX, a downtown co-working space and technology incubator, on Oct. 10.

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New Madrid Fault
9:54 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

After Napa, Missourians Weigh Costs of Earthquake Insurance

National Seismic Hazard map of the continental United States, released in July of 2014. This view measures peak ground acceleration.
Credit United States Geological Survey

Last week, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Napa, Calif. ripped through a region where less than 6 percent of homeowners and renters have earthquake insurance.

Could the same thing happen along the New Madrid Fault in southeastern Missouri?

Statewide, about one-third of Missourians are insured against earthquakes. But those who live in the most earthquake-prone areas are much less likely to have coverage.

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Canned Goods And Good Intentions
6:28 am
Sun August 31, 2014

This Is Ferguson: Church Food Pantry Doing Its 'Little Bit Of Good'

Donations to help Ferguson have been pouring into the food pantry at St. Stephen's.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

A narrow hallway in the parish center at St. Stephen’s and The Vine Church in Ferguson is crammed full of good intentions: cans of corn and green beans, tuna and soup, bottles of water, boxes of macaroni and cheese.

Donations have been pouring into the little volunteer food pantry housed at the Episcopal church on North Clay Avenue since a local TV station mentioned it on the news. People have come from all over St. Louis, from Fenton and Alton and Belleville to drop off canned goods they’ve collected in food drives for Ferguson held at businesses, universities and churches.

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Three Weeks After The Death Of Michael Brown
6:25 am
Sun August 31, 2014

National March On Ferguson Draws Huge Crowds, Displays Wide Range Of Viewpoints

During the National March on Ferguson, the crowd pauses for prayers at the memorial for Michael Brown on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
Credit Emanuele Berry / St. Louis Public Radio

A crowd of more than a thousand gathered in Ferguson Saturday, responding to a national call to march in memory of Michael Brown.

The huge crowd milled chaotically at first. Then once Michael Brown’s family arrived, the group moved out to the beat of drums and the call of competing chants.

From the street corner where the QuikTrip burned, the crowd marched to the site where Michael Brown died. There, a group wearing black peacekeeper shirts circled the family while an Imam and a preacher prayed.

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Freedom Summer
10:08 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Update: A Modern Freedom Ride To St. Louis County

Riders from nearly 20 different states meet at St. john United Church of Christ.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 8/30 9 p.m.

Just as the Freedom Riders for the 1960s found shelter in a church, so did the modern Freedom Riders who made their way to St. Louis this weekend.

Nearly 300 young activist from 20 states gathered at St. John United Church of Christ this weekend to kick off their weekend of activism in St. Louis. The group heard speeches from local activists, including St. Louis rapper and activist Tef Poe.

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