News http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reed-delays-board-vote-bond-issue-st-louis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is unlikely to vote on a $200 million bond issue until after the August primary election. That's because Board president Lewis Reed put a temporary kibosh on bill by tabling any discussion of the issue.</span></p><p>Reed cited a litany of reasons for the delay, including the need to continue negotiations with the mayor's office and fine-tune the bill.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:22:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-recorder-deeds-steps-down-running-re-election <p>St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter, the city’s longest-serving current citywide official, is stepping down from office amid a probe into whether she violated the state’s nepotism law.</p><p>But Carpenter is expected to seek election to a new term in a few weeks – and she still has the endorsement of Mayor Francis Slay.</p><p>The nepotism ban only applies to her current term, which ends in December. It does not bar her from seeking the office again.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:04:50 +0000 Jo Mannies 37995 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds Steps Down -- But Is Running For Re-Election St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-celebrates-local-films-filmmaker-showcase <p></p><p>Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year, <a href="http://www.cinemastlouis.org/" target="_blank">Cinema St. Louis</a> gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:12:42 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37976 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-has-definition-sculpture-changed <p>The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:11:57 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 37928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed? From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/toasted-ravioli-spring-rolls-story-one-st-louis-first-vietnamese-restaurants <p>St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:41:21 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37977 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants Partnership Spawns New KIPP School http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/partnership-spawns-new-kipp-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rodney Norman grew up in the St. Louis neighborhood near Mitchell School, though he didn’t go there, and he knows what the closure of the school did to the area near Page and </span>Goodfellow<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Now, say Norman and his wife, Juanita, they know what the reopening of the building, as the KIPP Victory Academy for 200 students in kindergarten and first grade, will mean when classes begin next month.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:15:52 +0000 Dale Singer 37984 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Partnership Spawns New KIPP School The Rundown: 'Right To Farm,' Food For Lunch And Family Business http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rundown-right-farm-food-lunch-and-family-business <p>We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.</p><p><strong>Primary election 2014</strong></p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/would-right-farm-ballot-question-protect-family-farms-or-ag-corporations">Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:08:59 +0000 Susan Hegger 37904 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Rundown: 'Right To Farm,' Food For Lunch And Family Business Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-are-lunchtime-dance-parties-popping-around-st-louis <p>On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.</p><p>Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.</p><p></p><p>“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.</p><p>Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:51:16 +0000 Alex Heuer & Kyle Jacoby 37978 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ritenour-rejects-further-transfers-normandy <p>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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />In a statement released late Thursday night, the board said:<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:42:50 +0000 Dale Singer 37980 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kosters-support-right-farm-prompts-praise-and-criticism <p>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.</p><p>Koster, a Republican-turned-Democrat, now is seen as the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2016.&nbsp; He also has become the de facto leader of the state Democratic Party, in part <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-takes-charge-he-gives-100000-missouri-democratic-party">because he’s currently the party’s largest single donor.</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:58:23 +0000 Jo Mannies 37964 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster's Support For 'Right To Farm' Prompts Praise And Criticism