State Learning Standards
9:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Common Core Groups Begin Finding Common Ground

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

As Missouri’s state board of education gets ready to hold the first of three mandated hearings on new standards for public schools, members of the groups charged with writing the standards say politics is starting to take a back seat to education.

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Planning A Movement
9:14 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Amnesty International Panel: If Ferguson Is To Become A Movement, What Are The Next Steps?

The panelists of "Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?" at the Amnesty International Midwest Conference: Ferguson Township Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, St. Louis Association of Black Psychologist President Marva Robinson, SLU Law professor Brendan Roediger, Tef Poe, Maalik Shakoor and Jarris Williams.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

To many on the ground in Ferguson, calls to action have evolved into a movement over the past two months. A panel of local organizers discussed what shape that movement should take Sunday at Amnesty International’s Midwest Conference.

The six panelists represented a range of experience—from the political to the legal and psychological—but they all had one thing in common:  a desire for change in the wake of the death of Michael Brown.

For Hands Up United activist and rapper Tef Poe, that means organizing – while leaving space for differences of opinion.

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Neighborhood Development
9:14 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Voices From Old North St. Louis: The Area Continues To Grow

Reopening what had been a pedestrian mall on 14th Street brought new opportunity to Old North St. Louis.
Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Conversations about the Old North St. Louis neighborhood are starting to center around more than Crown Candy.

Make no mistake, the chocolate malts at Crown Candy remain as delicious as ever, but other things are happening in the neighborhood bordered by Palm Street on the north, Cass Avenue on the south, Howard Street on the east, and North Florissant on the west. 

To get an idea of what is happening we talked with families who live there as well as the head of the neighborhood association and people involved with Washington University's Land Lab.

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Paying For Education
9:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Commentary: Does Missouri Need A Lottery? Yes

Credit Missouri Lottery website

State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, advances an interesting proposition: eliminate the Missouri State Lottery. More than 40 states have lotteries; and 23, including Missouri, use the funds to finance K through 12 education.

His plan is to place a referendum on the 2016 ballot for the voters to decide.

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Experimental Music
9:05 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Underground Music Institution Apop Records Closes Monday

Tiffany Minx
Credit File photo | St. Louis Beacon

Early this month Tiffany Minx announced on Facebook the closing of her independent music shop Apop Records. The store will close this Monday. Although Minx has stressed a desire to look to the future, some fans are mourning the loss of an integral part of the St. Louis music scene.

“It’s just a major loss,” said Matthew Stuttler, who runs a cassette tape music label distributed online and at Apop.

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Open Carry
11:22 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Firearm Activists Walk Armed Through Downtown St. Louis

Open-carry proponents demonstrate their new right to openly carry firearms in St. Louis on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 29 to include organizer participant count.

Dozens of people armed with hand guns and long guns gathered in downtown St. Louis Saturday to put new Missouri gun laws to the test. With guns slung across chests and strapped to hips, the group walked from CityGarden to the Gateway Arch.  According to event organizers, 72 open-carry supporters participated in the event.

But first, they spent about an hour talking amongst themselves and to passersby.

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The Muny
2:24 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

2015 Muny Season Takes Us 'Into the Woods' And Out On The Plains

Credit The Muny

The St. Louis Muny has announced its 2015 season, which includes three shows that are new to its stage.

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Jazz Unlimited
10:02 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Keys and Strings Hour+Tributes to Paul Horn, Frankie Dunlop and Joe Sample+New Music

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Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The October 26 Jazz Unlimited will be in three parts.

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8:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ken Haller Celebrates His 60th Birthday With ‘Mama’s Boy’

Ken Haller

Ken Haller is a pediatrician in his day job.  But in his spare time, he is a cabaret singer.  Following the success of his previous shows “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “The TV Show,” Haller will celebrate his 60th birthday with “Mama’s Boy,” part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival series.

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Clean Water Act
6:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

EPA Approves Missouri's New Water Quality Standards, But Do They Go Far Enough?

The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Missouri Ozarks are among the most pristine in the state. The U.S. EPA has recommended that Missouri designate waters with particularly diverse or rare aquatic species as "exceptional aquatic habitat," which would provide them with a higher level of protection.
Credit National Parks Service

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a major overhaul of Missouri's water quality standards.

The state approved the new regulations in November but needed federal approval to start enforcing them.

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