Death Penalty
10:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Missouri Used Midazolam In Its Most Recent Execution

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Missouri used a considerable amount of sedatives on the last inmate it executed before it injected its lethal drug, records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio show. Chemical logs show the state used the controversial drug midazolam for the first time since its use was revealed months ago.

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Population Trends
10:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Reputation And The Economy Explain Why Latinos In St. Louis Are Comparatively Few

Dancers perform at the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
Camille Phillips | St.Louis Public Radio

At Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in St. Ann, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is cause for major celebration. The north St. Louis County church honored the patron saint of Mexico last month with a special mass attended by more than 300 people, many of them Hispanic.

When the church bell struck noon, the parishioners processed around the church with an icon of the patron saint, singing songs in Spanish, led by a mariachi band. Inside the sanctuary, dancers in red moved to the beat of a drum, and the priest gave a blessing to the children.

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10:32 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Editor's Weekly: What I Learned From The Overland Rotary

Credit Margaret Wolf Freivogel

It was still dark when the Rotary Club of Overland gathered Wednesday morning at Russo’s restaurant on Page. At a time when north St. Louis County is in the international spotlight for what’s wrong, the meeting cast a sliver of light on what’s right.

In the months since Michael Brown’s death at the hands of then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, North County has been at the center of a debate of cosmic proportions. It concerns long-simmering, wide-ranging issues of race, fairness and opportunity.

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10:29 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Jo Ann Harmon Arnold: Emerson Executive Became One Of Region’s Top Corporate Philanthropists

Jo Ann Harmon Arnold
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Jo Ann Harmon Arnold rose from temporary secretary to top executive at Emerson Electric Co. More than three decades after her arrival, she explained why she stayed.

“Interesting, challenging work to do with a lot of responsibility is a hard combination to walk away from,” she told the St. Louis Business Journal in 1999.

She began in Emerson’s human resources department. As she moved steadily through the ranks, Mrs. Arnold said each opportunity seemed “more exciting than the next.”

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Politics & Issues
8:48 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Debate Begins On Traffic Revenue Limits In Missouri Legislature

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Legislation to cap the amount of revenue from traffic fines cities and towns in Missouri can include in their budgets is getting early attention in this year's regular session.

Under the current law, known as the Macks Creek law, local municipalities can receive up to 30 percent of their income from speeding tickets and other traffic citations.  That would drop to 10 percent if the proposed measure becomes law. 

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8:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Nixon Proposes Expanding Hands-On Learning In Science, Technology

Gov. Jay Nixon sits with school children from Marion Elementary School as they discuss the school's "Lead the Way," program.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI UPI

Gov. Jay Nixon sat in the library of Marion Elementary School in the Ritenour School District as fifth graders learned about the robots they would build this semester.

The class is part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit that uses hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The overwhelming number of Missouri schools with PLTW programs offer it only at the high school level. Nixon was at the school to promote his plan to expand this type of learning into 350 grade-school classrooms across the state.  

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Response To Terrorist Attacks
8:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

To Combat Boko Haram, St. Louis Nigerian Group Turns To Ballot Box

Egbe Omo Yoruba of Greater St. Louis held a "Bring Back Our Girls" peace rally at the downtown Central Library last May, after the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 200 girls in Nigeria.
Credit Courtesy St. Louis County

A St. Louis-based group of Nigerians is condemning recent terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria not through public demonstrations here, but by encouraging voting there.

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Ty McNichols
6:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Normandy School Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent Ty McNichols
Credit Courtesy Normandy School District

(Updated at 9:32 p.m. with Pearson quotes, resignation statement from McNichols)

Normandy school superintendent Ty McNichols resigned from his post Thursday night after the state-appointed board that runs the district made plans to begin a search for someone to serve in his job.

Charles Pearson, a retired educator who had been serving as chairman of the five-member Joint Executive Governing Board, will take over as interim superintendent. He resigned from the board and was replaced as board president by Andrea Terhune.

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Strictly Politics
5:44 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Zweifel Sounds Alarm Bells Over Obama's Changes To 529 Plans

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is speaking out against President Barack Obama's plan to tax 529 disbursements. He says it would provide a disincentive for people to use the plans that help families save for college.
Credit File photo by Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

When President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address earlier this week, reaction was pretty predictable: Most Democrats liked the speech, while Republicans were generally less favorable. 

But in the flurry of emailed statements from politicians that flooded reporters’ in boxes, one stood out: Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat, criticized part of the president’s proposal to streamline higher education incentives.

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March for Life
5:43 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Abortion Debate Could Figure In Future Senate Race In Missouri

St. Louis had a large contingent at the March for Life in D.C.
Credit Jim Howard | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri General Assembly may be taking a break from handling major anti-abortion legislation, but that’s not necessarily true in Washington – and that could have an impact on Missouri’s 2018 contest for the U.S. Senate.

The drama in the U.S. House centered on its decision to drop plans to vote Thursday on an abortion ban after 20 weeks, as thousands of abortion opponents participated in the annual March for Life to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing most abortions.

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