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Honoring Mandela
3:29 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

St. Louis Nonprofit Honors Mandela Legacy In First Annual Celebration

Nelson Mandela, 2008. The United Nations recognized July 18th as Nelson Mandela Day in 2009. This is the first time the day is being celebrated, since his passing in Dec. of last year. (via Wikimedia Common/'South Africa The Good News')

The African Diaspora Council Inc. is holding its first annual Nelson Mandela celebration this weekend. The event marks Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday. 

The African Diaspora Council’s event includes a dinner, a cultural performance, a 6K run and a soccer tournament.  

The tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, will feature four teams representing different countries.  The teams will consist of players of varying African descent and other local community members.

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Student Transfers
1:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)

Even though the University City School Board has voted to change course and accept students who are qualified to transfer from Normandy, uncertainty surrounding the transfers remains.

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Jazz Unlimited
12:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 3: World War II and It's Aftermath

Charlie Menees 1970's
Photographer Unknown Courtesy of the Menees family

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, July 20 will feature “The Jazz History of St. Louis, Part 3: World War II and Its Aftermath."  The period saw the formation of the George Hudson Orchestra and the early careers of Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Ernie Wilkins, Charles Fox, Chris Woods, Velma Middleton and Arvell Shaw.  Some of the rare recordings include the recording debut of Wendell Marshall, two tunes recorded by Jimmy Forrest at the Bolo Club, a recording by the Tommy Dean Band, a V-disc recording by Clark Terry and His Section Eights, a recording made in St.

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U.S. Supeme Court
11:14 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access

Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may not be as big a threat to contraceptive coverage for women as it first appeared.

After a few weeks of legal sleuthing, several leading Supreme Court experts think the court has signaled it will approve a compromise to provide free contraceptive coverage to women who work for companies and religious nonprofits that object to the coverage on religion grounds.

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Week In Review
11:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Rundown: From Money To Art To Scams -- Not To Mention A Trip To The Moon

Credit (via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz

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.

Show me the money

Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done

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Congress
1:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him

Todd Akin
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Todd Akin’s new book is entitled “Firing Back.’’ But based on the former St. Louis area congressman’s  interviews over the past week, an equally descriptive title could be “No Apology.”

Two years after losing a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate, Akin is arguably more passionate than ever as he defends the message that landed him in hot water in 2012.

The immortal phrase in question: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Consumer News
10:18 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Credit Wikipedia | government photo

Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.

Here are four recent alerts worth noting:

1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.

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The Unbanked
10:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done

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(Updated at 10:45 am Friday to reflect that Gateway Bank did open additional locations.)

Think about everything you spend money on in a month. There’s housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, a night out with friends here and there.

Now imagine paying for all of those things without using a debit card or check.  

That would put you among the ranks of the unbanked. In 2012, the term applied to 10 percent of the population in the St. Louis metro area. Local groups want to get 20,000 of them a bank account by the middle of 2015.

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News Quiz
10:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

News Quiz for July 18, 2014

Were you paying attention to St. Louis Public Radio this week?

Take our quiz below, then come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.

Commentary
10:08 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio

Michel Martin
Credit Doby Photography / NPR

With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.

I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.

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