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Wildlife
1:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

That Strange Cloud Over St. Louis Last Week? Migrating Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies fill the skies at their overwintering grounds in Mexico.
Credit Lincoln Brower

Last Friday, the St. Louis office of the National Weather Service picked up something pretty unusual on its radars.

As first reported by Citylab’s John Metcalfe, meteorologists detected a cloud-like formation that kept moving around and changing into odd shapes. After some analysis, they concluded that the “cloud” was in fact a giant swarm of monarch butterflies, headed south on its annual migration to Mexico.

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Marijuana Legalization
12:50 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

How Much Could Missouri Make From Legalizing Pot?

Credit (via Flickr/peter.a photography)

Illinois legalized medical marijuana in January. Missouri lawmakers tossed around a few marijuana bills in their last session. Voters in Alaska, Florida, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will cast ballots in November on marijuana initiatives.

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Law Enforcement & Mental Health
12:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Five More Questions With Sgt. Jeremy Romo On St. Louis Mental Health Officers

Along with mental health advocates and law enforcement officials, St. Louis County Police Sergeant Jeremy Romo coordinates the St. Louis-Area Crisis Intervention Team program.

The program trains officers to respond to people in a mental health crisis. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reported for NPR Tuesday morning, the need for this service becomes more pronounced as funding for mental health services declines in many communities.  

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Festivals
11:06 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Fewer Savored Taste Of St. Louis This Year

Credit Provided by Taste of St. Louis

Some returning restaurants reported lower attendance at this year’s Taste of St. Louis, which was held this past weekend. Some restaurateurs attributed the lower attendance to the festival's new location in Chesterfield. Mike Kociela estimated 250,000 people came through the event, which was down by an estimated 50,000 or 100,000.

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Community Conversation
1:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Justice Department's Ferguson Town Hall Is A Ferguson-Only Conversation

Ferguson residents wait to enter Wellspring Church for the town hall meeting.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

The focus Monday night was on clearing up misconceptions about Ferguson at the first of a series of residents-only town hall meetings.

Afterwards, some participants said they appreciated the chance to talk freely with neighbors and public officials. Others thought little progress was made.

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Unaccredited School Districts
9:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Riverview Gardens Lays Out Plan For School Improvement

Sixth-grader Toni Marie Young listens to a math lesson at Westview Middle School during the 2013-14 school year.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

State education officials were in north St. Louis County Monday evening, getting an update on steps the Riverview Gardens School District is taking toward ramping up classroom success.

The unaccredited district had a 16.8 percentage point improvement on its state report card for last year, but that was 4.6 percentage points shy of the provisionally accredited range.

To earn a step up in its accreditation status, Superintendent Scott Spurgeon laid out a series of goals for the district in areas that ranged from college and career readiness to reading assessments.

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On The Trail
9:51 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Policymakers Eye Big Changes To Missouri's Municipal Courts

Meldon Moffitt says he had a bad experience paying a municipal fine in Jennings. Policymakers from across the political spectrum may change how cities administer their municipal courts.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson resident Meldon Moffitt is part of a hardy group of protesters known as the Lost Voices, mostly young people willing to sleep on the street to get justice for Michael Brown’s family.

Moffitt said he believes more than just Ferguson needs to change. He said, for example, he received a stiff fine in Jennings for driving on a suspended license, even though he said he had paperwork clearing up the matter.

It’s part of what of what Moffitt says is as an unfair system affecting African Americans like himself.

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Politically Speaking
9:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: Wieland On His Race Against Roorda — And His Contraception Lawsuit

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s mid-term election season is in full swing. And that means it’s time to interview the candidates in some of the state’s most competitive electoral contests. 

State Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to discuss his bid for the 22nd District state Senate seat. Wieland is running against state Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, for the open Jefferson County-based seat.

(Roorda is slated to appear on next week’s episode of Politically Speaking.)

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Recorder of Deeds
8:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Nixon Orders State Audit Of St. Louis' Recorder Of Deeds Office

Sharon Q. Carpenter, former STL Recorder of Deeds.
Credit City of St. Louis

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered state Auditor Tom Schweich to conduct an audit of the office of the St. Louis recorder of deeds.

In a brief written statement issued Monday, Nixon gave no explanation or reason for the audit. Schweich also issued a short statement Monday, saying that he and his office "plan to move forward with the audit as requested."  On Tuesday, a spokesman for Schweich added that the audit "will not be completed or released by Election Day."

The contest for recorder of deeds may be the most contentious race in the city of St. Louis this November.

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Developing
7:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Live Updates: Ferguson and Beyond

Protests continued in Ferguson on the evening of September 26, 2014.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

    

This is where you can find the latest updates from our newsroom and reliable community sources on reaction to the police-involved fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Live Updates (better version for mobile users):

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