Death Penalty
5:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri Executes Sixth Inmate In Six Months

Credit California Department of Corrections

William Rousan, 57, was put to death this morning for killing a couple, Grace and Charles Lewis, at a southeast Missouri farm in 1993.

It was the state's sixth execution in six months -- a dramatic uptick from years past. According to our examination, Missouri will set a record next month when it carries out seven straight months of executions.

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Normandy's future
5:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Normandy Task Force Ponders How District Will Be Governed

Normandy High School
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

The task force considering the future of the Normandy School District began getting more specific about options Tuesday, including what kind of board should govern the district and whether it should be elected or appointed.

After meeting for more than an hour in closed session with Mark Van Zandt, the general counsel for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the panel began talking about various scenarios:

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Harris-Stowe president
5:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Harris-Stowe Names Dwaun Warmack New President

Dwaun Warmack
Credit Harris-Stowe State University

Updated at 8:25 am Wednesday to correct the name of the institution where Warmack currently works. It is Bethune-Cookman University.

Harris-Stowe State University Tuesday announced the selection of Dwaun Warmack, a senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., as its new president.

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Education
5:07 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri Tax Cut Could Cost Some Districts 20 Percent Of Their State Appropriation

When the Missouri General Assembly passed its tax cut bill, SB509, the Missouri School Boards Association released a chart showing how much money each of the state's school districts stood to lose if the bill became law. The chart compares the difference between Nixon's recommended level of funding for each district and the lower appropriation request that would result as a result of the tax cuts — a total of $223 million statewide.

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Zoo-Museum District
4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs

The Zoo-Museum District supports the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Zoo
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.

Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.

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Wildlife Conservation
3:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New St. Louis Initiative Encourages Residents To Plant "Milkweeds For Monarchs"

A female monarch collects nectar from a milkweed flower.
Lincoln Brower

The City of St. Louis and several partners are launching a project to help monarch butterflies.

It involves encouraging area residents to plant milkweeds -- a plant with large fruit pods that release fluffy seeds in the fall.

The Saint Louis Zoo is one of the partners in the “Milkweeds for Monarchs” initiative, along with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The zoo's curator of invertebrates, Edward Spevak, says milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival.

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Boeing to reduce workforce
3:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Boeing Seeks 'Voluntary Layoffs'

Boeing's FA-18 Super Hornet.
Credit (U.S. Navy/ by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen G. Hale II/Released)

Boeing Defense, Space & Security is looking to shed employees.

About 12,000 non-union employees based in the St. Louis area received emails Tuesday morning informing workers that it is seeking people for voluntary layoffs.

Not all of those workers will be eligible for a buyout and Boeing did not specify how many people they are hoping will take the deal.

The layoffs are targeted toward middle and senior managers and certain specialists, according to Boeing Communications Manager Forrest Gossett. 

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Edward R. Murrow Awards
11:34 am
Tue April 22, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd Honored; KMOX, KMOV, KSDK Also Win Awards

St. Louis Public Radio education reporter Tim Lloyd is the winner of three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Tuesday that St. Louis Public Radio's education reporter Tim Lloyd is the winner of three regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

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The Rundown
9:35 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: The Wrath of Cabs

The pink mustache of a Lyft car. They've been forced to stop business in St. Louis for now. But in other places, lawmakers are finding a way to make new car sharing services work.
Credit (Flickr/Alfredo Mendez)

A maroon car with a pink mustache drove past me this weekend when I was out walking the dog. It was not a car trying to make a fashion statement. It was one of the new Lyft drivers who put the distinctive pink mustache on her car’s grille as an indicator that she is open for business.

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Education
9:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Mining Data For Student Success

Credit (via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

More and more school districts in St. Louis and across the nation are looking through data for ways to improve student success. In addition, the latest state education standards, MSIP5, place a greater emphasis on tracking the progress of individual students.

Assistant Superintendent for Ferguson-Florissant Farhad Jadali monitors student data for his school district -- and more than 30 other school systems across the state.

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