Normandy School District
9:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers

Missouri's education commissioner is hoping that the change from the Normandy School District to the Normandy Schools Collective brings success.
Stephanie Zimmerman

Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

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On The Trail
10:12 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted

Tod Martin, left, and David Gray speak at a press conference last week. St. Louis officials married the couple last week, sparking a challenge -- and public reflection -- of the state's gay marraige ban.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.

While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, 20-word ban on gay marriage.

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Primary Election 2014
10:11 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit. 

The stakes are high. Supporters say Missouri needs more money for its aging transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenue dwindling and federal funding uncertain, some policymakers see the sales tax as a guaranteed way to fund transportation needs.

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Bioscience
5:41 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study: Missouri Spends Lion's Share Of Research Funds On Bioscience

Credit breahn / Flickr

Missouri spends a greater share of its academic research money on biosciences than any other state in the nation, according to the latest study from Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The study finds that, in 2012, the state’s research universities devoted 85 percent, or about $895 million dollars, to academic bioscience research, compared with 61 percent for the national average.

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Cityscape
8:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season

Riccardo Iannello as Alfredo and Zulimar López-Hernández as Violetta in Union Avenue Opera's production of 'La Traviata'
Credit Union Avenue Opera

When Union Avenue Opera opens its 2014 season on July 11 with Verdi’s La Traviata, it will be with a company that is vastly different than the one that mounted its first production 20 years ago. UAO founding artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recalled that he had just finished his degree, wanted a chance to conduct and knew a number of singers who needed work. He had just moved to St. Louis to take the position as music director of Union Avenue Christian Church and the church encouraged him to mount an opera there.

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Cityscape
8:03 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Sheldon Presents Photos Of St. Louis At 250 Years

Focus On St. Louis, 2013 (Amateur)
Nic Tullis

The Sheldon has its own way of celebrating St. Louis’ birthday. Its new exhibit "The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs" stemmed from a city-wide photo contest the Sheldon launched with the Beacon (now part of St. Louis Public Radio) that received over 500 entries. Focusing on photos of the city as it is today, the exhibit is a companion to the Sheldon's “Imagining the Founding of St. Louis.” Together, they offer a then and now view for the city’s 250th celebration.

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Cityscape
7:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals

Peter Martin and Friends at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Whitaker Jazz Series
Credit Romondo Davis

Web marketer Romondo Davis and his wife love to go to concerts so frequently take advantage of the many free concerts offered in the St. Louis area.  After frequent posts on Facebook about concerts they attended, a friend suggested  that they start a website promoting them.

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Primary Election 2014
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dooley Switches Gears On Debates As Sparring Continues Over Ad

Steve Stenger (left) and Charlie Dooley
Credit candidate photos

After weeks of resisting debates, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is now calling for a debate with his Democratic rivals just days before the Aug. 5 primary.

In a release sent out Friday afternoon, the Dooley campaign called for a debate for the morning of July 31 or Aug. 1 – a Thursday or Friday – that would include County Councilman Steve Stenger and the other Democrat who has filed, Ronald E. Levy.

(Levy has not returned repeated calls from St. Louis Public Radio. He previously has run for office as a Democrat and as a Republican.)

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Quality Schools
12:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Louis Schools Make Headway, But Plenty Of Work Remains

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

While plenty of work is left to be done, St. Louis Public Schools has established a foothold in its effort to raise academic performance and reverse decades of sagging enrollment. 

That's the big takeaway from a report by the Chicago based IFF, a nonprofit that released a similar study in 2009 when city leaders were considering the best locations for a wave of charter schools.

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Week In Review
12:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Rundown: I Now Pronounce You Spouse And Spouse

Bruce Yampolsky (far left) and Terry Garrett (near left) were married in the mayor office, announced Francis Slay (center) at a news conference.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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.

Going to the chapel

Mayor Slay Marries Four Same-Sex Couples At City Hall

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