St. Louis On The Air
5:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Harry Truman: The 'Senator From Pendergast' Got His Start With Missouri Political Machine

President Harry S. Truman
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On July 15, 1948, President Harry S. Truman received the Democratic nomination for president – hardly an upset as he was already president. He took his first oath of office on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Truman’s entrance to politics, however, hardly suggested a rise to the presidency. He grew up on a farm, worked as bank clerk and ran a men’s clothing business that failed. After that, politics looked like the only good career option.

At that point, political boss Tom Pendergast largely ran Kansas City politics.

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Water Fountains
3:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Forest Park Forever Unveils New Park Signs And Additional Renovations

President & Executive Director of Forest Park Forever Lesley Hoffarth and Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Gary Bess unveil the new signs.
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Forest Park will be getting a face lift over the next few months as the park adds new signs, improved water fountains and more bike racks. That’s according to an announcement made by Forest Park Forever on Tuesday.

The group also said the park will be heating three of its bathrooms to accommodate park goers year round. Paths and trails will be improved to make these bathrooms more accessible as well.

Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever, says the upgrades were prompted by complaints and recommendations made by visitors.

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Missouri History Museum
3:16 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Teens Tackle Gangs, Violence In A Play They Wrote And Produced

Romiyus Gause, right, plays troubled teenager Bobby in the play written by teens at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Updated with St. Louis on the Air interview.

The "Teens Make History" Players and are getting paid to act — but first they have to work through very serious issues and distill their findings into a play. Since 2007, this work-based program of the Missouri History Museum, brings together students to research, design and mount exhibits at the museum or to bring St. Louis history to life through their plays.

“It feels like I’m on Broadway,” said Romiyus Gause, who has been with the program for six years.

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NASA Space Program
2:29 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Forty-Five Years Ago, We First Landed On The Moon: Meet The Man In Charge In Mission Control

NASA flight director Eugene F. Kranz at his console in Mission Control in Houston on May 30, 1965, during a Gemini-Titan IV simulation to prepare for the four-day, 62-orbit flight.
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Forty-five years ago this Sunday, Apollo 11 became the first space flight to land men on the moon.

At Mission Control in Houston, Gene Kranz was the man in charge.

Kranz spent more than three decades working for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, serving as flight director for both the Gemini and Apollo space programs.

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Gene Dobbs Bradford is executive director of Jazz St. Louis.

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Veterans Affairs
7:15 am
Tue July 15, 2014

American Legion Targets Gap Between Veterans And VA St. Louis Health Care

Navy veteran Mike LeBlanc discusses health care with Verna Jones, director of the American Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The American Legion is looking for St. Louis-area veterans who need help getting medical services from the VA Health Care System.

The Legion has sent members from its “System Worth Saving Task Force” in Washington, D.C., to relay concerns directly from St. Louis-area veterans.

The three-person task force is meeting with the director of the local VA system today to bring up problems raised by veterans at a town hall-style meeting that it hosted Monday night, said Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Division in Washington.

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Congress
5:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book

Todd Akin
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(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”

But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.

In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”

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Education Legislation
5:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Monday a bill that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in the classroom, saying that ““arming teachers will not make our schools safer.”

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Human Trafficking
4:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri addresses a panel on human trafficking. Listening are Dr. Denise DeGarmo of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Deidre Lhamon of The Covering House.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis of Illinois.

Attendees also learned:

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St. Louis on the Air
3:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Are Missouri's Proposed Amendments Necessary?

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Two proposed amendments to Missouri's Constitution will appear on August's ballot, and they are raising questions among law enforcement officials, lawmakers and voters. 

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