News Quiz
10:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

News Quiz for week of March 31, 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.

Breastfeeding
9:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon Signs Breastfeeding Protections Bill Into Law; Ellinger Attends Ceremony

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, waves to the audience at a bill signing ceremony for HB 1320.
Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that would allow breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty in Missouri.

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Energy
2:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NAACP Report Calls For Bolstered Renewable Energy Production

Credit (Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association)

(Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday)

A report from the NAACP says Missouri should increase production of renewable power and require utilities to offer energy efficiency programs. 

Accomplishing those goals, the report says, could provide better health, cheaper utility bills and more manufacturing jobs in the state’s urban core.

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St. Louis Symphony
12:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Violinist Tetzlaff Returns

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff.
Credit © Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

SHOSTAKOVICH   Violin Concerto No. 1
SIBELIUS   Symphony No. 2

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St. Louis on the Air
12:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jackie Joyner-Kersee On Her Work To Improve The Fitness Of Young People

Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Wait, Wait....Don't Tell Me in 2013.
Credit Jamie Heuer

East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the nation’s premier athletes, with 6 Olympic medals to her name. Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century and tomorrow she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors

Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

The Newtown massacre has been seared in our collective memory. Gun violence involving teens in St. Louis, especially teens of color, is among the highest in the country.  The emotion in Roxana, Ill., after an April Fool’s prank this week put local focus on the issue. 

 

From school shootings to drive-bys to suicide, the level of exposure children in America today have to gun violence is in the news and on the minds of many. Because of this prevalence, some health care professionals contend that it has become a public health issue.  Among them:

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St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra have been investigating Missouri's execution process and the legal and ethical questions around how the state is obtaining its execution drug. Since most drug manufacturers don’t want their products used for lethal injection, Missouri has had to go to great lengths to find a supply. 

Read their extensive reporting below and related stories from the St. Louis Public Radio newsroom. 
 

GM Senate Hearing
9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questions GM CEO Mary Barra during a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Credit (Sen. Claire McCaskill)

Members of a Senate panel Wednesday accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

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School Board Election
10:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a school board that may not exist after the end of this school year. Pictured is a rally for Normandy earlier this school year.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

School board elections often prompt little more than a ripple of public interest, but they are stirring up quite a bit more in at least two north St. Louis County districts this spring.

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a board that may not even exist after the end of this school year. In Ferguson-Florissant, two incumbents are facing a slate that was moved to join the field after Superintendent Art McCoy was placed on administrative leave, plus other candidates who entered the race as well. McCoy has since resigned his post.

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Missouri History Museum
10:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri History Museum To Display Original Louisiana Purchase Treaty

Credit Wikipedia

Beginning this fall, St. Louisans will be able to see the actual document that made what is now Missouri part of the United States.

In 1803, the United States bought more 828,000 square miles of land from France for $15 million – roughly four cents an acre – in a deal known as the Louisiana Purchase.

The parcel immediately doubled the size of the country and eventually became part or all of 14 states from Louisiana to Montana, including Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas.

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