St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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Mass Transit
3:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Metro Hopes Transit Center Will Improve North County Residents' Riding Experience

The renderings for the North County Transit Center in Ferguson.
Credit Courtesy of Metro

Metro is building the North County Transit Center to make the public transit experience more comfortable for big chunk of its ridership. But Metro COO Ray Friem jokingly said his agency has an ulterior motive for the project.

“I’ll be honest with you. The real reason to do this is to say that a bus system took over a car dealership,” Friem said on Tuesday. “Who would have thought that was ever going to happen?”

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State School Board
3:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)

JEFFERSON CITY – With its president acknowledging that an earlier vote was an overreaction, the Missouri state board of education reversed itself Tuesday and broadened the terms under which students living in Normandy may transfer to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year.

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Coal Ash
2:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Labadie Residents Win Legal Challenge Against Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill ― For Now

Franklin County residents hold up signs to show their opposition to Ameren's landfill plans at a meeting of the county commission in 2011, just before the commission voted to change its zoning regulations to allow coal ash landfills.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Residents of Franklin County have won a legal challenge against Ameren's plans to build a coal ash landfill in Labadie.

Now it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide the landfill's fate.

On Tuesday, a Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) and Labadie residents who challenged the Franklin County Commission's decision to change county zoning regulations to allow coal ash landfills.

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Primary Election 2014
10:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar

The Democratic primary for St. Louis license collector pits incumbent Mavis Thompson against challenge Jeffrey Boyd.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

In August, two Democrats will meet in a relatively low-key primary to head an office that oversees between $50 million and $60 million each year. St. Louis' license collector is charged with collecting several taxes and issuing business licenses.

Two Democrats are vying for the office. The winner in the Aug. 5 primary will take on the Green Party candidate in November.

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Back To School
5:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.

But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.

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Financial Woes
4:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Chesterfield Arts To Cease Operations In August

The Awakening was created by sculptor Seward Johnson. The sculpture was donated to Chesterfield Arts as part of its public collection. (via Flicker/Jennifer Morrow)

In August, Chesterfield Arts will stop day-to-day operations because of a shortage in funds.

The non-profit organization works to promote art education and public art in West St. Louis County.

This year the nonprofit faced declining revenue. In addition, they were forced to move. The organization was notified in the fall of 2013 that they would have to relocate by June of this year.

Chesterfield Arts Board President Mary Brown said  they were unable to find a new permanent home.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:27 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use?

Credit (via Flickr/peter.a photography)

Should marijuana be legalized? More than 50 percent of Americans think it should, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, but the issue is far from settled.  

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Prescription Drugs
3:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious

Credit (via Flickr/e-MagineArt.com)

Drugs, privacy, prison. Those three things are linked to the debate over prescription drug databases -- and Missouri is the only state in the U.S. without one.

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Primary Election 2014
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Ad On Controversial Oakville Project, Dooley Hopes To Appeal To Senior Voters

This rendering shows what the National Church Residences facility in Oakville will look like after construction is complete.
Credit National Church Residences

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s latest attack ad focuses on a divisive south St. Louis County housing complex for the elderly. The ad is an attempt to attack Dooley's Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, and also appeal to elderly voters.

If history repeats itself, the elderly will be among the largest voting blocs in the Aug. 5 primary.

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