Sexually Transmitted Diseases
5:17 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

St. Louis No. 1 In Nation For Chlamydia, No. 2 For Gonorrhea

The chlamydia bacteria, stained and viewed at 500 times.
Credit National Cancer Institute | Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory

Post updated 12/16/14 with response from St. Louis City Health Department.

A new federal report shows that the city of St. Louis had the highest rate of chlamydia and the second-highest rate of gonorrhea infections among major U.S. cities in 2013.  

"We've had persistently high rates for a long time," said Brad Stoner, who directs the St. Louis STD and HIV Prevention Training Center at Washington University. "These rates are difficult to bring down unless we develop a concerted, community-wide effort to reach out, screen and treat populations at risk." 

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St. Louis Research to End
3:14 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

After 14 years, NIH Cancels National Children’s Study

Louise Flick, DrPH, principal investigator for the National Children’s Study Gateway Study Center and professor at SLU School of Public Health, Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of SLU’s School of Public Health (center), & Craig Schmid, St. Louis Alderman
Credit Chad Williams | Saint Louis University Medical Center

Its magnitude was ambitious and unprecedented: The National Children’s Study promised to follow 100,000 American children from before birth to the age of 21. Researchers sought a better understanding of autism, obesity and cancer by tracking links between children’s environments and their health outcomes. Since 2007, Congress has appropriated about $1.3 billion to fund planning and research; millions went to four research centers in the St. Louis region alone.  

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St. Louis County Government
3:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Federal Authorities End Probe Of Dooley And Crime Lab Contract; Dooley Blasts Stenger, McCulloch

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to reporters after Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 5:39 p.m., Dec. 16 with interview with U.S. Attorney Robert Callahan.)

The U.S. attorney’s office reports that it has found no wrongdoing -- by anyone -- in the awarding of a subcontract for the St. Louis County police department’s new crime lab. 


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St. Louis on the Air
1:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

CPA Answers Your End-Of-The-Year Tax Questions

Credit dleafy |

The most wonderful time of the year means the least favorite time of the year is approaching: Tax time.

There are some things taxpayers can do now to help alleviate individual tax burdens in April, certified public account Lance Weiss of SFW Partners LLC told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Venture Cafe Director Seeks ‘Serendipitous Collisions’ Between St. Louis Innovators, Resources

Venture Cafe is not a typical cafe. Visitors will find coffee, beer and wine, but replace the typical pastries with entrepreneurs.

“I talk about serendipitous collisions,” Venture Cafe’s executive director Travis Sheridan told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. “It’s about getting the right people at the right place at the right time, and then miraculously the right things happen.”

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Beyond Ferguson
12:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Ferguson Commission Eyes Overhaul Of Region's Municipal Courts

Better Together’s Dave Leipholtz, Washington University law school professor Mae Quinn and Thomas Harvey of the Arch City Defenders speak at Monday's Ferguson Commission meeting on municipal courts.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Since the unrest in Ferguson began in early August, curbing the power of municipal courts has become a focal point for policymakers from across the political spectrum. 

But at Monday’s meeting of the Ferguson Commission at St. Louis University’s Il Monastero, Maryland Heights resident Dan Hyatt brought the issue home.

The IT professional told commissioners how he was put in jail in Breckenridge Hills for three hours after a disagreement over whether he stopped at a stop sign. He said it was a galvanizing experience.

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Washington University
10:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Challenges Face Project Documenting Protests in Ferguson

One of the dozens of images Joel Levy submitted to the Documenting Ferguson project
Credit Joel Levy/Courtesy of Documenting Ferguson

A unique blend of technological, circumstantial and social issues face archivists and documentarians who are trying to preserve the events of the past five months in Ferguson.

The Contributor

Joel Levy, 20, stands on West Florissant Avenue, a central site during the protests over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. His initial interest in Ferguson was opportunistic, spurred by the heat of the moment, yet he’s now dedicated to portraying the broader story of what’s happened in Ferguson since Aug. 9.

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Politically Speaking
10:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On His Attorney General Run — And Fallout From Veto Session Clash

Credit Rebecca Smith, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking trio welcomes back state Sen. Scott Sifton. The Affton Democrat won election to the Missouri Senate in 2012 in a hard-fought race against then-Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay. 

Most recently, Sifton, an attorney with Husch Blackwell, made waves in the Missouri Senate with his filibuster during the fall veto session of legislation mandating a 72-hour waiting period for abortions. He’s also been part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for curbs on meals, travel and entertainment paid by lobbyists.

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Missouri Capitol
5:59 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Nixon, Lawmakers Want To Issue Bonds To Fund Missouri Capitol Repairs

Underneath the old carriage entrance-turned-driveway. Ceiling water infiltration has caused stalactites and rusting of the reinforced structural steel in the concrete beams.
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are touting plans to pass a bond issue to fund repairs to the state Capitol in Jefferson City.

Along with legislators and reporters, Nixon toured areas of the under-section of the nearly century-old building Monday, observing mud, mold, and stalactites from dripping water that have formed underneath the old carriage passage-turned-driveway.

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Bevo Mill Neighborhood
4:06 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Police: Bosnian Woman Made False Report About Hate Crime

Police say Seherzada Dzanic fabricated a story about being attacked for being Bosnian.
Credit St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

A Bosnian woman who told St. Louis police that she was the victim of a hate crime is being charged with making a false report.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Seherzada Dzanic reported she was the victim of a "fairly violent assault" involving a crowbar for being Bosnian. But as police investigated, Dotson said they found her story did not add up.

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