JEFFERSON CITY -- Compared with the clamor and criticism that has accompanied the debate over Common Core State Standards in recent months and years, Monday’s hearing into the topic by the state board of education was positively tame.
A report by the PEN America Center says an “aggressive, militarized response to largely peaceful public protests” fueled “the most serious human rights violations in Ferguson” against both protesters and the press.
In its report, the New York-based advocacy organization for reporters and other writers says it has documented 52 alleged violations of press freedoms at the Ferguson protests in mid-August. The report goes on to say that “those responsible for human rights abuses should be held accountable.”
A grand jury could be weeks away from deciding whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be indicted for fatally shooting Brown on Aug. 9 — an event that has sparked ongoing protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area. Now the superintendents for seven school districts are asking St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to consider the timing of when the decision is made public.
Rick Stream, the Republican nominee for St. Louis County executive, is promising to use his influence to persuade the General Assembly to change state laws to make it harder for communities to collect so much money from traffic violations.
As protests have continued in the St. Louis area following August's police shooting of Michael Brown, it's not just responding officers who are feeling the strain. It's also affecting their families.
One St. Louis organization that specifically provides support for police and their families is now reporting that it has doubled in size in recent weeks. And other members of police families are becoming more vocal and public with their support for law enforcement.
“Democrats and Republicans have proven over a long period of time that they look to big government to solve problems. The Libertarian Party is basically making a statement that says ‘We can solve a lot of our problems without this bureaucratic assistance,’” said Bill Slantz.
Slantz, of St. Charles, is the Libertarian candidate vying to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Slantz totes strong Libertarian views on most major issues.
Updated at 6:10 p.m. Monday with statements from John Mozeliak. Updated 10:45 a.m. Monday with a statement from Mike Matheny.
The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the death of one of their brightest rookie players.
Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic when his 2014 Chevy Camaro ran off a road near his hometown, according to the country's national police spokesman and Taveras' agent. His girlfriend was also killed in the accident.
“We really need an investigation, not only of the death of Michael Brown but also of the treatment of peaceful protestors following the shooting,“ Margaret Huang summarized in an interview with “St. Louis on the Air,” host Don Marsh.
Margaret Huang is the deputy executive director of campaigns and programs at Amnesty International USA. Dr. Marva Robinson was in studio as well. She is the president of the St. Louis Chapter of The Association of Black Psychologists and licensed clinical psychologist at Preston & Associates Psychology Firm, LLC.