Missouri Learning Standards
5:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Common Core Debate Calms Down; Longer Search Expected For Nicastro's Replacement

Retired educator Mary Byrne testifies at Monday's hearing
Credit Dale

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.

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Gun violence
5:09 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

On Track To Surpass Last Year: St. Louis Reaches 120 Homicides Over the Weekend

A file photo of a crime scene in St. Louis.
Credit Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

A grandmother walking home from the store with her grandchildren. An Ethiopian refugee who worked as a convenience store clerk. A brother and a sister, killed three hours apart.

With a little more than two months left in the year, the city of St. Louis has already reached 120 homicides, the total number of murders reported in all of 2013.

That’s 120 victim’s families, assailant’s families, and neighborhood blocks that will never be the same, said James Clark.

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Freedom Of The Press
5:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Police Treatment Of Press At Ferguson Protests Spurs Request for DOJ Investigation

Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

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.”

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School Disruption
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Superintendents Ask McCulloch Not To Announce Grand Jury’s Decision During School Hours

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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.  

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2014 General Election
4:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Stream Calls For Changes In State Laws Regarding Traffic Fines

Rick Stream
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Ferguson Protests
4:18 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

As Protests Continue, Police Families Feel The Strain

The St. Louis Police Wives' Association works to support law enforcement officers and their families.
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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.

Toll on families

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Community Engagement
12:08 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

What Events Are Happening In Ferguson This Week

More than140 Individuals of diverse backgrounds gathered to discuss issues of race and privilege at Mother 2 Mother Part II on Oct. 13.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, attention has turned to Ferguson. Below are some events that are tied to the issues raised or that are centered in that community.

Mother 2 Mother Part III

When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 100 S. Taylor, Kirkwood 63122

About: The conversations that began with Mother 2 Mother parts 1 and 2, now continues in St. Louis County.


Ferguson City Council Meeting

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St. Louis on the Air
10:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Libertarian Candidate Bill Slantz Contests Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

Bill Slantz, Libertarian Candidate for Missouri's 2nd Congressional District
Credit Rebecca Smith

“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. 

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Oscar Taveras
10:47 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Accident

Oscar Taveras takes a swing against the Baltimore Orioles during a game in August at Camden Yards. Taveras, 22 was killed in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic on Oct. 26.
Credit via Flickr/Keith Allison

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:22 am
Mon October 27, 2014

A Discussion About Amnesty International's Report On Human Rights Violations In Ferguson

Credit Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

“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.

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