Animal Welfare
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Louis Health Department Tightens Reins On Carriage Horse Companies

A horse pulls a carriage on Market Street downtown.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis’ Health Department Director Pam Walker issued new guidelines Tuesday regulating the treatment of horses used to pull carriages for Brookdale Farms and St. Louis Carriage Co., the two businesses that offer rides in the city.

The guidelines forbid horses from working when the heat index reaches 100 degrees, and limits horses from working more than eight hours a day, and five days per week. They also set standards for stable ventilation, and cleanliness.

Read more
Politically Speaking
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis Building and Construction Trades secretary-treasurer Jeff Aboussie to the Politically Speaking podcast. 

 

Note: You can subscribe to us on iTunes now.

Read more
Senate Confirmation
4:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White was confirmed to the federal bench of Eastern Missouri on July 16, 2014.
Credit via the Missouri Courts website

Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.

The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.

It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.

Read more
Lindell to Washington
3:30 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NEA Grant To Add Art And Walkability To Grand Center

Rendering of part of the revamped Grand Center
Credit Christner + Hoerr Schaudt

A new $50,000 grant will help make St. Louis’ Grand Center more pedestrian-friendly.

The midtown arts and cultural district received the money Wednesday from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” grants program.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
2:36 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis

"Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance" by Martin Goldsmith
Credit Da Capo Press

Author Martin Goldsmith is no stranger to St. Louis: Not only was he born here, but his mother was a longtime violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. But it was a different St. Louis and a different family connection that recently caught his attention.

In “Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and Journey of Remembrance,” Goldsmith traces the journey of his grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt, and uncle, Helmut Goldschmidt, Jewish refugees who tried to escape Nazi Germany aboard the MS St. Louis. 

Read more
On The Trail
1:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

We Asked Five Questions About Campaign Finance Reports. Here Are The Answers

Credit flickr/yomanimus

The seven or eight people who love watching political ads will be in for an exciting three weeks.  

Everybody else in Missouri may want to become familiar with the “fast forward” button on their DVRs.

Read more

Erica Smith is an online producer of St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape. Erica has worked in newsrooms in Indiana, Washington and Missouri, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A Missouri native, Erica has received local "best tweeter" honors, as well as national awards for design. She likes typewriters, craft beer and cat memes; eats M&Ms in Roy G Biv order; is a St. Louis Blues and Kansas City Royals fan; and often tweets about the weather.

Campaign Finance
8:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Stenger Outraises, Outspends Dooley In St. Louis County Executive Race

Steve Stenger (left) and Charley Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

Blame all that spending on TV ads.   St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has heavily outspent County Executive Charlie Dooley in the last months in their battle for Dooley's job in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.

The latest campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Stenger spent $656,473 in the past three months. In comparison, Dooley spent only $351,582.

Overall, their spending is a bit closer: Stenger has spent $981,841 overall, compared to $661,971 for Dooley.

Read more
Campaign Finance
7:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

Read more
St. Louis On The Air
5:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Harry Truman: The 'Senator From Pendergast' Got His Start With Missouri Political Machine

President Harry S. Truman
Credit Wikipedia Commons

On July 15, 1948, President Harry S. Truman received the Democratic nomination for president – hardly an upset as he was already president. He took his first oath of office on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Truman’s entrance to politics, however, hardly suggested a rise to the presidency. He grew up on a farm, worked as bank clerk and ran a men’s clothing business that failed. After that, politics looked like the only good career option.

At that point, political boss Tom Pendergast largely ran Kansas City politics.

Read more

Pages