Week In Perspective
11:08 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rundown: Accounting For Success In School

Roosevelt High School senior Caleb Branch says its not unusual for students to drop the clinic to say hello. "It’s like having a family inside a school," he says.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.

Making the grade

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Education
10:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Accounted For: School Dental Clinic In House Springs Gets Students Smiling

Northwest Superintendent Paul Ziegler (left) and dentist Nathan Suter (right) stand in the dental clinic at Valley Middle School
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is part five of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success. One reason students miss school or do poorly in class is health.  For more on the academic effects of chronic absenteeism, watch the video at the bottom of the page.    

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News Quiz
10:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Weekly News Quiz for April 11, 2014

Were you paying attention to St. Louis Public Radio this week?

Take our quiz below, then come back next week and try again, or challenge your friends.

Public Health
10:45 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Departments Still Mastering The Art Of Tweeting

Health departments aren't making the best use of Twitter.
Credit (Twitter)

Public health departments are trying to reach their audiences through social media, but most have yet to learn how to "tweet" beyond the choir.

That’s the basic finding of a study out of Washington University in St. Louis that looked at how effectively local health agencies reach audiences through Twitter. Based on the study’s findings, health department tweets are more likely to connect with other health experts, educators and non-profit groups rather than ordinary consumers in need of reliable health information.

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Fox Theatre
10:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’

Credit The Fabulous Fox

Ever dreamed of appearing onstage at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, basking in the lights, beaming at the audience – even once?

Thank you, Fox and the musical “Once” for helping me cross that off my bucket list. Through April 20, you, too, can stand in the very space where giants – including Nat “King” Cole, Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor – have planted their feet since 1929.

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Foreign Policy
10:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ukraine Commentary: What Happened, Why It Matters And Dangerous Myths

Ukraine
Credit World Factbook | CIA

The government of Ukraine, independent since 1991, finds itself in a position of unprecedented vulnerability. Internal disagreement over economic policy toward the European Union sparked larger discussions of identity and alignment throughout Ukraine. A pro-European movement ended up toppling the government, and deposed President Yanukovych fled the country on Feb. 22.

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Carter Carburetor
9:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis

The former Carter Carburetor plant is located on N. Grand Avenue in St. Louis.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated after the public meeting on 4-10-2014:

The meeting hosted Thursday night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to focus on the first phase of the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis. That first phase involves removing asbestos from the site's main building.

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Missouri Budget
8:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Brownfield Tax Credits
5:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Schweich Gives Low Marks To State Brownfield Tax Credits

A new audit says Missouri’s Department of Economic Development did not provide proper oversight to state tax credits designed to help developers clean up contaminated property.

In the report released Thursday, State Auditor Tom Schweich gave the Missouri Brownfield Tax Credit program his lowest rating possible. The program awarded more than $185 million in credits between 2000 and 2013.

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Precision Farming
5:23 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Monsanto, DuPont Meet With Farm Bureau About Big Data

Credit (Flickr)

The American Farm Bureau Federation met Thursday with Monsanto and several other agribusiness companies, such as DuPont and John Deere, to talk about the use of big data in agriculture.

The meeting comes as farmers grapple with whether to share information with major agricultural businesses.

The Farm Bureau had been warning farmers to be cautious as Monsanto and DuPont rolled out new data services. Those services use farmers’ information, including crop yields, to determine the best seeds to use and how much to plant.

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