Weingarten at SLPS
4:48 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

AFT president praises St. Louis schools' push toward accreditation

AFT national president Randi Weingarten in St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A collaborative effort among the administration, parents, and teachers of the St. Louis Public Schools toward regaining accreditation earned praise on Tuesday from the president of the a national teachers union.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, made St. Louis a stop on her national back-to-school tour. The St. Louis teachers are represented by an AFT local.

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MOSIRA
4:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court

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A life sciences jobs bill signed into law last year but blocked this year was heard today by the Missouri Supreme Court.


The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri.  Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), which did not pass during the 2011 special legislative sessionGovernor Jay Nixon (D) signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R) ruled it unconstitutional in February because of the language tying it to the dead bill.  Solicitor General Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill can be legally severed from the other bill.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Debt reduction talk attracts protesters

David Walker (right) speaks to Dave Kingsley (left) who organized the protest.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

David Walker has given his lecture on reducing the national debt in 13 cities, but he says his appearance in St. Louis  was the first that attracted protesters. Walker was the Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008, serving in the Government Accountability Office.

Since then, Walker has written a book and toured around America to lecture on the increasing national debt. His lecture tour, titled "$10 Million a Minute", involves him speaking about a variety of areas in which he believes residents can combat the growing U.S. financial burden.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

City Museum co-founder Gail Cassilly & Exploration Day

Neil Armstrong on the moon
NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org

The City Museum is a popular tourist destination in St. Louis and its co-founder, Gail Cassilly, says founding it along with her late ex-husband was one of her life’s highlights though it was also a life that had “crushing sorrows.”  Host Don Marsh talks with sculptor and writer Gail Cassilly about her new memoir, Saltwater.  Then, Don talks with a couple of St. Louisans who are mounting a national effort to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Exploration Day.

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SIU-C threat
1:30 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Police, FBI investigating threat mailed to Ill. university

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller contributed reporting to this story.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are investigating after someone mailed a threat to the university last night.

The threat prompted an safety alert to students, faculty and staff, but SIU-C spokesman Rod Sievers called that a precaution.

Normandy School District
1:23 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Normandy superintendent "extremely disappointed" with State Board decision

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The superintendent of Normandy Public Schools says he’s extremely disappointed with the Missouri Board of Education’s decision to strip the district of its accreditation.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Morning headlines: September 19, 2012

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Kirk releases pension video

Sen. Mark Kirk has released a video calling for "decisive bipartisan action" to prevent further reductions in Illinois' credit ratings.  The Republican senator does not spell out what action he thinks is necessary. State officials are deadlocked over how to lower pension costs, which are a major factor in the state's declining credit ratings.

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Business
6:30 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson (left) and Lu Xu Wu (Chinese investor in American Heartland Fish) speaking through an interpreter.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

When the French explorer Père Marquette traveled down the Illinois River in 1673, his journal tells of encounters with “monstrous fish” so large they nearly overturned his canoe.  

In all likelihood the fish Marquette was talking about were channel catfish, but nearly 340 years later fisherman Josh Havens says it’s bighead carp... and silver carp which now harass boaters on the Illinois (silver carp are the jumpers).

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Long Live Freedom
6:15 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Exhibit celebrating youth resistance to Nazis making US debut

An exhibit celebrating youth resistance to Nazi Germany will be on display at UMSL's Gallery 210 until Oct. 18. This is its US debut.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Civil disobedience in Nazi Germany was a difficult task. Those who did push back against the right-wing extremism of Adolf Hitler risked their limited freedom, or even their lives.

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Politics
11:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Akin seeks to improve image with female voters

Congressman Akin engages the crowd following his "Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin" rally.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Congressman Todd Akin is trying to improve his image with female voters.  On Tuesday night, Akin held an event featuring numerous women voicing their support for him. It was his first appearance in St. Louis since his now infamous comments concerning "legitimate rape."

Since then, Akin's campaign for U.S. Senate has largely stuck to campaigning in the rural areas of Missouri, avoiding his congressional district in St. Louis County -- at least until now.

The event had well over a hundred women, mostly middle aged and predominantly conservative Christian.

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