Representative democracies are rarely models of gentility. Their elected officials, motivated by self-interest and a certain belief system, often see their views as right and proper and those of their opponents as wrong-headed and dangerous. The U.S. system, based on separation of powers and checks and balances at all levels, has necessitated a certain need for compromise and the importance of being able to govern. The result has usually been country above party -- although that did not eliminate some hyperbolic rhetoric or using the system for personal gain.
Mayor Francis Slay speaks at Citizens for Modern Transit's (CMT) annual lunch on Friday, September 12, 2014. Seated left to right are CMT Director Kimberly Cella, St. Clair Board Chair Mark Kern and MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.
Citizens for Modern Transit has been advocating for public transportation in the St. Louis region for thirty years. But at a lunch last week celebrating its anniversary, the focus was on the future. Keynote speakers included Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.
As legal efforts continue to open the Francis Howell school district to students who want to transfer from Normandy, a new policy shift has increased the pool of students able to transfer to any local accredited district.
The move raises new concerns about the financial survival of Normandy, which was taken over by the state after transfer costs drove it to the brink of bankruptcy last school year.
A large crowd of eager job-seekers lined up at St. Louis Community College ag Florissant Valley Saturday for the Urban League’s Job and Resource Fair. At least 90 companies, many with positions to fill, joined the fair, including BJC Healthcare, the Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis Community Credit Union.
Available jobs ranged across the spectrum of careers and education levels, from law enforcement to health care. BJC alone had a thousand jobs to fill.
Michael Brown, Sr. (left) demonstrates "hands up" while Rev. Carlton Lee speaks to the crowd at the St. Louis County Justice Center on Saturday, September 13. Michael Brown's mother, Leslie McSpadden, is center.
The parents of Michael Brown are now calling for the immediate arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed their son last month in Ferguson.
At a rally outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton on Saturday, Michael Brown Sr. and Leslie McSpadden said that it had been 35 days since their son was shot and nobody was saying or doing anything. Brown Sr. said that there was a killer on the loose and it was time for him to be arrested. He then spoke directly to Officer Wilson, asking him to volunteer to be locked up.
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 14 will be “Remembering Charlie Haden.” Bassist Charlie Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised on a farm. His family members were musicians who played country and folk music and were on the radio with their own show. Haden began singing with the group by the age of two and continued until the age of 15 when he contracted polio, turning to bass when he could no longer sing. He heard classical bass on the radio and became interested in jazz. He turned down a scholarship to Oberlin College because they had no jazz program. Charlie m
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff praised St. Louis' "vision" on Friday after the city received a $10.3 million federal grant for a new MetroLink station.
The planned light-rail station at Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street is a key part of the master plan for the Cortex innovation hub in St. Louis' Central West End. Rogoff said it will make it easier for workers to get to and from the developing high-tech area of midtown.
Exceptionally long wait times, missing records and doctors who failed to diagnose serious conditions were among the complaints aired at a veteran’s town hall meeting in St. Louis Friday.
Veterans Affairs officials in St. Louis have been required to hold two forums following federal investigations of hospitals and the mishandling of veteran’s benefit claims. While providing a public venue for people to speak about their experiences with the system, representatives were also on hand to answer individual questions about benefits and vocational rehabilitation.
In what’s becoming something of a post-veto session tradition, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to discuss the impact of the General Assembly's annual event.
The St. Charles Republican leads the 23-member Republican caucus in the Missouri Senate. And this past week, his chamber participated in votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of 10 standalone bills and 47 line-item vetoes of spending items in the current budget.
A Missouri registered nurse who had to abandon plans to walk across the state to raise awareness of black infant mortality rates made her final stop in St. Louis Friday.
Sherry Payne, who is the director of the perinatal health organization Uzazi Village based in Kansas City, gave a presentation at St. Louis University on ways to improve birth outcomes for black babies.