On The Trail
10:06 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows

What does it take to win a seat in the Missouri General Assembly? In some cases, five or six-figures of somebody's own money.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 8 p.m. on Monday with news about Schneider repaying her loan.)

Vicki Schneider got on the phone earlier this year with Bob Onder after he loaned himself $200,000 for his state Senate bid. 

She said she asked a fairly simple question of one of her opponents for the St. Charles County-based 2nd District seat: "Do you want me to help you spend that?"

“And he just laughed,” she said.

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Primary Election 2014
10:04 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Shadow Of Clay And Carter Dynasties Looms Over Peters, Carter Race For State House Seat

State Rep. Joshua Peters, D-St. Louis, campaigns in the Penrose neighborhood of St. Louis. Peters is running for re-election in the 76th District, which encompasses a portion of north St. Louis City.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On a slightly overcast day in St. Louis’ Penrose neighborhood, state Rep. Joshua Peters briskly moved from brick bungalow to brick bungalow to get the word out about his re-election campaign.   

Sporting a sky blue polo and dark-rimmed eyeglasses, the 26-year-old exuded the experience of an old political pro when greeting potential voters. Sophia Hubbard told Peters a member of his campaign staff had already come to her door. Oliver Williams told him something similar – and signaled that Peters had his vote on Aug. 5.

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Job Training
10:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program Gets National Attention

An example of the work done by floor layer apprentices in the ceramic phase of their training.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

 

In a quest to make job training count, the Obama administration is taking an interest in work-based apprenticeships. A St. Louis program is serving as a model for the administration.

The White House is highlighting about 40 programs across the country that are doing it right under the so-called Ready to Work Initiative. Only one such program in Missouri has made the list, the St. Louis Carpenter Union’s Mid-Apprenticeship Program.  

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

La Russa Enters The Hall Of Fame, A Look At His Legacy In St. Louis

Tony La Russa gives his Hall of Fame speech.
Credit Screen shot from Major League Baseball telecast

In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.

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Twig galls
6:16 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn

A gouty horned gall on a pin oak. The growth is caused by a small wasp, and will eventually grow large enough to cut off nutrients to the leaf.
Credit (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden)

If you have an oak tree in your yard, you may have found yourself picking up more leaves and branches than expected this summer. 

According to Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturist Chip Tynan, there are two culprits.

The first are tiny wasps that cause a growth, known as a gall, to form on twigs and small branches of oak trees. The second offender are squirrels, who think the galls make a tasty snack.

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Craft Beer
5:54 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Largest Craft Beer Week Yet Shows St. Louis' Continued Fascination For Unique Brews

Jamie Andrews (left) and Patrick Mannies enjoy glasses of Jolly Pumpkin at 33 Wine Bar on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The largest St. Louis Craft Beer Week yet opened Saturday with B33r and Brats at 33 Wine Bar on Lafayette Square.

Kelly Herbst was in line outside the bar at 11 a.m., waiting with about 20 others to try one of the special beers being offered at B33r and Brats. She was looking forward to trying 2nd Shift’s Katy 15.

“They don’t have it everywhere, and it’s a sour beer,” said Herbst. “We like sour beers.”

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Disability Rights
10:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis Disability Advocates Reflect On The 24th Anniversary Of The ADA

Logan Chiropractic Paraquad Clinic Senior Intern Emma Minx turns on the power plate exercise machine for Paraquad participant Leon Zickrick. The machine vibrates to help break up joint adhesion in his shoulder.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Saturday is the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law requires public accommodations be made for people with disabilities and prohibits employment discrimination.

St. Louis has been on the forefront of disability advocacy since the 1970s, led by Paraquad founders Max and Colleen Starkloff. Through the efforts of Paraquad and the Starkloffs, St. Louis became the first city in the country to have lift-equipped buses. Members of Paraquad also traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the passage of the ADA.

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University City Loop
4:44 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis Walk Of Fame Adds McCarver, Benton, Falk

Bob Gibson, left, and Tim McCarver were part of the World Series winning 1964 Cardinals who were honored this May at Busch Stadium.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Adding to the 140 famous St. Louisans already installed on Delmar Blvd. in the Loop will be 19th-century U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, a champion of manifest destiny; former Cardinal and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver; as well as Lee Falk, who’s famous for his contributions to comics and theater.

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August 5 Primary
4:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Opponents Of 'Right To Farm' Launch TV Campaign In St. Louis

Farm land along the Missouri River
Credit Curt Dennison

(Updated 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with link to new ad)

Opponents of the proposed “Right to Farm’’ state constitutional amendment will begin a TV ad campaign in St. Louis and Kansas City this weekend as part of a last-ditch effort to block the proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot.

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Dawon Gore
3:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault

Dawon Gore, a 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police department, faces second-degree assault charges.
Credit (Provided by St. Louis County police)

A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force was suspended without pay Friday after being charged with second-degree assault for breaking a man's hand with his police baton. 

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Dawon Gore, 44, has not been at work since the April 21 incident at the North Hanley MetroLink station. Gore had been serving as an officer in the MetroLink unit. 

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