Congress
1:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him

Todd Akin
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Todd Akin’s new book is entitled “Firing Back.’’ But based on the former St. Louis area congressman’s  interviews over the past week, an equally descriptive title could be “No Apology.”

Two years after losing a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate, Akin is arguably more passionate than ever as he defends the message that landed him in hot water in 2012.

The immortal phrase in question: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Consumer News
10:18 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
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Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.

Here are four recent alerts worth noting:

1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.

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The Unbanked
10:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done

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(Updated at 10:45 am Friday to reflect that Gateway Bank did open additional locations.)

Think about everything you spend money on in a month. There’s housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, a night out with friends here and there.

Now imagine paying for all of those things without using a debit card or check.  

That would put you among the ranks of the unbanked. In 2012, the term applied to 10 percent of the population in the St. Louis metro area. Local groups want to get 20,000 of them a bank account by the middle of 2015.

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News Quiz
10:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

News Quiz for July 18, 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.

Commentary
10:08 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio

Michel Martin
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With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.

I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.

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Teacher Training
2:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons

From Left: Elementary school teachers Kelly Greenwood, Mathew Williams, Sarah Tehan and Joanna McPherson cut into a pig heart during STEM TQ training.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.

She points to a picture of the famous late 19th and early 20th-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.

“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said.  

She then rattles off for her eighth-grade students Skłodowska-Curie’s list of accomplishments, including multiple Nobel Prizes and the discovery of two radioactive elements.

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Primary Election 2014
12:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Dooley And Stenger Battle Over TV Ads, Women's Vote

County Executive Charlie Dooley launched a negative TV ad against County Councilman Steve Stenger, assuming him of defending a prostitution kingpin.
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(Updated 12 p.m. Thursday, July 17)

The nasty contest for St. Louis County executive got even nastier today when incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley launched a new TV ad that attacks rival Steve Stenger for a client he represented 14 years ago as a court-ordered attorney in a prostitution case.

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Emanuele Berry is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University and has been working as a talk show producer at WKAR Public Radio in Lansing since January 2013. Emanuele interned at National Public Radio, where she worked at the Arts and Information Desk. Her work has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Email: eberry@stlpublicradio.org

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St. Louis On The Air
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Twenty-Four Things To Do In St. Louis This Summer

Credit Romondo Davis

Summer in the city. There’s nothing like it, and no shortage of things to see, do and experience in St. Louis. From parks to concerts and festivals, frozen custard to marionettes, farmers markets to museums, there’s an event (or 20) for everyone.

Author Amanda Doyle has written a second St. Louis guidebook. She said being an outsider affects her view of St. Louis.

“You can’t be born in a place and appreciate everything about it,” she said.

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St. Louis County Executive Race
11:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Dooley Tangles With Rivals At Only Major Forum

Democratic candidates for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Steve Stenger.
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

After enduring almost two hours of attacks from his rivals, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley had had enough.

“There is nobody on this platform that has more experience, and knowledge about St. Louis County,” Dooley told the audience at the close of Wednesday night’s candidate forum hosted by the area’s League of Women Voters.

Of his opponents, he added tersely, “They don’t even know what they don’t know. They haven’t got a clue.”

Dooley literally got the last word at the two-hour event, held at Florissant Valley Community College. About 200 people attended.

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