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

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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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Sculpture City
12:01 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Is Public Art? Conference Puts St. Louis Sculptures In the Spotlight

Eye, by Tony Tasset, is one of the sculptures conferees can see. The 2007 piece at Laumeier Sculpture Park is made of fiberglass, resin, oil paint and steel and is 452 inches in circumference.
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Updated  Thursday, April 10 to include material from St. Louis on the Air.

As home to works such as Eero Saarinen’s “Gateway Arch” and Richard Serra’s “Twain” and to places such as Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden, St. Louis has established itself as a formidable player in the public sculpture arena. This reputation is likely to be bolstered by the Monument/Anti-Monument Conference here from April 10-12. It is part of the Sculpture City St. Louis 2014 initiative.  

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Mr. Katzenstein is a lawyer with Thompson Coburn who specializes in estate planning and charitable giving. He is also on the board of Friends of KWMU.

Education
11:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

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This story is part four 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. As educators in Missouri  shift their focus from big picture attendance data to individual students, they are looking at how school clinics can help keep kids in school. 

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Dance
11:31 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

MADCO Hopes ‘Liquid Roads’ Is Its Path To National Spotlight

At rehearsal for Liquid Roads
Credit Steve Truesdell

The Whitaker Rehearsal Hall at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri St. Louis campus was filled last week with a sense of anticipation, excitement -- and a healthy dose of underlying tension.

Dancers from the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) stretched and warmed up as choreographer Gina Patterson, MADCO Executive Director Stacy West, members of the production team, musicians for the performance and invited members of the media waited for the first complete run through of the company’s production of “Liquid Roads.”

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Wildcard
11:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

On Chess: 13 Year Old To Vie For U.S. Women’s Championship

Ashritha Eswaran
Credit Provided by her family

Apparently, the U.S. “Women’s” Chess Championship is a description that gets more liberal by the year.

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Right to Work
10:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Right To Work' Hits Snag In Missouri House, Not Enough Votes To Move To Senate

Floor of the Missouri House
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

'Right-to-work' legislation in the Missouri House hit a snag Wednesday.

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Slein & 14th Street
9:56 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Arts Rundown: International Flare Provided by Wole Soyinka, Won Ju Lim And More

Wole Soyinka
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An international flare can be found in St. Louis this week.

The Black Rep is presenting “The Trials of Brother Jero” as its last offering of the season. The show will run April 9-27 at the Emerson Performance Center at Harris-Stowe State University. For details and information go to the website www.theblackrep.org/.

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Youth Gun Violence
5:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Forum At UMSL Looks For Solutions To 'Epidemic' Of Gun Violence Affecting Youth

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Every year more than 20,000 children ages 0 to 19 are injured by guns, said Dr. David Jaffe, the medical director of emergency services at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Every day, seven of those injuries are fatal. 

Jaffe's hospital treats an average of 70 kids a year with gunshot wounds.

In late March, an 11-year-old boy was killed in his home in south St. Louis when he was hit by bullets fired at his house. Less than a week later, an 11-year-old girl was shot and critically injured as she was coming home from a fast food restaurant with her father, he said.

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