7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetic Warriors: STL Seventh Graders Changing The World With Words

Kalise Harris
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

A South City Prep student who wrote about her best friend’s death set a high bar in the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation contest, created by St. Louis attorney Aaron Williams. But this year’s school winner seems ready to carry the mantle.

On Wednesday, 83 seventh-graders will perform an exercise in courage: reading their original poems at the Missouri History Museum in front of an audience. It’s the final event of the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation, called “Poetry on Their Own Terms.”

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The Rundown
10:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Imagination And Startups

The Victoria building stood at the corner of Eighth and Locust streets. It has since been demolished. This photograph was taken in 1940 when St. Louis had more than 800,000 residents.
Credit (Historic American Building Survey at the Library of Congress)

On Friday, Arch Grants announced the finalists for its 2014 Arch Grants Business Plan Competition. The field has been whittled down to 46 entrepreneurs. Twenty of those finalists will win $50,000 each along with business support services to help them launch amazing businesses. In exchange for winning, they have to locate, or relocate, to St. Louis for at least a year.

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Communists, Sports Fans, Hunters
10:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commentary: Oh, That Hilarious Tax Code

April 15 is a special day -- especially for those of us who toil professionally in the tax vineyards. After 40 years, I am still amazed at the breadth and scope of our enormous body of tax law. I also never fail to be amazed and amused by all of the odd, even thigh-slappingly funny, provisions that have wormed themselves into our federal tax law. Here are a few Internal Revenue Code oddities.

Communist exemption

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St. Louis Public Schools
4:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools

Credit alkruse24 / Flickr

Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recommending that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.

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Music Festivals
4:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Summer Rocks" Bill Rolls To Mayor Slay

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign a measure bringing two music festivals the size of Lollapalooza to St. Louis.
Credit (via Flickr/akasped)

Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day  weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.

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Kansas City Area Shootings
3:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

KC Shooting Suspect No Stranger To Jewish Agencies Here

The Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., where two people were shot and killed.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Updated 11:16 a.m. Tuesday with murder charges filed against Miller:

When Ellen Futterman heard the name of the man suspected of shooting three people to death at two Jewish agencies in suburban Kansas City, she thought back to a telephone interview she did in 2010.

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Economy
2:29 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sen. Kirk Calls On Congress To Extend Fighter Jet Production in St. Louis

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois held a press conference Monday after touring the facility where Boeing builds the Navy's EA-18 G Growler.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says he will work to extend production of EA-18 G Growlers at Boeing’s defense facility in north St. Louis County.

Kirk, who toured the assembly line and met with company leaders Monday, told reporters he will try to convince Congress to approve and appropriate funds for 22 more of the radar-jamming aircraft.

Building the fighters, he said, supports about 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area and is critical to the Navy for future conflicts.

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:44 am
Mon April 14, 2014

St. Louis Can Start ‘Falling’ For Mustard Seed’s Signature Play All Over Again

Michelle Hand as Tami and Daniel Lanier as Josh in "Falling"
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

“Falling” was supposed to play for two weeks. But Deanna Jent’s little drama-that-could was extended again and again in fall 2011 and then chugged ahead to Off-Broadway a year later for a three-month run. It also made its way to Los Angeles and is heading to Brazil next year.

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St. Louis On the Air
11:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Discussion: What Makes A Neighborhood A Community?

The Old North Neighborhood today
Courtesy of the Old North Restoration Group

As the population of St. Louis began to shift away from the city’s core in the 1970s, many of the city’s older neighborhoods entered a state of decline. But now, thanks in part to a renewed interest in the city’s older neighborhoods, many are experiencing renewal.

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Kansas City Area Shootings
11:05 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Overland Park Shooting Suspect Had History Of Anti-Semitism

Visitors leaving the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., as police investigate.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Johnson County District Attorney said Monday that Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as F. Glenn Miller, could be charged with murder as early as Tuesday. In addition to state charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Cross could also face federal hate crimes charges, but those will be taken to a grand jury. Authorities said that their investigation was focused on Cross and they were not seeking any other suspects.

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