Peabody
4:41 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Students Want Washington University To Cut Peabody Ties

Protestors converge on the steps of Brookings Hall to protest Washington University's ties with Peabody.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Nicholas Curry's sleeping arrangement has changed a bit over the last couple of days.

Curry, a junior at Washington University, has been camping out in a tent near Brookings Hall. It's part of a "sit-in" to get Washington University to cut ties with Peabody Energy, a large coal company that's headquartered in St. Louis. 

"I slept out here with my dog Max," Curry said. "So, we spent the night here last night, and we'll be here tonight."

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Politically Speaking
3:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Politically Speaking: Sen. LeVota Talks Medicaid And Democrats' Climb Out Of Legislative Hole

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

This week’s split show features insight from the Politically Speaking crew and a visit from a political figure from the western side of the state – state Sen. Paul LeVota.

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The first part of the show breaks down the latest developments in the state budgetary process and the advancement of a sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin fills in for the vacationing Jo Mannies.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

St. Louis Agencies Rally To Prevent Child Abuse

Credit via the Child Abuse Prevention Facebook page

Thirty-four children died in the state of Missouri in 2012 due to child abuse and neglect. Seven of them were in St. Louis. All told, more than 13,000 reports of abuse and neglect involving almost 20,000 children were filed in the St. Louis region in 2012. About 900 of those reports were proven to be substantiated, with almost 50 percent of the cases receiving some sort of services.

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Obituary
11:16 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Rep. Rory Ellinger: Civil Rights Activist, Attorney Fought For ‘Vulnerable And Powerless'

Rory Ellinger. This photo was designed to be used for his re-election campaign. But that campaign was stopped when the Democratic state representative learned he had liver cancer.
Credit campaign photo

During the late 1950s, Rory Ellinger, a high school student at Bishop Du Bourg, had a job as a checker at Kroger’s. During a lunch break, he became transfixed by people picketing the nearby Woolworth’s over dining practices.

“Blacks could only order food to go out,” he recalled in the 1999 book, A Generation Divided. “If you were black, you came in and they served you in a bag and you had to leave.”

He joined the NAACP picket line. It was the prelude to a life defined by the civil rights movement.

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Monica Eppinger is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University Law School with extensive experience in diplomacy. She served nine years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service with tours of duty at the U.S. Consulate General in Kaduna, Nigeria; U.S. Embassy, Kiev, Ukraine; and at the State Department in Washington, D.C. where her responsibilities included policy in the former Soviet Union, Caspian basin energy development, and West African security.

Since joining the SLU Law faculty in July 2010, Professor Eppinger completed requirements to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology of law. Her research concentrates on sovereignty and selfhood. Her main areas of expertise include property, national security, and international law.

Mississippi River
12:02 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country

A proposal to build more levees to manage the Mississippi River's floods is one of the reasons it's ranked third most endangered in the country.
Credit (Flickr/The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Mississippi River, one of the hallmarks of American landscape, is no longer the expansive, grand river it once was. Decades of constructing levees, dams and other systems for managing floods have whittled it down to a series of pools, dramatically altering its ecosystem. 

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Politics & Issues
11:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Muni Election Results: Clayton Splits On Props; U City Firefighters In Campaign Controversy

Credit File photo

Clayton voters decided to split the difference when it came to four ballot propositions, passing two and rejecting two. Propositions A and C would have raised the sales tax, while Props B and D allowed the city to issue bonds for various projects.

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Equal Pay
10:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Durbin Pushes Bill To Discourage Discrimination, Pay Inequality For Women

Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is joining President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats in an election-year push to bridge the pay gap between men and women.

Speaking on the Senate Floor Tuesday, Durbin called on his Republican colleagues to help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“It says that women cannot be discriminated in the workplace simply because they are women,” he said.

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Politics & Issues
10:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Political Rundown: Money — And Lack Of It — In Elections

Credit (via Flickr/A Comment)

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some pleasure to read. This week, we look at just how green politics has become — and we're not talking environmentally aware.

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Missouri Legislature
10:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Commentary: Historic Preservation Means Economic Growth

This building on Cherokee Street was recognized by Landmarks as an endangered property that had been enhanced.
Credit File photos | Provided by Landmarks

As the Missouri legislature debates the future of the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit program, I would like to consider the meaning of the term “historic preservation” in the context of economic development.

In this context, historic preservation simply means the repair and reuse of high quality existing buildings.

Large numbers of useful buildings in town centers and urban areas across the region are under-performing as economic assets because they need to be repaired and brought back into productive service.

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