Alex Taylor

Charter schools
9:53 am
Wed December 21, 2011

New charter school in Hyde Park neighborhood showing success

Better Learning Communities Academy in the Hyde Park neighborhood in St. Louis.
(Alex Taylor/St. Louis Public Radio)

In August, four new charter schools opened in the city of St. Louis. One of the four is Better Learning Communities Academy, a small school for kindergarten through 2nd grade students.

Since the St. Louis Public School District lost its accreditation in 2007, charter schools have been popping up around the city to offer alternate choices for education.

Charter schools are not required to follow a state curriculum and many are reporting scores at drastically low levels.

Better Learning Communities Academy, however, might be one of the new charter schools turning that statistic around.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Alex Taylor takes a look at BLCA after its first semester and reports a brighter side of St. Louis charter schools.

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Deer hunting
3:18 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Unusual antlered does reported to MDC by Mo. deer hunters

Deer hunters display their unusual find - a female deer with developed antlers.
(via Missouri Department of Conservation/Amy Nold)

Some Missouri deer hunters made unexpected discoveries while hunting this fall. Five female deer have been reported by hunters to the Missouri Department of Conservation sporting fully formed antlers. The antlered deer, analyzed by MDC Resource Scientist Emily Flinn, appear to be externally female. Flinn specializes in deer biology and says this phenomenon all comes down to hormones.

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Disaster relief
1:53 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Grants and loans for disaster relief in St. Louis County have reached over $3.5 million

Residents remove belongings three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo. on April 25, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

As the six-month anniversary of the presidential disaster declaration for Missouri approaches, federal disaster grants and loans have reached over $3.5 million in St. Louis County.

Grants and loans have been distributed by FEMA’s Individuals and Household Programs, their Public Assistance Program and the Small Business Administration disaster loan program.

The money has been providing for those affected by disasters in St. Louis County.

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Claire McCaskill
1:52 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

McCaskill on failed China trade hub efforts, use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri's Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, is expressing disappointment with the state legislature for failing to agree on a proposal for millions of dollars of tax credits to transform the St. Louis airport into a trade hub with the Chinese.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said most of the blame falls on Missouri Republicans. She says she hopes they can get their act together before January.

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Morning Round-up
9:41 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, October 10, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals lost game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Miller Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisc.
(via Flickr/ConspiracyofHappiness)

Cardinals lose Game 1 of NLCS

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I-70 ramp closure
12:41 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

MoDOT permanently closes I-70 ramp to 10th Street Oct. 10

Mississippi River Bridge under construction.
(Courtesy of MoDOT)

The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor Millstone Bangert Inc. will permanently close the exit ramp 249A from eastbound Interstate 70 to 10th Street in St. Louis City at  9  a.m. October 10, 2011.

The ramp will be removed permanently so crews can construct roadway and ramps between I-70 and the new Mississippi River Bridge. The new ramps to the bridge will cross directly over the current location of the 10th Street exit ramps.

Drivers can use Broadway exit 250A to get into the city.

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