Joseph Leahy

Reporter

Leahy anchors St. Louis Public Radio's weekday afternoon newscasts and produces news on local and regional issues. He previously produced and reported news for WERS 88.9 FM in Boston and is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe’s online news section, "Your Town." He holds a master's degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston.  

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Joseph grew up migrating almost annually with his family between two disparate homes: rural Missouri and sprawling Los Angeles. He attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Missouri to complete a bachelor's degree in English.

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Business
2:23 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

$900,000 Grant Going To Minority Business Enterprises In St. Louis Region

Minority Business Development Agency national director David Hinson.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Department of Commerce is giving nearly $1 million to promote minority business enterprises, or MBEs, in the St. Louis region.

The $900,000 grant announced Tuesday will establish a business center to provide minority entrepreneurs and business owners with contract and financing opportunities, bonding services and executive training.

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Business
6:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Union Opposes Police HQ Contractor With Criminal Past

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 protest outside the future headquarters of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
John R Kahrhoff IBEW Local 1

A local union is protesting a sub-contractor working on St. Louis’ new police headquarters.  Local 1 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers opposes Thomas Ruzicka who has been convicted of embezzling more than $100,000 from former employees.

The union's business manager Frank Jacobs says Ruzicka is a license holder for R E Contracting that is handling about $1.2 million worth of electrical work for the downtown building. 

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East St. Louis
8:40 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

East St. Louis Pays Down Decades-Old Bonds

A survey released by Creighton University shows continued economic growth for the near future, though no real expectation for increased employment. (via Flickr/ Rob Lee)
Flickr/Rob Lee

East St. Louis has paid off more than $20 million in bonds it’s owed Illinois for nearly two decades.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the $21.4 million it borrowed 19 years ago helped bail out the city in a time of crisis, but paying them off has been a financial burden ever since.

“This is a huge deal,” he said. “What it does is send a message that East St. Louis has handled its responsibilities to the state of Illinois and we have never defaulted on our loan from the state of Illinois in terms of refinancing the bonds.”

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Central Riverfront Project
6:47 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Arch Riverfront Redevelopment Begins

City officials and developers shovel soil in a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at the Riverfront Overlook Stage between the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.
Joseph Leahy St. Louis Public Radio

An effort to improve safety and access between the Gateway Arch and the riverfront has begun. City leaders and developers kicked off construction Thursday afternoon on the second phase of redeveloping the Arch grounds.

The $33-million project, centered along Leonor K. Sullivan Bvld., will elevate the corridor by nearly three feet to reduce flooding as well as add bike paths, walkways, better lighting and landscaping.

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Animal Welfare
3:55 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Hundreds Of Animals Seized From Franklin County Home, Again

One of the animals rescued from a St. Clair, Mo. home on Tuesday.
Missouri Humane Society

The Humane Society of Missouri seized more than 250 domestic and farm animals from a property in Franklin County Tuesday for "deplorable" living conditions. In 2010, the organization removed 158 animals from the same property for being mistreated.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Director Mike Perkins says the rescued animals included 192 rabbits, as well as goats, cats, chickens, dogs and one duck.

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Veterans Day
7:58 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

St. Louis Honors Veterans

Dennis Charest, executive vice commander of the American Legion's 11th and 12th district of Missouri, speaks at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy

Salutes fired in downtown St. Louis this morning at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in honor of the sacrifices made by U.S. armed service members for their country. Parades, ceremonies and speeches in the St. Louis area over the three-day weekend marked the 95th anniversary of the end of WWI, known previously as Armistice Day.

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Education
8:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Panel Talks Accreditation Process Overhaul, School Transfers

Cast a Line Flickr

Many state officials have been receptive to a fresh proposal to overhaul the state’s school accreditation system, but the plan would take years to implement and won’t help the districts facing bankruptcy over student transfer and tuition costs.

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Immigration
5:51 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally

Norma Andrade became a U.S. citizen last week after living in the United States for 19 years.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)

The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House. 

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Affordable Care Act
5:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. 1, including users being unable to create accounts and load web pages.

Blunt cautions residents not to consider the website as a measure of whether or not the President's signature health care plan is working.

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Drought
4:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Stuck in the middle: total drought area shrinks as Missouri gets worse

(via National Drought Mitigation Center)

Extreme drought conditions in Missouri have worsened even though nationwide the total area affected by this year’s severe dry weather has decreased slightly. That’s according to this week’s report from the US Drought Monitor.

The portion of the country facing any level of drought decreased a point to about 63 percent. Meanwhile, about 93 percent of Missouri is in an extreme to exceptional drought.

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