Shula Neuman

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Shula Neuman has more than a decade of journalism experience as both a print and radio reporter.  Shula comes to St. Louis Public Radio after working as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C.  She also reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station and, before that, worked as a reporter and evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio.  Yes, this is Shula’s second stint with St. Louis Public Radio. She says she just can’t stay away from her hometown because she’s tired of rooting for the Cardinals in absentia.  Shula has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University; an Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a bachelor’s from Reed College in Portland, OR. She claims she has no intention of going back to school again.  Shula is an avid cyclist, canine enthusiast and compulsive baker (although she has yet to bake anything for dogs).

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Police stopped more than a million drivers in Missouri in 2013, statistics released Friday show, with African Americans still more likely to be pulled over than whites.

The Missouri Attorney General's office released the annual Vehicle Stops Report (VSR) Friday. In a statement, Attorney General Chris Koster said that the disproportionate number of stops of African American is less than ideal, but should serve as a way to start talking about how to remediate the trend.

(Wake Forest University)

If there’s one thing I hate to do as a writer is repeat myself. I don’t like to say the same thing over and over again.

But sometimes, stories are so compelling and just don’t seem to die. So, I find that I have to retread familiar ground just a little bit.

This time, it’s women in corporate America.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

For those who have forgotten our high school French, that handy phrase translates to: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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It’s Tuesday, that magical day of the week when our thoughts turn to questions of economics, business, innovation, technology … and related topics that tickle our fancy but we haven’t been able to report on ourselves. It’s the day we say, “Don’t think we haven’t been paying attention, dear reader,” and we share some the things we’ve been reading on topics of interest. 

(David Cappaert, Michigan State University)

Beware the Emerald Ash Borer. 

Ash trees in the St. Louis area are susceptible to attacks from the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle that has been creeping toward the area since 2008.

The green beetle, with a penchant for any kind of ash tree, has infested and killed millions of trees nationwide. The beetle is native of Asia and was first found in Michigan in the early 2000s, although recent research suggests the bug could have been here since the early 1990s.

(Shula Neuman, St. Louis Public Radio)

Train enthusiasts and history buffs gathered at the re-opening of Union Station yesterday in downtown St. Louis. The newly rehabbed train station and hotel kicked off its inaugural weekend by celebrating National Train Day.

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It’s Tuesday, the day when we poke our heads out of the offices of St. Louis Public Radio and review some of the other stories brewing in the economy that have piqued our interest.

First up is news that a very important economist has left this earth. Nobel Laureate Gary Becker died on Saturday. He is most notable for his economic theories that tried to explain human behavior, tackling questions that went way beyond supply and demand. The University of Chicago professor studied things like crime, racial discrimination and even romance.

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Last week, the calendar turned from April to May, bringing with it plenty of budding leaves, flowers and allergies.  

But it’s not just pollen in the air that could be causing your eyes to burn and your throat to itch. The American Lung Association also came out with its annual State of the Air 2014 report and the findings do not reflect well on the St. Louis area.

The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County received the following grades:

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A maroon car with a pink mustache drove past me this weekend when I was out walking the dog. It was not a car trying to make a fashion statement. It was one of the new Lyft drivers who put the distinctive pink mustache on her car’s grille as an indicator that she is open for business.

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The humble salamander kicks off this week’s summary of science, health and environmental news.

Actually, the salamander may not be so humble. Or at least, not woodland salamanders. It turns out, those little critters are hugely helpful in decreasing the amount of carbon gas released into the atmosphere. And they do it because they are very good eaters.

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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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By the time this post is published, people across St. Louis are reveling from having watched the first Cardinals’ home game of the season and are gearing up for a fabulous season.

I’m hoping that is the case because this week's rundown on economy and innovation isn’t all sunshine and flowers. Actually there could be flowers, but you’ll have to wait to read about that.

First, let’s talk entrepreneurship. 

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A confession: One of the things about science that I enjoy (and I’m not a scientist by training) is that it answers some really fun questions.

This week, St. Louis Public Radio came across not one, not two, but THREE articles that tackled some of science's most perplexing and fun conundrums.

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Every week, I turn to my reporters and ask what they’ve been reading that’s related to their beats, but they just haven’t been able to get around on reporting themselves. I then turn around and share some of those articles with you and I usually attempt to find some thematic tie.

Usually, the thematic tie is arbitrary and, some would say, fanciful. Other times, the reporters hand me a bunch of articles and I think, “Did they talk with each other to plan this?” This week was one of those weeks.

The primary theme revolved around income and the public assistance. Sort of.

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We all know that St. Louis is unique in many ways — our passion for baseball; our obsession with bricks; our Arch.

It turns out, the region is even unique when it comes to gentrification. Two area academics wrote about their research on St. Louis gentrification in nextSTL.com.  They say the preconception about gentrification is that upwardly mobile whites move into urban neighborhoods and push out the largely minority, low-income population that lived there originally.

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Last week, people all over St. Louis – and all over the Midwest and East Coast, probably – celebrated the official start of spring. They celebrated because the winter has been unusually long and cold and, somehow, darker than usual. And they celebrated with a tinge of worry that the brutal winter could give way to an equally brutal, hot summer.

If that does happen, be prepared for a lot of talk about climate change. 

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As a journalist, I admit that I am guilty of loving the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics report about the unemployment rate. I love it because it’s a clear cut report with hard numbers that seem to tell a story we can all understand; a story that says “this number of people are officially unemployed. That’s down from last month, which means the economy is getting better.”  

Simple, right?

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If you are a regular listener to our radio airwaves, you may have noticed that St. Louis Public Radio has been asking for your financial support  to help keep our station up and running.

There are a million reasons to become a member and if you enjoy reading this Rundown, then that is one of the reasons. If you haven’t yet contributed, I encourage you to do so.

That’s the end of my pitch to try to get you to contribute… so read on!

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There is, perhaps, a bit of irony that this week’s Health & Science Rundown begins with a video that has gone viral.

Get it? Viral? Science? Illness is caused by viruses and when they spread….OK.  You get it.

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As I write this post, the temperature outside is barely tipping double digits; many of my colleagues are scratching their heads over the very inaccurate weather forecast that was supposed to blast us with six to 12 inches of snow; the rest are trying to figure out why their children’s school districts closed today.

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Emerald Automotive Partners announced today that its been acquired by Chinese automotive giant Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Group).  The acquisition is not expected to affect Emerald’s agreement with Hazelwood to build energy-efficient delivery vans in the city.

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