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11:27 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Missouri Board of Education OKs No Child Left Behind waiver

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Updated 1:28 p.m. to reflect that eleven states have already been granted waivers.

The Missouri Board of Education has approved the state's request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Members voted Tuesday to support the waiver's submission to the U.S. Department of Education with minor edits. Last fall, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

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St. Louis Public Radio on Marketplace
10:34 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Missouri primary will cost millions, but not matter

A voter leaving a voting booth in Georgia in 2010. Missouri will hold its presidential primary tomorrow.
(via Flickr/Congress of local and regional authorities)

Missouri is holding its presidential primary tomorrow, and turnout is expected to be extremely low. That is in part because the votes won't count, even though the primary will close taxpayers millions of dollars.

Check out our own Maria Altman's story for Marketplace Morning Report, which aired this morning.

Business / Edward Jones Dome
5:19 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

$124 million in Edward Jones Dome upgrades proposed

The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Rams.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is proposing $124 million in improvements to the Edward Jones Dome in hopes of keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

A lease agreement with the team requires the dome to be among the top 25 percent of all stadiums as measured by various criteria.

If not, the Rams could break the lease after the 2014 season and potentially move. Owner Stan Kroenke has been non-committal about keeping the Rams in St. Louis.

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State of the Union
2:23 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

State of the Union: 2012

President Barack Obama.
(Pete Souza)

Join us tonight beginning at 8 p.m. for live special coverage of the 2012 State of the Union address from NPR.

As always, you can listen on-air at 90.7 FM or online here.

After President Obama addresses Congress, the Republican response will be given by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

What is President Obama expected to touch on during his address? White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe gave NPR this preview of the speech. The featured topic of choice? The economy.

Thanks for joining us!

Election 2012 / Iowa Caucuses
7:00 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

The Iowa Caucuses

Iowa Republicans caucus tonight to voice their judgment on which candidate should challenge President Obama for the nation's top job in 2012.

Join us for live special coverage on-air tonight from NPR beginning at 8 p.m. and follow the latest from NPR on Election 2012 below.

Want to know more about the Iowa caucuses? NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin wrote up a blog post to give a historical perspective on what winning the caucuses means to the election as a whole and the process of caucusing itself.

Election 2012 News From NPR

Education / Charter Schools in St. Louis
12:38 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

2 St. Louis charter schools to close

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Two under-performing St. Louis charter schools will close at the end of the school year.

James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University's Education Division, which sponsors the schools, announced Monday that Imagine Academy of Academic Success and Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts, will close.

The university, which began sponsoring the schools in 2006, said neither school was living up to academic performance standards, was financially sound, or was showing signs of improvement.

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Texting While Driving / Gray Summit
11:54 am
Tue December 13, 2011

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use following Gray Summit pileup

Firefighters work a school bus accident that killed two and injured 38 others in a chain reaction accident near Gray Summit, Mo. on Aug. 5, 2010. It has since been reported that the driver in the initial collision of the pileup was texting while driving.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

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Election 2012 / Ryan Dillon
4:31 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Dillon, ex-aide to Skelton runs for Mo. secretary of state

Ryan Dillon, of Rolla, Mo. has announced he's running for Missouri Secretary of State.
(via Facebook/with permission from Dillon campaign)

An aide to former Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton says he plans to run for Missouri secretary of state.

Ryan Dillon, of Rolla, said Monday that he intends to make job creation and an "open political process" the themes of his campaign.

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Amending the Arch
3:55 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

$20 million awarded for Arch grounds upgrade

Daffodils in full bloom near the Gateway Arch in Luther Ely Smith Park in St. Louis as temperatures neared 70 degrees on a clear spring day in St. Louis on April 12, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The effort to upgrade the grounds of the Gateway Arch is getting a boost from the federal government - a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The agency planning the project, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, announced Monday that the grant will pay for roadway improvements along Interstate 70 near the site of the Arch, including a pedestrian land bridge over I-70 connecting the Old Courthouse, Luther Ely Smith Square and the Arch grounds.

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Developing: Albert Pujols
9:45 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Pujols goes to the Angels in 10-year, $254M deal

Originally published 9:15 a.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

Updated 9:59 a.m. to include information about deal possibly reaching $260 million.

Updated 11:54 a.m. to include comments from McNeal & announced deal amount.

Updated 12:16 p.m. with response of Cardinals organization

Updated 1:22 p.m. with comments from Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto

Updated 4:17 with comment from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak

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