The Rundown: All The Buzz About Student Beekeepers — And County Executive Race
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Primary election 2014Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air'
The Democratic candidates for St. Louis County executive appeared separately on "St. Louis on the Air." Here's what they had to say. The GOP candidates will appear on the program on July 29.
St. Louis County is home to close to 80,000 businesses that employ at least 546,000 people. Add in one-person firms. All those jobs and businesses highlight the county’s dominant economic role in the state. But it faces significant economic challenges — and that's not lost on the candidates county executive.
In a series of videos, the candidates talk about their achievements and their opinions. Each candidate also shares a personal detail that voters may not know — like Democrat Steve Stenger being the lead singer of a high school rock band.
How much muscle will area unions exert in their effort to oust incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley? On the same side for years, many labor unions have become estranged with Dooley over county contracts and county appointments. Since last fall, most of the region’s union campaign donations and endorsements have gone to Councilman Steve Stenger, Dooley’s chief opponent in the Democratic primary.
Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy. One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.
Want to know what projects — and where in the state — the money from the transportation tax would go, if it passes? Check out our graphic.
Sweet Sensations, an entrepreneurship program run by Northside Community Housing, Inc., plugs into a growing interest to teach business basics to teens in real-world settings. “The idea was that the youth would learn how to run the business, and that they would actually run it,” said one of the founders. The program of bee-keeping and honey-based products has six students who are paid $10 an hour.
Gov. Jay Nixon struck down 33 bills this year, surpassing last year’s “personal best” of 29 vetoes, and the latest sign of his deteriorating relationship with the GOP-controlled legislature. Nixon's feistiness may be due to term limits or a push toward the national spotlight. Still, lawmakers will get to respond in September at their annual veto session. GOP leaders say they’re ready to override many of Nixon’s objections.
Ripped from his home in Poland at age 9 by the Nazis, Ben Fainer is a Holocaust survivor liberated by the American army in 1945. Ultimately, he made his way to St. Louis. For all that time, Fainer said he told his seven children nothing of the horrors he had seen. He wore long sleeves to cover up the tattoo on his arm — 178873. Now he has a book about his experiences.
Back to school
The Normandy Schools Collaborative is looking for a fresh start. So is Andrew Nardi. He’s hoping he’ll get his first teaching job when classes start next month. Nardi was one of more than 220 people who expressed interest in working for Normandy at job fairs this week. At the first session, Nardi and others took part in half-hour interviews after filling out an online application, taking an assessment designed to show how well they would succeed in a setting like Normandy and submitting a lesson plan.