Politics & Issues
11:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Rundown: D-Day Vets, Road Bumps And Our Town In Pictures

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Day to remember

Richard Gibbler of Jefferson City is a veteran of D-Day.
Richard Gibbler of Jefferson City is a veteran of D-Day.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that day, Allied forces began the push to end the European front of World War II by landing in Normandy, France. Thousands died that day. Those that survived are now in their 90s. St. Louis on the Air and Marshall Griffin talked to some Missouri veterans who were there.

The long and winding roads

Road construction and repair top the list of most of the area's wish list for transportation tax.
Road construction and repair top the list of most of the area's wish list for transportation tax.
Credit File photo

Road Construction Tops Ring Counties' Wish Lists

This week, St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and other collar counties turned in their preliminary lists of projects that could be funded over a 10-year period with the transportation tax. Except for St. Louis, the surrounding counties have all focused on roads.

Area Counties Ready Project Wish Lists; Nixon Opposes Tax Increase

St. Louis and St. Louis County have plans for nearly $1.1 billion worth of transportation projects if a statewide sales tax increase passes this August.

Climate change -- ecological and political

Missouri, which is dependent on coal, would have a hard time conforming to EPA's proposed guidelines.
Missouri, which is dependent on coal, would have a hard time conforming to EPA's proposed guidelines.
Credit (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposal sparked immediate debate over the impact, especially in states such as Missouri that depend heavily on coal.

Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals

Every one of the region’s Republican members of Congress have come out against the EPA's proposals while area Democrats are split. The stark differences in the partisan reactions reflects the belief that curbing greenhouse emissions is a no-win issue for Democrats concerned about retaining control of the U.S. Senate.

Sch0ol may be out -- but plenty of school work remains

With fate of student transfer bill up in the air, unaccredited school districts face a lot of uncertainty again this fall.
With fate of student transfer bill up in the air, unaccredited school districts face a lot of uncertainty again this fall.
Credit (via Flickr/frankjuarez)

Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say

With a veto of the school transfer bill all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools, but it won't be easy.

Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow

Though the new Normandy appointed school board won’t be precisely like the special administrative boards now in place for the Riverview Gardens and St. Louis schools — and the one in Wellston before that district was dissolved and attached to Normandy — it has the same basic premise: It removes power from an elected board and gives it to one chosen by and accountable to the state.

Science lab

MRIs help visualize "chemobrain," a phenomenon that many patients on chemotherapy describe as a "mental fog."
MRIs help visualize "chemobrain," a phenomenon that many patients on chemotherapy describe as a "mental fog."
Credit Bradley Schlaggar

Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation

Most people have heard about the undesirable side effects that chemotherapy has on the body of people suffering from cancer. There's balding, fatigue and loss of appetite, to name a few. Until recently, however, chemotherapy’s effects on the brain weren’t widely recognized. Now they are -- and the syndrome is called "chemobrain."

A Freezer At Washington University May Hold The Key To Developing New Antibiotics

Professor Tim Wencewicz is trying to help patients who have resistance to antibiotics. In his lab at Wash  U, he has a fridge with 10,000 strains of frozen bacteria that can be used to help develop new antibacterial medicines.

Our town

Amateur photographer Hillary Hitchcock took this photo of classic south St. Louis bungalows.
Amateur photographer Hillary Hitchcock took this photo of classic south St. Louis bungalows.
Credit Courtesy of Sheldon Art Galleries
Sheldon Photo Contest Winners Show St. Louis With Affection

How do you see St. Louis? That was the question the Sheldon Art Galleries posed as it asked people to send their photographic answer for prizes and a chance to have their work shown. An exhibit of professional and amateur photos opens Fri., June 6 and reveals a love affair with the city.

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