Politics & Issues
Fri March 7, 2014
The Rundown: St. Louis' Past Lives And Current Dilemmas
We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.
Down Memory Lane
It's always fun to take a photographic stroll down Memory Lane, especially when the photos show, as these do, dramatic shifts over time.
Some things change, and some things stay the same. Take a look at historical photos from St. Louis and present-day photos taken to match by photographer Brian Villa. Then try your hand at recreating a historical photo and let us know how it looks.
Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station. Thursday the media was introduced to the mural with dramatic fanfare.
In the midst of the heat of controversy, maybe we can shed a little light on an issue that goes back decades.
St. Louis has a legacy of nuclear waste. Some of it is in Bridgeton, at what's known as the West Lake Landfill. In the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill, an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years. The situation has caused a lot of fear and confusion. St. Louis Public Radio has started this FAQ to help answer some of your questions. We'll add to it as we hear from you.
Sound of music
BluesFest and Taste of St. Louis are leaving for Chesterfield. Were they run out of St. Louis?
St. Louis aldermen have temporarily slowed the progress of a measure that would reserve Memorial and Labor Day weekends for a new music festival in downtown St. Louis for at least the next 10 years.
Dazed and confused
St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth. The number of deaths in Missouri caused by heroin has doubled in recent years, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in St. Louis.
With candidate filing now underway, election season has officially opened, and politicians are jockeying for position.
County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is running for his first full term as assessor. It’s likely to be a more subdued campaign than 2011, especially in the context of a contentious Democratic primary for county executive. But while running for assessor may be as sexy as, say, running for recorder of deeds, Zimmerman said he has plenty to talk about.
Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who was at the center of a high-profile effort last year to oust him from office, is now seeking to be elected to the St. Louis County Council. Paul is the second Ellisville official to file for a county office. The city councilman who was his chief nemesis in last year’s fight – Matt Pirrello – filed last week as a Republican for St. Louis County executive. Some county Republicans are also urging former state Sen. Jane Cunningham to run for county executive.
This year has been one of big changes in Missouri's schools, ranging from changing the number of standardized tests students must take to how schools are accredited.
With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a sweeping education bill designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for debate in the House. We break down the two bills: What's alike? What's not? And how do these bills related to the proposal of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Can schools cut back sharply on the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning? The state of Missouri is about to find out.
We continue our ongoing investigation into Missouri's execution protocol.
When Missouri's execution drug supplier backed out after facing a lawsuit, the state found another pharmacy willing to sell it pentobarbital. But if that proved impossible, Missouri also had another option: It could use its controversial backup drug, midazolam.
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