St. Louis on the Air

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St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

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Flooding
4:21 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Forecasters Predict Lower Water Levels For Mississippi River Towns

A house in Clarksville, Mo. is ready for the rising waters on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Weather forecasters are predicting slow relief for Missouri and Illinois towns battling floods. 

A number of towns situated along the Mississippi River have been dealing with rising waters over the past few days. The northeast Missouri town of Clarksville is experiencing its sixth flood in the past decade, while roads around Grafton, Illinois, are also under water.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Democratic Primary Contest For St. Louis County Executive More Heated Than Usual

St. Louis County Executive candidates Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley.
Credit (Campaign Photos)

The race receiving the most regional attention ahead of the August primary in Missouri is the contest for the Democratic nomination for St. Louis County executive.  Three candidates are seeking the nomination including 10-year incumbent Charlie Dooley. County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, is his chief opponent.

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St. Louis On The Air
6:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Film Takes New Look At The 2008 Kirkwood City Hall Shooting; Has The Culture Changed?

A still from Sarah Paulsen's film
Credit Sarah Paulsen

On Feb. 7, 2008, Cookie Thornton, a resident of the Meacham Park neighborhood in Kirkwood, entered a Kirkwood City Council meeting and started shooting. Six people died, including Thornton.

Filmmaker Sarah Paulsen has recently produced an animated film, Elegy to Connie, that focuses on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr, one of the victims, and her efforts to give greater voice to women and minorities.

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St. Louis On The Air
5:02 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Do You Remember Your First Kiss? Local Author And Journalist Explores A Webster Groves Kid’s Attempt

Credit (Courtesy of the Author)

It’s likely that you remember your first kiss. And at a certain age, it can be an obsession – a source of worriment and intrigue.

In his new novel, “Try to Kiss a Girl,” KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen shares what he calls a “kind portrayal of a quirky family.” The story is about Patrick Cantwell, a fictional 11 year old from Webster Groves, who makes a bet with a friend to see who can kiss a girl before the end of the family’s vacation in Grand Haven, Michigan.

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St. Louis On The Air
3:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Why Should St. Louisans Care About The Kidnappings Of Schoolgirls In Nigeria?

Map of Nigeria
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In April, Boko Haram, an extremist group in Nigeria that opposes western education, kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls and women and more kidnappings have followed. Thus far, the government has not located the girls. NPR is following the story.

Nigeria native Benjamin Ola Akande is the dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University. He is following the situation closely, and was in Nigeria about three months ago.

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Fred Pestello
8:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

At SLU, New President Faces Many Challenges

SLU President Fred Pestello
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The scaffolding surrounding DuBourg Hall on the Saint Louis University campus is as much symbolic as it is structural.

While the administration building gets a facelift, the president’s office got a new occupant this week. Fred Pestello, SLU’s first non-Jesuit president, took over on Tuesday after a six-year career as president of Le Moyne College, another Jesuit institution in Syracuse, N.Y.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Classical Pianist Ingrid Jacoby On Her St. Louis Roots

Classical pianist and St. Louis native Ingrid Jacoby
Credit I.C. Artists

It’s not easy to make a living as a concert pianist, but St. Louis native Ingrid Jacoby is doing just that.

Jacoby makes her home in London these days, but she grew up in Olivette, Mo. and went to Ladue High School—for at least part of the day. By the age of 12 she was already spending half days studying piano alongside college students at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. 

Jacoby started taking piano when she was four, but found it boring until she switched teachers.

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Transportation Funding
3:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

LaHood: Inaction On Highway Trust Fund Could Be Disastrous

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaks on Tuesday at a St. Louis Regional Chamber event. The former Illinois Republican congressman is supporting an effort to raise the federal gas tax.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tuesday, updated on Wednesday, July 2 with "St. Louis on the Air" interview

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is sounding the alarm bells about the federal government’s dwindling Highway Trust Fund.

LaHood — a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois — wants Congress to raise the federal gas tax to prevent the fund from going belly up.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

St. Louis Has Fewer Catholics But Does That Signal Decline?

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
(via Flickr/Scuddr)

Institutional religions are losing members to those who claim to be “unaffiliated,” people who are often religious or spiritual in some way but don’t belong to an institution. Nearly one in five of U.S. adults are “unaffiliated” according to the Pew Research Center.

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St. Louis On The Air
4:45 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

A St. Louis Answer To Low College Enrollment

College Summit and InspireSTL are working to increase college enrollment numbers in the region.
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As a junior in high school, Ayont Young figured she’d go to Missouri State University to study nursing. It was the only college she’d looked at and she was sure she could get in. Then, she signed up for College Summit’s summer Peer Leader program.

College Summit is a local answer to the lack of academic support and resources in some communities nationwide. Program leaders encourage their students to reach higher and work harder – while giving them the support they need to do so.

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