Ribbon Cutting
6:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ferguson Officials Hope New Community Center Has Unifying Effect

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles cuts the ribbon opening the community center Friday, September 19, 2014 surrounded by city officials and Lions Club members.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A new community center is opening in Ferguson, less than three miles from where Michael Brown was shot by police on Aug. 9.

Originally a Roman Catholic school and parish, the community center has a gym, an exercise room and sports fields, as well as a computer center, a game room for teens and several meeting rooms.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning, Mayor James Knowles said he hopes the opening of the community center will help bring residents together. 

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Culture in verse
4:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ferguson Events Push St. Louis’ Efforts To Name Poet Laureate

Credit St. Louis Public Radio photos

Boise has one. So do Houston and Los Angeles, and even East St. Louis. But St. Louis is one of the few major cities that doesn’t have a poet laureate, an official poet to document its culture in verse.

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9:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Concert For Peace And Unity Stands With Normandy High

The Normandy High School Chorale performing in February 2014
Credit Tim Lloyd |File Photo | St. Louis Public Radio

We confront trouble in various ways, and the most destructive of them and wasteful of them is violence. Certainly, tragically, the death of Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9 in Ferguson was a mean-streets example of the most malevolent sort of violence, a violence that generates an expanding circle of suffering, one affecting exponentially the lives of a huge and diverse population.

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Ferguson business assistance
5:20 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Emerson Launches "Ferguson Forward" Program, Funds Youth Jobs And Scholarships

Fortune 500 company Emerson has announced a renewed commitment and investment in the Ferguson community where it is headquartered. (Pictured: Emerson's data center in North St. Louis County)
Credit St. Louis Economic Development Partnership website

The global manufacturing company Emerson is upping its investment in the Ferguson community to show "renewed commitment" to the place it has been headquartered for 70 years.

"We choose to be here and are committed to this community, especially now in its increased time of need," chairman and CEO David Farr said in a press release. "We...want to help remove barriers so that more of our neighbors can succeed."

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Beyond Ferguson
4:46 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Bernice King Brings Message Of Nonviolence To Riverview Gardens

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks with students at Riverview Gardens High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Bernice King began her second visit to Riverview Gardens High School by telling students about her own anger. Her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was gunned down in his prime. Her uncle, Alfred Daniel Williams King, died amid suspicious circumstances.

King told them about that anger boiling over. She told them about striking a friend in the head with a bottle after an argument. Anxiety filled King while waiting for her friend to wake up after being knocked unconscious.

King told students anger can consume them.

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Beyond Ferguson
12:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nixon Picks Maida Coleman To Lead New Agency Reaching Out To Minorities

Maida Coleman

After facing intense heat from some of his party’s African-American leaders, Gov. Jay Nixon is tapping a former St. Louis-area senator to serve as a liaison to the state’s poor and minority communities. 

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10:57 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What Is The Status Of The Five Basic Demands Ferguson Protesters Are Making?

Credit Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

In the nearly six weeks since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, demands for justice have been on the lips of thousands of protesters.

Every group has defined justice a bit differently, but there have been five common themes.

1. Officer Darren Wilson must be fired, arrested and prosecuted for the death of Michael Brown

2. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch must recuse himself from the case.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Civil Rights Advocate Says It’s Time For A New Brown Strategy

Sherrilyn Ifill participates in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
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Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had planned to discuss the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision during her trip to St. Louis. That changed after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson.

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Economic Development
2:48 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Centene's Decision To Build In Ferguson: A Conversation With The CEO

CEO and Chairman Michael Neidorff leads Centene's Board of Directors.
Credit Courtesy Centene

Earlier this month Centene Corp., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Clayton, announced it would build a new medical claims facility in Ferguson. The company, which operates government-sponsored health care plans in 20 states, has said it will hire 150 to 200 employees at the facility.

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2014 General Election
1:45 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

North County Officials Form New Democratic Coalition, Call For More Respect

Officials at the news conference Sept. 17.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

In a warning to area Democratic leaders, a number of north St. Louis County mayors and other African-American elected officials announced Wednesday that they’ve formed a political coalition aimed at increasing the clout of minority voters.

“Recent events have shown that our voice has diminished,” said St. Louis County Council chair Hazel Erby, D-University City, who served as spokeswoman. “That ends today.”

Erby said the coalition is “serving notice that we are not going to support candidates just because they have an insignia of a donkey behind their name.”

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