Ferguson Protest
8:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Clashes With Ferguson Protest In St. Louis

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Celebrations in St. Louis for Martin Luther King Jr. were interspersed with protests on Monday as activists continued their call for social justice in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown last August in Ferguson.

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Legislative Change
6:15 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Ferguson Church Hosts Congressional Black Caucus

Nine members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Wellspring United Methodist Church on Sunday. Seated left to right in the first row are: G.K. Butterfield, Andre Carson, Lacy Clay, Sheila Jackson Lee and Karen Bass.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson hosted nine members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Sunday for a service commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The chair of the CBC, G.K. Butterfield, told the congregation that all 46 members of the caucus are committed to comprehensive criminal justice reform.

“And so we have come to commemorate Dr. King. But we’ve also come to promise you, to promise Ferguson and promise America that the issue of criminal justice reform is the centerpiece of the CBC agenda in the 114th Congress,” Butterfield said.

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Michael Brown
4:38 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Activists Seek Investigation Of How McCulloch Handled Grand Jury

Four Ferguson activists have gone to court seeking an investigation into St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Four St. Louis area activists who are familiar faces in Ferguson are asking the St. Louis County circuit court to order an investigation into the way prosecutor Bob McCulloch handled the Darren Wilson grand jury.

The case, filed late Thursday, seeks to use section 106 of the Missouri Revised Statutes to force judge Maura McShane to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch. McCulloch has been a lightning rod for criticism from the start of the case. 

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UMSL Enrollment
2:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Hiring Freeze Remains As UMSL Decreases Enrollment Gap

Millennium Student Center at UMSL
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

The University of Missouri-St. Louis says its second-semester enrollment drop won’t be as dire as first thought, but a hiring freeze for the campus remains in effect.

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Politically Speaking
10:26 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Politically Speaking: Councilman Harder Discusses the Rams, Ferguson And Stenger

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On this week's edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome the newest member of the St. Louis County Council -- Councilman Mark Harder. 

The Republican from Ballwin grew up in Normandy and eventually became a real estate professional. He was elected to the Ballwin City Council in 2011 and worked to mitigate the impact of a grocery store in the West County suburb.

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10:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Should There Be New Ferguson Grand Jury? Can There Be?

Buzz Westfall Justice Center
Credit Courtesy Nate Birt

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s request for a St. Louis County judge to consider a new grand jury and special prosecutor in the death of Michael Brown calls for an action that is without precedent.

No Missouri court has appointed a special prosecutor and empaneled a second grand jury over the objection of the local prosecutor whose first grand jury did not indict, legal experts say. Nor does there appear to be a precedent anywhere else in the country.

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Minority Employment
4:24 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Urban League Starts Jobs Program In North St. Louis County

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger spoke at a press conference Tuesday about Save Our Sons, a new job training and placement initiative launched by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has launched a job training and placement program in north St. Louis County called Save Our Sons. The effort is getting serious corporate support — and a dash of Hollywood.

At a news conference Tuesday, Urban League CEO Michael McMillan announced $1.25 million in corporate donations toward the project:

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St. Louis on the Air
1:17 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Former St. Louis Mayor: Build New Rams Stadium In Illinois

Vince Schoemehl, former St. Louis mayor and president of Grand Center Inc., talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Monday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Weighing in on how to keep the St. Louis Rams from moving back to Los Angeles, former St. Louis Mayor Vince Schoemehl supports building a new stadium for the team. But the proposed location is wrong, he said.

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United Way
9:30 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

More Directed Giving, Some Responding To Ferguson, Leaves Less For Other United Way Agencies

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Some social service agencies in St. Louis will receive less funding from the United Way of Greater St. Louis this year despite a record annual campaign for the agency.

The United Way raised $73 million to fund programs in 2015, about $500,000 more than its stated goal. But $3.7 million of those dollars were directed to specific agencies or causes - more than 20 times the amount of restricted giving in 2014.

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Beyond Ferguson
10:23 am
Sun January 11, 2015

To Set Future Course, Ferguson Commission Turns To Young People

From left, McClure North High School seniors DeAnna Harper and Tyra Searcy speak during a breakout session as Ferguson Commission member Brittany Packnett listens.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson Commission member Brittany Packnett opened the meeting with a clear message: “This work isn’t about making people comfortable, it’s about telling the truth.”

And during Saturday’s forum at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, young people responded.

“We’ve been saying for so many months that we want our voices to be heard, and finally, someone has listened” said Rasheen Aldridge, who at 20-years-old is the youngest member of the commission.

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