Maria Chappelle-Nadal

9:07 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Student Transfer Debate Has New Element: Ferguson

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Renewed efforts to change Missouri’s law on school transfers look pretty much the same as the bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon, but sponsors of the newly filed legislation say events in Ferguson have changed the atmosphere for the upcoming debate.

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National Guard Deployment
9:58 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Nixon To Call Special Session To Pay For Ferguson-Related Security Costs

Gov. Jay Nixon is calling a special session to pay for the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol's operations in Ferguson and the St. Louis region.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to pay for the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol’s operations in Ferguson and the St. Louis region. 

It’s a move that comes amid immense disapproval of how the governor handled the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown.

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2014 General Election
10:38 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Clay, Chappelle-Nadal On Opposite Sides, But Still Pleased With Election Results

William Lacy Clay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, both University City Democrats, were on opposing sides during St. Louis County’s battle for county executive.

But you might not guess it from their post-election assessments.

Both are proclaiming victory.

While Clay’s candidate — fellow Democrat Steve Stenger — won on Nov. 4, Chappelle-Nadal is celebrating victory as well, because the Republican she endorsed,  Rick Stream, came close.

“It was a cool win, it was beautiful,’’ said Chappelle-Nadal, who appeared in a TV ad for Stream.

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Politically Speaking
7:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Politically Speaking: GOP Consultant Keller Assesses Election Landscape

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, the Politically Speaking crew welcomes Gregg Keller, a locally based Republican consultant who now runs his own firm, Atlas Strategy Group.

Keller represents a number of corporate and political clients, including state Auditor Tom Schweich, who’s expected to run for governor in 2016.

A graduate of Clayton High School, Keller got his political start after college (Florida State). He began as a volunteer, and later as a staffer, for Jim Talent when he ran in 2002 for the U.S. Senate (defeating Democratic incumbent Jean Carnahan).

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2014 General Election
4:18 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Chappelle-Nadal Crosses Party Lines To Appear In Stream's Ad

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated noon, Thursday, Oct. 9)

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is the star of Republican Rick Stream’s television ad, an unusual example of cross-party dynamics in the race for St. Louis County executive.  

Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, appears in an ad promoting Stream’s bipartisan credentials. 

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On The Trail
3:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Could McCulloch Delay Grand Jury Announcement To Help Stenger?

Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, shakes hands with St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch during last year's announcement of Stenger's county executive bid.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was helping Councilman Steve Stenger in his bid for county executive from literally the moment he started running.

McCulloch was the introductory speaker at the Affton Democrat’s campaign kickoff last year. He's contributed close to $100,000 in in-kind contributions to Stenger's campaign. And he's appeared in ads attacking incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and praising Stenger’s promise to “clean up” St. Louis County.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Catching Up On Events In Ferguson

T-shirts supporting Ferguson are sold at the Ferguson Farmers Market.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The protests, town hall meetings and conversations continue, but six weeks after the shooting death of Michael Brown, there are still a lot of unanswered questions in Ferguson.

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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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On The Trail
10:55 am
Thu August 14, 2014

French Turns Camera's Eye Toward Ferguson Unrest

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French documents a press conference with Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

When Antonio French noticed social media activity bubbling up about Michael Brown’s shooting death last weekend, the St. Louis alderman got in his car and drove to Ferguson. 

What he said he saw was striking: Police from neighboring municipalities had formed a “human shield” around the scene. Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, was screaming and crying over not knowing what happened to her 18-year-old son. And Brown’s body was still in the street after being shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Discussion: What's Next For Ferguson After The Death Of Michael Brown?

A memorial has formed at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot Saturday.
Credit Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

Saturday's shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in overnight violence, including looting, arson and gunshots. As cleanup began Monday morning, so did discussions about the tension throughout the St. Louis area, the response in Ferguson, and the lack of information about Saturday’s shooting.

“There should be no need anywhere for a young man to lose his life,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “We need to start talking about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the young people in the community.

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