Politics & Issues

Ferguson
5:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Proposals Would Mandate Body Cameras, Diversity Training; Limit Tear Gas Use By Cops

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

Two St. Louis County lawmakers are proposing numerous reforms for law enforcement officers in Missouri in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says changes are needed to "protect Missouri citizens from being abused by overzealous law enforcement." She's planning to file a bill that would:

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On The Streets
2:09 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

St. Louis Faith Leaders Talk About Hope And Not Giving Up Quest For Justice

Tasha Davis executive pastor at the Flood Christian church, leads prayer.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Tasha Davis, executive pastor at the Flood Christian Church, started Sunday service as she usually does, with prayer. But this Sunday’s service was different.

Just feet away, the cinder block building that once housed the Flood Christian Church is destroyed, still marked with black ash from a fire set during chaos last Monday evening. That night, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch had announced the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:10 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

President Discusses Law Enforcement Issues Related To Ferguson

President Barack Obama
Credit (WhiteHouse.gov video screen capture)

President Barack Obama spent most of Monday talking to officials about law enforcement and civil rights issues that are gaining traction following events in Ferguson.

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Ferguson
12:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Church Leaders Look To Educate, Encourage And Calm St. Louis Parishioners

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:00 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This morning's news takes us around the world in protest. We'll hear in the next few minutes about acts of protest and the response in Hong Kong, online and near Ferguson, Missouri.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

CROWD: (Chanting) No justice, no football. No justice, no football.

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Missouri General Assembly
11:02 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Update: Gov. Nixon Drops Plans To Call A Special Session

Missouri National Guard members pick up their belongings as they plan their stay at a firehouse in St. Louis during a snowstorm on Nov. 26.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated 3:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon telephoned legislative leaders Monday afternoon to tell them that he now agrees that there's no need of a special session to allocate more money to pay the extra costs incurred by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the National Guard in their expanded law-enforcement roles prompted by the Aug. 9 police shooting in Ferguson.

House Speaker-elect John Diehl, R-Town and Country, was among the handful of Republican leaders and aides on the 2 p.m. call with Nixon, a Democrat.

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Race And Policy
8:11 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Preview: Ferguson Commission's First Meeting Will Emphasize Listening

Credit Screen capture from official Ferguson Commission website, stlpositivechange.org

Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission meets for the first time from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, at the Ferguson Community Center.

Although the meeting is five-hours long, Ferguson Commission co-chairs Rich McClure and the Rev. Starsky Wilson recommended that the public stay the whole time in order to get to know the commissioners and have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

McClure said the commission’s purpose is to listen to the public just as much as it is to make recommendations.

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On The Trail
8:10 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Fantasy Politics Turns Members Of Congress Into Competitors

A group of St. Louisans want to parlay the competitiveness of fantasy football in to politics. No word yet on whether members of Congress can go "Beast Mode" on their colleagues.
Credit (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Fantasy football prompts millions of Americans to obsessively wonder how many yards Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will accrue – or whether Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas can shake off a pesky ankle injury. 

Now, several St. Louis entrepreneurs want to parlay the intricate passion for statistical performance to the congressional process. They're calling their endeavor, appropriately enough, Fantasy Politics, and it made its debut earlier this month at the Startup Weekend St. Louis.

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Resignation Accepted
6:10 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Update: Ferguson Officials Respond To Darren Wilson's Resignation From Ferguson Police Department

Ferguson City Manager John Shaw, Mayor James Knowles and Police Chief Tom Jackson on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 6:06 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, with a response from Ferguson city officials.

Ferguson city officials confirmed Sunday that Darren Wilson is no longer a member of the Ferguson Police Department.

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Post Grand Jury Actions Continue
9:19 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

NAACP Begins Weeklong March to Jefferson City, Protesters Disrupt Brentwood Shopping

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks leads first day of march to Jefferson City on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

About 150 people set out from Ferguson Saturday on the first leg of a seven-day, 134 mile march to end racial profiling organized by the NAACP. Some participants, such as NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, plan on walking all the way to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Others, such as Tim and Tia Swain, are walking a day or two. The couple drove out from Indianapolis to be part of the action, but have work commitments later in the week.

Tia Swain said she and her husband are marching for equal access to justice regardless of skin color.

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HIV Awareness, Testing
11:07 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Activists Hope World AIDS Day Will Be Record Breaking In St. Louis

Credit wakeuppune.org

Before sunrise on Monday morning Dec. 1, Art Hill in Forest Park will glow with a special message for World AIDS Day.

A group called AIDS on Art Hill plans to work all night setting out and lighting 13,000 candles in bags to spell out the word “AIDS.” Aaron Laxton came up with the idea. He said the effort is designed to draw attention to a disease for which there is still no cure.

“It will be a huge spectacle,” Laxton said.

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