Public Insight Network

Law Enforcement
2:59 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

St. Louis Area Police Give Away $100 Bills

Logos of the St. Louis County and St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
Credit St. Louis County website / file photo

Thousands of people in St. Louis and St. Louis County are a hundred dollars richer after police in both jurisdictions handed out $100 bills Tuesday as part of a one-day Secret Santa blitz.

Joseph Higgs from south St. Louis was one of the people who received the cash.

Higgs said that he has had more negative than positive experiences with police in the past so this experience has helped improve his opinion of law enforcement.

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Beyond Ferguson
9:33 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Reactions To Grand Jury's Decision Reflect Diversity Of Perspectives

Circus Harmony performers join with members of the Galilee Circus in July in Haifa, Israel.
Credit Photo provided by Jessica Hentoff

Jessica Hentoff has gone all the way to Israel to bring people of markedly different perspectives together. This summer, Hentoff, artistic and executive director of Circus Harmony, took members of her tumbling group, the St. Louis Arches, to the Middle East. There, the Arches joined with Arab and Israeli youth from the Galilee Circus, where they work and learned together, setting aside religious, political and cultural differences.

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Affordable Care Act
5:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Missouri Gets First Peek At 2015 Health Plans On Federal Exchange

Credit Adrian Clark / Flickr

Even though open enrollment doesn't start for several days, Healthcare.gov began on Monday to allow visitors to take a peek at the individual health insurance plans and rates that will be available for 2015. 

In the St. Louis area, two additional insurance companies  — Cigna and UnitedHealthcare — began offering plans on the federal exchange. For zip codes in St. Louis, the marketplace lists 41 plans with varying monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

Ryan Barker of Cover Missouri said the additional competition likely led to a slight decrease in plan prices.

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Election 2014
9:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Take Responsibility Seriously, Even When They Don't Like The Choices

Sarah Richardson

Ask a bunch of voters why they bother, especially when there are no “big races,” and Election Day is rainy and cold, and you’ll get answers like “I just always vote” or “I believe it’s important for my voice to be heard.”

Voters such as these don’t care that records show that in off-year or non-presidential elections, voter turnout is generally low, with fewer than half of registered voters bothering to show up.

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St. Louis Cardinals
11:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Ins and Outs Of Ballpark Village's Rookie Season

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The World Series is over and the Cardinals will have to wait until next year to contend for another title.

But the Redbirds’ lack of championship success didn’t stop Joe Smart from venturing down to Ballpark Village this week to watch the Royals battle it out with the San Francisco Giants. Smart is hardly a newbie to Ballpark Village; he’s visited the entertainment complex 15 times.

So what keeps Smart coming back for more?

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Teaching Race
9:26 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Parents, Teachers Share How They Talk About Race At Home, In Classroom

Danielle and Adam Dowd with their daughter, Alice
Credit Provided by Danielle Dowd

Like talking about the “facts of life,” or “the birds and the bees,” many parents and teachers know that discussing race and racism is necessary in helping young people learn about life.

St. Louis Public Radio reporter Tim Lloyd presented “A Teachable Moment,” a three-part series that examined how area teachers are leading discussions in their classrooms about issues raised after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer in August.

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Candidate Debate
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio To Host St. Louis County Executive Debate

Steve Stenger, Democrat, left, and Rick Stream, Republican, are running for St. Louis County executive.
Credit Photos courtesy of the candidates

St. Louis County executive candidates Steve Stenger and Rick Stream will face off in a public debate Oct. 14 hosted by St. Louis Public Radio in partnership with the University of Missouri–St. Louis. It is the first planned debate ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

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Food and Restaurants
11:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Taste of St. Louis Prepares for 10th Year, As Some Lament Move From Downtown

Credit Provided by Taste of St. Louis

Taste of St. Louis begins today and closes Sunday. This year, the festival announced a change in location from downtown St. Louis to Chesterfield. The event’s relocation has been a hot-button issue for some St. Louis residents. Former school teacher  and lifelong Ferguson resident Jerry Benner, 70, believes the change redefined the event.

“It’s not taste St. Louis. It’s taste of Chesterfield,” Benner said.

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Weird Al
2:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Think You’re Nerdy? Meet Weird Al Yankovic's STL Superfan

Katie Borders with Weird Al Yankovic
Credit Provided by Katie Borders

Until recently, you may have considered Weird Al Yankovic to be that fading parody singer who turned “Beat It” into “Eat It” before sliding into relative obscurity in the 1990s.

But Weird Al’s not only sustained a 35-year career, he was just showcased at the Emmy Awards. And there’s a grassroots movement to get him on stage at the Superbowl.

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Ferguson
8:36 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Nixon Says National Guard Needed, But Are Troops Wanted?

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his decision to deploy Missouri National Guard troops to Ferguson.

Nixon issued a statement earlier this morning, announcing his decision to send in the Guard after what may have been the worst night of rioting since the protests began a week ago. Nixon explained his decision by citing "violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk."

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