Public Insight Network

Inside St. Louis Public Radio
4:48 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

You Can Do More Than Just Hear the News – You Can Shape It

Join the Public Insight Network (PIN) and sign up to share your personal experience and knowledge of the topics St. Louis Public Radio is following. As a PIN member you have an opportunity to have your voice heard, and you allow us to tell stories in a way that is more authentic, more transparent, and more personal than we otherwise could.

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St. Louis Rams
10:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Money? Pride? Both? Gauging The Value Of Professional Football In St. Louis

Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz show off a drawing of a proposed stadium on St. Louis' riverfront.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When Dave Peacock stepped before a crush of reporters at Union Station last week, his main purpose was to showcase the potential of a new football stadium on St Louis’ riverfront. 

Part of his pitch was economic, which is a typical tactic to gather support for expensive sports facilities. After all, a new stadium could lead to thousands of construction jobs and continued business for surrounding bars and restaurants.

But for Peacock, there were more intangible reasons for the city to pursue the project — something beyond just dollars and cents.

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10:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

With Or Without The Rams: PIN Sources Discuss Proposal For Riverfront Stadium

Kevin Rejent
Credit Provided by Mr. Rejent

After the announcement last week of a plan to build a stadium on the Mississippi riverfront, pundits and politicians were quick to react with assorted pros and cons.

Likewise, St. Louis Public Radio followers were eager to share, through the Public Insight Network, just what the plan — introduced by a team appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — means to them.

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St. Louis County Executive
12:37 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Stenger Enters Office With Ambitious Push For Change — And Plenty of Skeptics

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 1, 2015. Stenger is coming into office with an ambitious agenda to change St. Louis County government -- and the legislative alliances to help him out.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger came to prominence by being a critic. 

From his perch as a county councilman, Stenger aimed unrelenting salvos at then-St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. That served as the backbone of a campaign that ultimately ousted Dooley in a Democratic primary — and narrowly outflanked state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, in the general election.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:48 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Looking Back: Ferguson, Politics And The Biggest Stories Of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, “St. Louis on the Air” looked back at the biggest local and regional stories of the year.

Topping the list was the August shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, and the protests, demonstrations, grand jury announcement, and conversations that have followed. Leadership has repeatedly come under fire regarding Ferguson, at the local, state and national levels.

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Public Insight Network
6:12 am
Mon December 29, 2014

The Year In Review, PIN-Style

The Public Insight Network helps St. Louis Public Radio tell stories that include the perspective of those most affected.

From the voters who showed up at the polls for the lackluster elections in November, to faithful and sometimes over-the-top fans of entertainer Weird Al Yankovic, PIN sources shared their particular insights on many stories in 2014.

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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, 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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