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Trey Porter joined Tuesday's program.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

In the wake of St. Louis Public Schools’ termination last month of Trey Porter, Roosevelt High School’s football coach and athletic director, there were more questions than answers. There was also hope — on the part of Porter’s students, parents and others — that Porter might be reinstated, especially after an Oct. 21 student-led walkout in support of him.

But at the latest meeting of the school board, Porter was notified that the board is standing by the district’s decision.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Porter joined host Sarah Fenske to share his perspective on the events of recent days. Porter has said all along that the firing had to do with violating the district’s social media policies, and that his communication with players happened in the context of a strikingly violent summer for many youth in the city.

David Kvidahl joined Thursday's show to discuss the latest developments at Cardinal Ritter and Roosevelt high schools.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Last week was a busy one for David Kvidahl, who covers high school sports for STLhighschoolsports.com and STLtoday.com.

On Tuesday, he was calling Cardinal Ritter College Prep to let school officials know he planned to publish a story about a football player at the Catholic school taking the field while ineligible. The next day, he was reporting that St. Louis Public Schools had terminated Roosevelt High School athletic director and head football coach Trey Porter. Then, on Friday, Cardinal Ritter announced that its entire football staff had been “permanently released” by the school.

Kvidahl joined host Sarah Fenske on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air to go behind the headlines on the latest developments in both the Roosevelt and Cardinal Ritter stories.

The entire school-based health center will take up 2,800 square feet at Riverview Gardens High School.
Riverview Gardens School District

Another area school district is about to open an on-campus health center. Riverview Gardens High School's clinic will be available to 1,200 students this month.

It’s part of a trend to bring health care access to students with the aim of improving academic performance.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon talks with reporters in St. Louis. Nixon was on the defensive Wednesday about not having National Guardsmen in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson.
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Gov. Jay Nixon remained on the defensive Wednesday about his decision not to station the National Guard in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson.

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Students at Roosevelt High School were recognized for their participation in the Regional Bank Financial Scholars program. The students completed a web course that taught the basics of money management, and received certificates in an assembly that included remarks made by State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.

Zweifel, who hails from North County, feels that the program helps to not only lay a financial foundation for the present, but also teaches the benefits of making good choices for the future:

In-school health clinic opening at Roosevelt High

Aug 30, 2012
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Students at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis can now access medical care through an in-school health clinic.

The clinic is operated by Mercy Hospital and received funding through $500,000 grant from Boeing.

Crystal Gale is the Principal of Roosevelt High.  She says the facility will provide basic medical services for students, as well as the children of students.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 30, 2012 - School-based health clinics are relatively new to Missouri, but they have been common for years in many other states, beginning in Massachusetts in 1967.

The bay state, which has a "been-there, done-that" reputation when it comes to health reform, has built a system that offers students a range of primary-care and behavioral-health services inside schools. Students don’t have to miss school to see a doctor or make expensive after-school visits to emergency rooms for conditions such as untreated asthma.