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House panel wants tuition cap on student transfers

In Education

1:38 pm on Wed, 12.04.13

Following a series of hearings around Missouri, it concluded that a cap on tution would help districts plan and ease the burden on sending districts. It also recommended more funding for early childhood education and more time in the classroom for students, with a longer school day, a longer school year or both.

McCoy wants full explanation of why he was suspended

In Education

Updated at 4:30 pm on Tue, 11.26.13

Nearly three weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave by the Ferguson-Florissant school board, Superintendent Art McCoy says he still has no definite idea why he was suspended and when he might be able to return to work. Board members have said transfers and race have nothing to do with it, and McCoy was engaged in no wrongdoing.

SLU's interim president seeks better communication

In Education

6:43 am on Tue, 11.26.13

Bill Kauffman, who spent more than 18 years as the university's general counsel, has met with a variety of campus groups since replacing the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, who retired after year-long campus strife. The search for a permanent president at SLU is expected to end with a new person in place in July.

UM tuition projected to rise 1.7 percent next year

In Education

5:16 pm on Thu, 11.21.13

A final vote will be taken by the university's curators in January, after the final consumer price index for 2013 is determined. By law, tuition for resident undergraduates cannot rise by more than the CPI without a waiver. On Friday, the curators are expected to approve a merger between the Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio.

Riverview Gardens plots path back to accreditation

In Education

10:16 pm on Wed, 11.20.13

In a hearing called by state school officials, Superintendent Scott Spurgeon said if just a few students can score better on state tests, and the district can improve attendance, it will earn the points it needs to regain accreditation and stop the transfers of students to other districts. A second hearing on the topic will be held next month.

Vote set on merger of Beacon, St. Louis Public Radio

In Region

6:23 am on Wed, 11.20.13

After more than a year of discussion, two Grand Center neighbors are about to take the plunge in the belief that one news organization plus another news organization can add up to more than two. Curators of the University of Missouri are set to vote on the deal Friday at their meeting on the UMSL campus.

DESE will look at potential irregularities in attendance at Ferguson-Florissant

In Education

Updated at 11:01 am on Tue, 11.19.13

Word of the investigation came after the district's board said it has “serious” new informaton about suspended Superintendent Art McCoy that it is referring to state education officials. A spokeswoman for the district said the issue involved is civil, not criminal, and that the board learned of it after last week's meeting where many speakers came out in support of McCoy.

On the trail: For Jeremy Scahill, journalism is all about being there

In Education

12:15 am on Mon, 11.18.13

During his keynote address at the “Ethics of Politics and the Press” conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Jeremy Scahill had one crucial piece of advice: Being there is essential to good journalism. It's especially important, he said, in wars when journalists on the ground can confirm or refute the government's version of attacks and casualties.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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