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With Ferguson City Council Seat, Activist Fran Griffin Hopes To 'Move Ferguson Forward'

Exactly one month after a Ferguson police officer killed Michael Brown about a mile from her home, Fran Griffin attended her first city council meeting.

Determined to make her voice heard, she joined more than 600 people inside a crowded church for a contentious meeting. Since that night in 2014, Griffin has attended nearly every council meeting.

On Tuesday, the activist and mother of three will be sworn in as Ferguson’s newest council member and the first black woman to represent the city’s predominantly black third ward.

“I want to show people that we can have hope that things will change,” Griffin said. “I get asked a lot — ‘Why do you have so much hope?’ And it’s because I see the potential in us when we work collectively.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ferguson-city-council-seat-activist-fran-griffin-hopes-move-ferguson-forward

Coalition to pursue "butterfly highway" designation for Missouri 13

LEXINGTON – The Missouri Highway 13 Corridor Coalition is considering a proposal to develop Missouri Highway 13 as a butterfly trail.

A delegation from Caldwell County ”planted the idea” at the coalition’s meeting on Monday, April 8, noting the corridor is a natural migration path for monarch and other butterflies, Coalition Chairman Bill Bernier said.

Bud Motsinger, Caldwell County presiding commissioner, said Interstate 35 has already been designated the Monarch Highway in states from Minnesota to Mexico, with a 50-mile radius on each side of the road included.

“We’re within that 50-mile boundary,” Motsinger said.

http://www.dailystarjournal.com/news/local/coalition-to-pursue-butterfly-highway-designation-for-missouri/article_7a3935cf-4766-553e-92c4-e49c674cec9d.html

Wash U Announces Free Tuition For Up To Half Of New Med Students



The Washington University School of Medicine will more than double the number of students receiving full tuition each year thanks to $100 million in scholarship funding.

Officials from the medical program on Tuesday announced the boost in scholarships, which will be provided throughout the next 10 years. The scholarships are aimed at recruiting more low-income students and people of color and reducing the massive amount of medical school debt students incur.

“They look at our tuition and they don’t even consider applying because of concern they would accumulate very large amounts of debt,” said Eva Aagaard, the school’s senior associate dean for education. “This might change their mind, and we might see a really different population applying and being accepted into Wash U.”

The money will make it possible for up to half of the school’s approximately 100 incoming students pursuing an M.D. degree each year to receive full-tuition scholarships to the medical school, ranked among the nation's best. Others will receive partial support. About 20 current students per class have a full scholarship, and another 40 receive some kind of scholarship. Students pursuing a combined medical and doctoral degree already get a full ride, Aagaard said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-announces-free-tuition-half-new-med-students

Wash U Announces Free Tuition For Up To Half Of New Med Students

The Washington University School of Medicine will more than double the number of students receiving full tuition each year thanks to $100 million in scholarship funding.

Officials from the medical program on Tuesday announced the boost in scholarships, which will be provided throughout the next 10 years. The scholarships are aimed at recruiting more low-income students and people of color and reducing the massive amount of medical school debt students incur.

“They look at our tuition and they don’t even consider applying because of concern they would accumulate very large amounts of debt,” said Eva Aagaard, the school’s senior associate dean for education. “This might change their mind, and we might see a really different population applying and being accepted into Wash U.”

The money will make it possible for up to half of the school’s approximately 100 incoming students pursuing an M.D. degree each year to receive full-tuition scholarships to the medical school, ranked among the nation's best. Others will receive partial support. About 20 current students per class have a full scholarship, and another 40 receive some kind of scholarship. Students pursuing a combined medical and doctoral degree already get a full ride, Aagaard said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-announces-free-tuition-half-new-med-students

Complaint alleges Stoddard County Clerk illegally certified election

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A former deputy clerk has accused Stoddard County Clerk Cecil Weeks of illegally certifying the April 2 municipal election after she told him two unregistered voters cast ballots in Dexter, Missouri’s Ward 2.

Ginger McCoy, who recently was fired from the clerk’s office where she had worked for 13 years, filed a complaint April 8 with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department.

The filing of McCoy’s complaint is referenced in a motion filed by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the allegation.

Oliver filed the motion after learning of the complaint, and cited a “conflict of interest” as his reason for making the request.

McCoy’s husband, Tim, works as the investigator for the prosecuting attorney’s office

https://www.semissourian.com/story/2601755.html

Court docs: California woman had sex with daughters' teen boyfriends

VISALIA, Calif. -- After reviewing the probation report, a Tulare County judge said he would not sentence 41-year-old Coral Lytle on Monday, saying he didn't believe the indicated sentence (five years of probation with a six-year suspended prison term) was appropriate.

Lytle, who is out of custody, can now withdraw her earlier plea.

A trial setting hearing will take place next Monday.

Lytle was arrested for having sex with two teenage boys in the fall of 2017.

https://abc7chicago.com/court-docs-woman-had-sex-with-daughters-teen-boyfriends/5252454/

Morel mushroom lovers in Missouri could luck out this spring

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fans of morels are salivating thanks to a wet and gradually warming spring in Missouri that promises a bountiful haul of the wild mushrooms.

Ron Cook, who tracks the wild mushrooms, is predicting an "epic morel season in Missouri."

"The conditions are really right for them," Cook said. "The season ahead will be one of our more fruitful ones than we've had in the last couple of years."

Cook monitors morels as they begin to surface across the state and posts a map on his Missouri Morel Hunting Facebook page for tens of thousands of followers, noting confirmed sites where hunters have found the delicacies.

He told the Springfield News-Leader the rains and warm weather are creating "ideal conditions" for morels to sprout.

https://www.semissourian.com/story/2601835.html

'Long Roads To Freedom' Civil War Panel Honors St. Louisans Who Championed Civil Rights

This Thursday, Harris-Stowe State University and the Missouri Humanities Council are commemorating some of the city’s past residents in a new Civil War panel titled “Long Roads to Freedom.” It will be unveiled on the grounds of the university near the former site of John B. Henderson’s home, the Missouri senator who co-authored the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.

The panel also honors others who advanced the cause of equal rights, such as Henderson’s wife Mary Henderson – who was very involved in the cause of women’s suffrage and women’s rights – and Hiram Reed, the first slave freed on the authority of the American military during the
Civil War.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/long-roads-freedom-civil-war-panel-honors-st-louisans-who-championed-civil-rights

Andrew Yang CNN Interview

Andrew Yang CNN Interview

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