Maria Altman http://kbia.org en Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/hot-dogs-and-socks-exploring-crowdfunding-st-louis <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/07/crowdfunding_2.mp3" class="asset-audio">Listen to the story here.</a><p>With items on the menu like the Storm Trooper Dog, the Al Hra-BRAT-ski and the Crazy Cajun Creole dog, it's clear that Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill considers its fare more than hot dogs.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Don Schroeder is a regular at Steve&#039;s Hot Dogs and recently gave to the restaurant&#039;s crowd-funding effort for a second location in Tower Grove East." data-attribution="Credit (Maria Altman/St. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:10:59 +0000 Maria Altman 55636 at http://kbia.org Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-save-solar-rebates The Missouri Coalition for the Environment and several solar panel companies have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Public Service Commission in an effort to keep the state’s solar rebate program alive.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Solar panels on top of the Dickmann Building on South Grand Avenue in St. Louis." data-attribution="Credit : Maria Altman / St. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Maria Altman 55206 at http://kbia.org Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-looks-immigrants-bolster-region St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.stlmosaicproject.org/">St. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:22:59 +0000 Maria Altman 45702 at http://kbia.org St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot http://kbia.org/post/aiming-bacon-day-meat-shoot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2013/12/MeatShootweb_0.mp3" class="asset-audio">Maria Altman reports on the tradition of the "meat shoot."</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first thing you need to know about a meat shoot is that they don’t shoot animals.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“That’s not a crazy question, you know, we get that a lot,” said </span>DeeDee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lakas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, laughing a bit. “Do you shoot the meat? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:20:22 +0000 Maria Altman 45066 at http://kbia.org Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot Hunger In Missouri: The Stark Numbers http://kbia.org/post/hunger-missouri-stark-numbers While the holidays mean an abundance of food for many of us, a rising percentage of Missourians worry about whether they’ll have enough food.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on 2010 data, 837,056 </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are not sure whether they will have sufficient food for the month.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of those residents, 343,253 will likely skip meals or serve smaller portions to stretch food.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:01:23 +0000 Maria Altman 44433 at http://kbia.org Hunger In Missouri: The Stark Numbers How the income-tax issue is about more than Missouri and its governor http://kbia.org/post/how-income-tax-issue-about-more-missouri-and-its-governor Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rates for the first time in 90 years.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican-led General Assembly passed the bill in large part pointing to neighboring Kansas which already has slashed its personal and corporate income taxes.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But as St. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:07:27 +0000 Maria Altman & Maria Altman 34968 at http://kbia.org How the income-tax issue is about more than Missouri and its governor Mississippi River Communities Brace For Flooding http://kbia.org/post/mississippi-river-communities-brace-flooding Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now here's a change. Earlier this year, the worst drought conditions seen in the Midwest in decades threatened to close the Mississippi River to barge traffic. Now, communities along the river in Missouri and Illinois are bracing for flooding.<p>St. Louis Public Radio Maria Altman reports.<p>MARIA ALTMAN, BYLINE: The threat of flooding on the Mississippi River came on quickly after last week's storms dumped rain across the Midwest. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Maria Altman 32482 at http://kbia.org State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders http://kbia.org/post/state-audit-released-mo-public-defenders The Missouri state auditor released a <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/Press/2012-129.pdf">report</a> Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.<p>Among the findings: public defenders need to better track the hours they spend on each case and update the standards they use to determine what’s the appropriate caseload.<p>Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.<p>"They recognize what we said was accurate and they’ve agreed to implement the recommendation, and one of them is that you’ve got to use actuals in determining whether overwor Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:19:55 +0000 Maria Altman 22609 at http://kbia.org State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away http://kbia.org/post/judge-william-ray-price-jr-issues-facing-mo-courts-he-steps-away <p><a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=1813">Judge William Ray Price, Jr.</a> served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.</p><p>Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:30:48 +0000 Maria Altman 20556 at http://kbia.org Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away Missouri files for No Child Left Behind exemption http://kbia.org/post/missouri-files-no-child-left-behind-exemption <p>Eleven states have been issued waivers from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but Missouri was not one of them.&nbsp; But as Maria Altman reports, the State Board of Education is trying to change that.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:20:07 +0000 Maria Altman 9219 at http://kbia.org Missouri foreclosures spike in January http://kbia.org/post/missouri-foreclosures-spike-january <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The number of foreclosures in Missouri jumped nearly 14 percent in January compared to the month before. Meanwhile, foreclosures were up only 3 percent nationwide.</p><p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:04:41 +0000 Maria Altman 9154 at http://kbia.org Missouri foreclosures spike in January Missourians head to polls for primary that won't count http://kbia.org/post/missourians-head-polls-primary-wont-count <p>Missouri&rsquo;s presidential primary is today, but one of the leading GOP candidates is not on the ballot. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:41:32 +0000 Maria Altman 8347 at http://kbia.org Missourians head to polls for primary that won't count