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Susan Smith-Harmon

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Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

Monday, 20 January 2014 02:39 Published in Local News
   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday's federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy has some calling for a renewed commitment to the hundreds of city streets that bear his name.
   In St. Louis, the nonprofit Beloved Streets of America is working to revitalize a downtrodden six mile stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive marked by vacant lots, crumbling buildings and a preponderance of liquor stores, pawn shops and check-cashing businesses. Project leaders hope to expand the efforts to cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Seattle.
   The group takes its name from King's advocacy of a "beloved community" he hoped would emerge from the nonviolent protests for racial equality of the 1950s and `60s.
 
 

Ill. governor presses bid to raise minimum wage

Monday, 20 January 2014 02:34 Published in Local News
   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.
   The Democratic governor said while visiting a Chicago church Sunday that raising the state's minimum wage from $8.25 would be a key component in what he called the "war on poverty."
   Quinn says "Dr. King's legacy was one of service, compassion and inclusion," and that "we can continue his mission to eliminate poverty by raising the minimum wage."
   Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Both the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce have come out against proposed minimum wage increases.
   Illinois last raised its minimum wage in 2010 under a series of incremental increases.
 

   KSDK-TV led its 10 p.m. newscast Sunday night with an apology for the station's role in a lockdown at Kirkwood High School last week.  

   News Anchor Mike Bush said the station hadn't intended to scare students, teachers or parents when it sent a reporter to the school for an investigative piece on school security.  When school personnel lost track of the reporter, they called his cell phone and learned he worked for KSDK, but they were unable to verify that he had been on assignment at the school.  That's when they locked down the building as a precaution.

   Bush went on to say that it doesn't matter what the station's intentions were, their actions "caused undue stress and fear."  

   Bush says KSDK General Manager (Lynn Beall) met with the Kirkwood Superintendent to apologize in person.  

   Bush says the Channel 5 news team spent the weekend evaluating what happened and what they could be doing differently.  He says they've "already begun implementing changes to make sure nothing like this happens again."

 

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