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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) A very particular kind of art will be taking place in St. Louis over the next year or so. 

 

A man by the name of Jer Thorp is taking up a 15-month residency in the area to perform data art, which is a combination of art and science where measurements provide the particular muse for the artist.  Thorp says examples of those measurements could be photographs, audio recordings, dance performance or the tracks people take as they walk around in their daily lives.  He also says while businesses and government tracks data to learn more about people, we should also use it to be more creative and ask questions that haven’t been asked before. 

 

Thorp was recently the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times and is probably best known for designing the algorithm used to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial a particular order known as “meaningful adjacency”. 

 

The project is made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Commission.  

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Another blow to the Normandy School District. The Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri House rejected a spending bill that would provide the district with $1.5 million to keep schools open for the rest of the school year. The money is part of a $327 million supplemental budget bill that was unanimously passed by the Senate. The House and Senate will have a joint committee to resolve the differences. Without the funds, Normandy is likely to run out of money by next month.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A proposal to impose an additional tax on millionaires is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.
 
A House committee voted 6-4 along party lines Thursday to approve Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed constitutional amendment. It would tack a 3 percent surcharge onto income over $1 million.
 
The measure now advances to the House floor.
 
Madigan says the tax would raise $1 billion a year for elementary and secondary education - about $550 per student.
 
Republicans say the tax unfairly penalizes Illinois' most successful residents.
 
The issue is expected to be a focal point in the race between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman.
 
The candidates present starkly contrasting visions of how to fix Illinois' lagging economy and improve state finances.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Police have identified the child who was shot and killed in his home Wednesday night.

 

11-year-old Anotonio Johnson was sitting at his computer when a shooter fired between eight and ten shots into the house. Police Chief Sam Dotson says Antonio died at the scene. Dotson says the gunman climbed onto the ledge of a side window, broke the glass and started shooting.

 

There were seven people in the house including a 4 year old, two teenagers,  three adults and the 11-year-old victim. One of the teens had been shot in a prior incident and police are hoping he can provide some useful information about last night's attack.

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