According to the 2010 U.S. Census, nearly 150,000 St. Louisans under the age of 17 live in neighborhoods with risk factors that contribute to youth violence. Today community leaders gathered in Forest Park to outline a plan to combat the problem.
It's called the St. Louis Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force and it's designed to help young people stay out of trouble. Among the goals are prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry into the community. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says education is another key aspect to the program.
"Keeping young people in school, that is paramount, that has to take precedent," Dooley said. "If they stay in school and get educated, they have the opportunity to be productive citizens and get meaningful jobs, and that's the key."
The youth violence task force runs until the summer of 2016. It's being funded by a public/private partnership.
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) - The world headquarters of agriculture company Monsanto was the site of a weekend demonstration organized by opponents of genetically modified food.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1cg8Kro) reports that 500 demonstrators marched to the company's Creve Coeur global headquarters, where they chanted anti-Monsanto slogans and waded into street traffic Saturday.
Organizers of the "March Against Monsanto" want the company to label food containing genetically modified ingredients.
Monsanto released a statement before the protest in which it highlighted its "contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources such as water and energy."
Amid recent controversies, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley could be facing off against a new challenger in 2014. The St. Louis Beacon reports that County Council member Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton, may announce his intentions to run against Dooley as early as tomorrow. Stenger is expected to be backed by area labor leaders and possibly St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, who said he would not endorse Dooley for reelection. Dooley's administration has come under fire as of late for an embezzlement scheme committed by a top health department administrator and for the FBI's investigation into questions surrounding the bidding process for contracts in the building of the county's crime lab.