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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A measure President Barack Obama originally pushed during his time in the Illinois Legislature to prevent racial profiling is closer to becoming a permanent law in Illinois.
 
The House on Thursday approved the legislation requiring police officers to record the ethnicity of every driver they stop. It now heads to the Senate.
 
Then-state Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis sponsored the original measure in 2004. It mandated the reporting for a three-year period, and had to be extended each time it expired. The current measure is set to expire in 2015.
 
Members of the House Black Caucus say racial profiling is still too prevalent in Illinois.
 
But law enforcement officials who oppose the legislation say there are other ways to examine racial profiling.
Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:15
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Although it might surprise a few people, there’s some public schools in the city of St. Louis that are doing pretty well. 

 

US News and World Report have rated Metro Academic and Classical High School as the top high school in Missouri.  Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says not only is Metro doing well, but they’ve doubled the number of quality educational opportunities for parents in St. Louis over the past four or five years and believes if they keep doing that, not only will you see a turn around in the lives of children, but you’re also going to see a major turn around for the city itself. 

 

US News also ranks Metro as the 135th best high school in the country.

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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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