Johanna Mayer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Conversations on coal ash: Labadie, Mo. debates Ameren landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conversations-coal-ash-labadie-mo-debates-ameren-landfill <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-982565.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-982565.mp3</a></p><p>Labadie, Mo. is a town about 35 miles from St. Louis that might be described as &ldquo;quaint&rdquo; and &ldquo;quiet.&rdquo; But for the past two years, a controversy between some town residents and Ameren Missouri, an electric company that has a power plant situated in the Missouri River bottoms near Labadie, has sparked a lively local discourse. It concerns the ash that&rsquo;s leftover from burning coal at the plant. Johanna Mayer has this report.</p><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:46:24 +0000 Johanna Mayer & VĂ©ronique LaCapra 1897 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conversations on coal ash: Labadie, Mo. debates Ameren landfill Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-august-9-2011 <p><strong>Commission struggles to reach agreement on Senate districts boundaries</strong></p><p>A panel of five Democrats and five Republicans met Monday and adjourned without reaching a deal on a new Missouri state Senate district map for the 34-member Senate. Commission leaders said the St. Louis area seems to be the biggest sticking point in adjusting the outlines of the state and Senate districts.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 14:04:31 +0000 Johanna Mayer, The Associated Press, Adam Allington & KRCU 1829 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Nation's lowered credit rating causes drop in gas prices in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nations-lowered-credit-rating-causes-drop-gas-prices-st-louis <p>For St. Louisans, there is one nugget of good news amidst the&nbsp;plunging Dow and struggling economy: gas prices are falling steeply&nbsp;in the St. Louis area.</p><p>Experts say the price of a barrel of oil dropped after Standard &amp; Poor&#39;s&nbsp;lowered the nation&#39;s credit rating by one notch last week.</p><p>The price of gas fell below $3.20 per gallon at many stations in the St. Louis area on Monday. Just a little over a week ago,&nbsp;drivers shelled out more than $3.60 for a gallon of regular unleaded&nbsp;at some stores.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:18:20 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1827 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nation's lowered credit rating causes drop in gas prices in St. Louis Search for Mo. state trooper now recovery effort http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/search-mo-state-trooper-now-recovery-effort <p><strong>Updated 7:50 a.m. Wednesday:</strong></p><p>Searchers located the body of Fred Guthrie&#39;s patrol dog Reed on Tuesday afternoon near Mo. Highway 118 in Holt County, about 100 yards from the location where Trooper Guthrie&#39;s truck and boat were found on Monday. The search for the trooper&#39;s body continues.</p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:54:58 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1780 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Search for Mo. state trooper now recovery effort Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-august-2-2011 <p><strong>Sixth heat-related death reported in St. Louis City this year</strong></p><p>Earline Walker is the sixth person in St. Louis to die of heat-related causes this year.</p><p>90-year-old Walker was found last week by her family at her residence in the 3000 block of Semple. She had window air conditioner units, but they were blowing hot air.</p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:47:05 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1781 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 State to cover Joplin's share in tornado cleanup http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-cover-joplins-share-tornado-cleanup <p>The city of Joplin is off the hook for paying for the first couple of months of debris removal following a devastating tornado in May.</p><p>The federal government is paying 90 percent of the cost in the hard-hit area designated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency&#39;s enhanced cleanup payments, instead of the usual 75 percent. The state will be picking up the 10 percent not covered by FEMA under the expedited debris removal program that runs through next Sunday. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon said two-thirds of the properties have been cleared so far.</p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:50:38 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1779 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State to cover Joplin's share in tornado cleanup Sen. Scott Rupp announces candidacy for Mo. Secretary of State http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sen-scott-rupp-announces-candidacy-mo-secretary-state <p>A second Missouri Republican state lawmaker will be running for Mo. secretary of state.</p><p>Republican Sen. Scott Rupp announced his candidacy Monday, joining&nbsp;Republican Sen. Bill Stouffer in the race.</p><p>In a news release, Rupp cites his experiences on issues such as illegal immigration and Internet predators as qualifications for the position.</p><p>He also says he&rsquo;s created the only oversight committee to root out fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds in the stimulus package.</p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:19:57 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1778 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sen. Scott Rupp announces candidacy for Mo. Secretary of State Blunt, McCaskill share views on debt-ceiling plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-share-views-debt-ceiling-plans <p>Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Republicans need to offer more compromise regarding a plan on how to handle raising the debt ceiling.</p><p>McCaskill says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid&#39;s proposal includes spending cuts larger than the rise in the debt ceiling and no increased taxes.</p><p>She says those were the requirements Speaker of the House John Boehner put forward at the start of the debate. But he has come up with his own plan that McCaskill says is similar, but with a catch.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:12:21 +0000 Johanna Mayer 1749 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt, McCaskill share views on debt-ceiling plans Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-july-26-2011 <p><strong>Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling</strong></p><p>Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner&rsquo;s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won&rsquo;t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation&rsquo;s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>New conservative ad campaign targets Mo. Sen. McCaskill, among others</strong></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:25:31 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1732 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 St. Charles Co. hopes to reduce meth production with prescription requirement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-charles-co-hopes-reduce-meth-production-prescription-requirement <p>Residents in St. Charles County will soon need a prescription to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:10:50 +0000 The Associated Press & Johanna Mayer 1731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Charles Co. hopes to reduce meth production with prescription requirement