The Associated Press http://news.stlpublicradio.org en McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-scolds-dr-oz-hearing-weight-loss-scams <p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tuesday chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what she called a “crisis in consumer protection”: weight-loss diet scams.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. </span>Mehmet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oz, host of television’s “Dr. Oz Show”, was the hearing’s star witness. Other witnesses included Mary Koelbel Engle, associate director of the Division of Advertising Practices for the Federal Trade Commission, and Steven Mister, president and CEP&nbsp;of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:30:07 +0000 Jo Mannies, Bill Raack & The Associated Press 36872 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/suits-challenge-missouri-over-secrecy-about-execution-procedures <p>Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:35:50 +0000 The Associated Press & Rachel Lippmann 36157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-grills-gm-head-over-safety-recalls <p>Members of a Senate panel Wednesday accused General&nbsp;Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:26:47 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 34988 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-pushes-extend-illinois-income-tax-increase <p>Illinois residents would continue paying a 5-percent income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Illinois' income tax rate is supposed to expire in January, midway through the fiscal year. But Quinn says that would cause "savage cuts" to schools and other critical state services.&nbsp;Instead, the governor wants to make the higher income tax rate permanent.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 34754 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-says-illinois-making-comeback-republicans-say-not-fast-enough <p>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.</p><p>Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.</p><p>Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:54:25 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 33347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/officials-urge-caution-during-cold-weather <p></p><p><strong>Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing</strong></p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Kelly MacNeil, The Associated Press, Julie Bierach & WSIU 32774 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather Mo. Court Upholds Student Transfer Law In Kansas City Case Similar To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-court-upholds-student-transfer-law-kansas-city-case-similar-st-louis <div><p><em>Updated 5:06 p.m. with statement from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/10/4683430/missouri-supreme-court-upholds.html">has again upheld&nbsp;</a>a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:50:46 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 32128 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Court Upholds Student Transfer Law In Kansas City Case Similar To St. Louis Deal Reached To Solve $100 Billion Illinois Pension Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deal-reached-solve-100-billion-illinois-pension-crisis <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion&nbsp;</span><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/illinois-pensions" style="line-height: 1.5;">pension crisis.</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:35:44 +0000 The Associated Press 31783 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Deal Reached To Solve $100 Billion Illinois Pension Crisis Enyart Formally Announces He'd Like To Continue His 'Mission' In Southern Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enyart-formally-announces-hed-continue-his-mission-southern-illinois <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart&nbsp;officially announced Tuesday that he's running for re-election.</p><p>The announcement is a formality as Enyart&nbsp;already shared&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enyart-seeking-re-election-houses-12th-district">&nbsp;his intentions </a>back in May.</p><p>Enyart, 64, made two stops Tuesday to share the news, one in his home-base of Belleville, Ill. and another in Carbondale, Ill. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:30:55 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 31745 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Enyart Formally Announces He'd Like To Continue His 'Mission' In Southern Illinois Missouri Businesses Will Pay Higher Unemployment Taxes In 2014 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-businesses-will-pay-higher-unemployment-taxes-2014 <p>Missouri businesses will have to shell out more money for unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down debt the state owes to the federal government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri began borrowing federal dollars in 2008 to pay for jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund. &nbsp;Brendan </span>Cossette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that led to the feds levying a surcharge on Missouri businesses to repay the borrowed money.</span></p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:11:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 31675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Businesses Will Pay Higher Unemployment Taxes In 2014