gas prices http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Friday, March 30, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-march-30-2012 <p><strong>Army Corps. seeks dismissal of lawsuit filed on behalf of southeast Mo. farmers</strong></p><p>More than 140 southeast Missouri farmers are seeking damage caused by last year&#39;s intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Hp8LIG">The Southeast Missourian reports</a> that government attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Oral arguments in the suit are scheduled to begin April 10 in Washington.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:37:22 +0000 Julie Bierach, Bill Raack & The Associated Press 3392 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, March 30, 2012 Blunt talks gas prices, military spending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-talks-gas-prices-military-spending <p>Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is one of the Republicans blaming President Obama for gas prices that have reached close to $4 per gallon, saying his rejection of the Keystone pipeline hurt the economy.</p><p>Obama is defending his energy policies in Oklahoma today, pointing to plans to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas that emerged after he delayed the larger Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.</p><p>Even so, Blunt says the president continues to obstruct progress.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:00:42 +0000 Julie Bierach 3338 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt talks gas prices, military spending Blunt: “Boutique Fuels Amendment” will lower gas prices http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-%E2%80%9Cboutique-fuels-amendment%E2%80%9D-will-lower-gas-prices <p>Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says oil refineries continue to push back on his amendment to the highway bill. The so-called &ldquo;Boutique Fuels Amendment,&rdquo; introduced last month, would relax requirements on special blends of gas that are used in different states and cities.</p><p>Blunt says the amendment would lower gas prices.</p><p>During a conference call with reporters this morning, Blunt said the refineries that were not profit centers for the oil companies before the Clean Air Act now are.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:49:53 +0000 Julie Bierach 3221 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt: “Boutique Fuels Amendment” will lower gas prices 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 Senator Kirk proposes ideas to lower gas prices http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senator-kirk-proposes-ideas-lower-gas-prices <p>U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says exploring natural gas supplies in Illinois and making tax credits for renewable energy permanent could be ways to lower soaring gas prices.</p><p>Kirk told reporters Monday that federal officials need to research possibilities for harnessing natural gas from New Albany shale in the Illinois basin.</p><p>The Republican also says he&#39;d like to see permits granted more quickly for off shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and reduce so-called small gasoline monopolies.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:10:08 +0000 The Associated Press, St. Louis Beacon & Kelsey Proud 969 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Senator Kirk proposes ideas to lower gas prices Lower gas taxes lure drivers to Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lower-gas-taxes-lure-drivers-mo <p>With lower state taxes on gasoline, among others, Missouri is easily undercutting its border mate, Illinois, when it comes to the price to fill up.</p><p>One of the cardinal rules about interstate travel through the Midwest: &quot;gas up before you hit Illinois.&quot; Illinois levies a hefty 42 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, among the highest gas taxes in the country.</p><p><a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/am-lower-gas-taxes-lure-crossborder-customers-to-missouri/">Check out more of this feature on the Missouri-Illinois border wars for cheap gasoline</a> by our own <a href="http://Adam Allington ">Adam Allington</a>. It aired on <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/show/morning-report/">Marketplace Morning Report</a> earlier today.</p><p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:09:29 +0000 Adam Allington & Kelsey Proud 816 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lower gas taxes lure drivers to Mo. McCaskill wants investigation into abuse of exchange program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-wants-investigation-abuse-exchange-program <p>Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking for stricter oversight of a popular <a href="http://www.ice.gov/sevis/">U.S. college exchange program </a>after a federal investigation revealed that some non-existent universities are using the program to bring thousands of people into the country illegally.</p> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:37:03 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 666 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill wants investigation into abuse of exchange program