Tim Johnson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Friday, April 27, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-27-2012 <p><strong>Rams trade down, draft Brockers</strong></p><p>The St. Louis Rams drafted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in last night&#39;s first round of the NFL Draft.</p><p>The Rams traded back from the sixth pick to the number 14 pick with the Dallas Cowboys after the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick to draft wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Rams also got a second round pick from the Cowboys in the trade.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:03:58 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3587 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 27, 2012 Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-republicans-defend-stance-payroll-tax-cut <p>Illinois&#39; Republican congressmen are largely defending their party&#39;s decision not to support an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.</p><p>They say the U.S. Senate bill they rejected called for only a two-month extension, and they think a longer-term solution would be better.</p><p>U.S. Rep. John Shimkus <a href="http://bit.ly/trY7Eb">tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register</a> that a one-year extension would get the issue &quot;out of political debate.&quot;</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:52:07 +0000 The Associated Press 2735 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut