Jeff Roorda http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Feds Charge 28 In Connection With Synthetic Drug Ring http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/feds-charge-28-connection-synthetic-drug-ring <p>Federal prosecutors say they have dismantled a criminal ring that allegedly distributed at least $18 million worth of synthetic drugs across the country over the last three years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:22:42 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37324 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Feds Charge 28 In Connection With Synthetic Drug Ring For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/election-junkies-2014-great-big-bust <p>For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.</p><p>Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:12:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust Lamping's Low Bank Account May Signal His Retirement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lampings-low-bank-account-may-signal-his-retirement <p><em><strong>Updated 3:23 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17</strong></em></p><p>State Sen. John Lamping, R-Frontenac, has yet to say if he’s running for re-election this fall, in what could be the region’s top legislative contest.</p><p>But his campaign money could be speaking for him. He has very little.</p><p>Meanwhile, his Democratic challenger — state Rep. Jill Schupp of Creve&nbsp;— has raised a lot.</p><p>The latest campaign-finance reports for the two, filed this week, show that Schupp raised more than $108,000 during the past three months. She now has $261,202 in the bank.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:03:28 +0000 Jo Mannies 33086 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lamping's Low Bank Account May Signal His Retirement McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mckennas-departure-leaves-nixon-special-election-conundrum <p>It make take longer than expected to fill Ryan McKenna's void in the Missouri Senate.</p><p>When the Jefferson County Democrat <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-names-state-senator-head-missouri-department-labor">resigned in December to become director of the state labor department</a>, he left open the possibility that his Senate seat may remain vacant throughout 2014. If that occurs, the Missouri Senate would not be at full membership for an entire calendar year.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:31:43 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum St. Louis-Area Lawmaker Plans To Try Again To Ban Mo. Retailers From Opening On Thanksgiving Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-area-lawmaker-plans-try-again-ban-mo-retailers-opening-thanksgiving-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year. &nbsp;But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.</span></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31798 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis-Area Lawmaker Plans To Try Again To Ban Mo. Retailers From Opening On Thanksgiving Day Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-25-billion-state-budget-gov-nixon <p>Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D).</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 07:43:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26261 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon Mo. House Rejects Senate Version Of State Budget, Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-rejects-senate-version-state-budget-defeats-another-medicaid-expansion-attempt <P>The <A href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House </A>has formally rejected the<A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Senate </A>version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.</P> <P>Among the bones of contention is the rejection by the Senate of $20 million in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security, which happened as part of the backlash over the document scanning controversy.&nbsp; <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=110">House Speaker Tim Jones </A>(R, Eureka) says, though, t Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:45:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25925 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Rejects Senate Version Of State Budget, Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teaching-evolution-k-12-schools-would-be-regulated-under-mo-house-bill <p>State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>.</p><p>If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.&nbsp; The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=099">State Representative&nbsp;Andrew Koenig</a> (R, Winchester), says&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB179&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 179</a>&nbsp;stresses academic freedom.</p><p>“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.&nbsp; "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.” Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:36:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill Special Elections Bill Passes Another Mo. House Committee, Floor Debate Next http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/special-elections-bill-passes-another-mo-house-committee-floor-debate-next <P>Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.</P> <P>The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the <A href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">House</A> next week.&nbsp; If passed,&nbsp;<A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB110">House Bill 110&nbsp;</A>would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.&nbsp;&nbsp;<A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=113&amp;year=2013">State Representative&nbsp;Jeff Roorda </A>(D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:39:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8430 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Special Elections Bill Passes Another Mo. House Committee, Floor Debate Next No Retail Shopping On Thanksgiving, Other Bills, Prefiled In Mo. For 2013 Session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-retail-shopping-thanksgiving-other-bills-prefiled-mo-2013-session <P>Today is&nbsp;the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can prefile bills for next year’s regular session.</P> <P>One bill in particular comes in the wake of the annual holiday shopping surge that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:&nbsp; <A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB37&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">HB 37 </A>would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.&nbsp; The proposal is sponsored by<A href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=113&amp;year=2013">&nbsp;State Representative-Elect&nbsp;Jeff Roorda </A>(D, Barnhart).&nbsp; He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:32:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7015 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Retail Shopping On Thanksgiving, Other Bills, Prefiled In Mo. For 2013 Session