Jeanette Mott Oxford http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ceremony At Mo. Capitol Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ceremony-mo-capitol-marks-50th-anniversary-mlks-i-have-dream-speech <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August </span>28th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 1963.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. of Jefferson City.</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:25:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ceremony At Mo. Capitol Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech Democratic primary in 5th state Senate race could cost St. Louis a 'black' seat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/democratic-primary-5th-state-senate-race-could-cost-st-louis-black-seat <p>In 1961, Theodore McNeal, an official with the union representing Pullman porters, went to Jefferson City as the Senator from the 7th District.</p><p>Since then, the city of St. Louis has always had at least one black state senator. But redistricting and term limits may put that 52-year-streak in jeopardy.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4207 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Democratic primary in 5th state Senate race could cost St. Louis a 'black' seat Bill forbidding interference with crisis pregnancy centers passes Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-forbidding-interference-crisis-pregnancy-centers-passes-mo-house <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a> has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.</p><p>The bill would forbid municipalities from regulating advertising and advice given out by crisis pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups.&nbsp; Supporters say they&rsquo;re trying to protect the First Amendment free speech rights of volunteers and staff at the centers.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=013">State Rep.&nbsp;Chuck Gatschenberger&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Lake St. Louis), admits it&rsquo;s a preemptive move. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:07:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3704 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill forbidding interference with crisis pregnancy centers passes Mo. House Rally at Mo. Capitol opposes Limbaugh induction into Hall of Famous Missourians http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rally-mo-capitol-opposes-limbaugh-induction-hall-famous-missourians <p>Around a hundred demonstrators rallied outside the State Capitol today&nbsp;to protest plans to induct conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh into the<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/famous.aspx"> Hall of Famous Missourians</a>.</p><p>Limbaugh has come under fire for&nbsp;calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke&nbsp;a&nbsp;&ldquo;slut&rdquo; and a &ldquo;prostitute&quot; on&nbsp;his nationally-syndicated radio program.&nbsp;&nbsp;Fluke had&nbsp;testified in favor of President Obama&rsquo;s birth control policies before Congressional Democrats.&nbsp; Fellow Democrat and <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=059">State House Member Jeanette Mott Oxford </a>told the crowd in Jefferson City&nbsp;that it would be wrong for visitors to the State Capitol to see a bust of Limbaugh in the third floor Rotunda. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:23:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3376 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rally at Mo. Capitol opposes Limbaugh induction into Hall of Famous Missourians 5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/5th-bill-filed-mo-gen-assembly-raise-cigarette-tax <p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1976&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">Yet another bill </a>has been filed in the<a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/"> General Assembly </a>this year&nbsp;that would raise Missouri&rsquo;s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the nation.</p><p>This one would raise it to 75 percent of the current national average &ndash; in other words, from 17 cents per pack to&nbsp;$1.09-1/2 cents per pack.&nbsp; Missouri&rsquo;s tax&nbsp;per pack&nbsp;would also rise or fall as the national average changes, and it would require a referendum by Missouri voters to take effect.&nbsp; The bill was filed by<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=059">&nbsp;State Rep.&nbsp;Jeanette Mott Oxford</a>&nbsp;(D, St. Louis), who spoke in favor of raising the cigarette tax during budget debates on Thursday. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:47:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 5th bill filed in Mo. Gen. Assembly to raise cigarette tax Mo. House endorses English-only driver's exams http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-endorses-english-only-drivers-exams <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has given first-round approval to <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1186&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">legislation</a> that would require driver&rsquo;s license exams be given only&nbsp;in English.</p><p>Currently, the state of Missouri provides the written driver&rsquo;s exam in English and eleven other languages.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=016">House Member&nbsp;Mark Parkinson </a>(R,&nbsp;St. Charles) says his bill follows the spirit of the state constitution&rsquo;s mandate that public proceedings be conducted in English. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:56:10 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3105 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House endorses English-only driver's exams Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-approves-constitutional-spending-limit <p>One day after giving it first-round approval, the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has passed <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HJR43&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">a proposed constitutional amendment</a> to place spending caps on the state budget.</p><p>During final debates,<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=059"> State Representative&nbsp;Jeanette Mott Oxford&nbsp;</a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:50:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2890 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit Some Mo. lawmakers grumble about Aerotropolis proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/some-mo-lawmakers-grumble-about-aerotropolis-proposal <p>While Missouri legislative leaders have reached an agreement on an economic development package, some lawmakers are speaking out against it.</p><p>The key component is the so-called Aerotropolis measure, which would provide $360 million in tax credits to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 23:02:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1768 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Some Mo. lawmakers grumble about Aerotropolis proposal Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-aerotropolis-bill <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House </a>has passed the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB840&amp;year=2011&amp;code=R">Aerotropolis bill</a>, which is designed to turn <a href="http://www.lambert-stlouis.com/">Lambert Airport in St. Louis </a>into a global air freight hub.</p><p>The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 03:37:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 931 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill Mo. House endorses "Aerotropolis" bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-endorses-aerotropolis-bill <p>The so-called <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB840&amp;year=2011&amp;code=R">Aerotropolis bill</a> has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.&nbsp;&nbsp; If passed, it would provide up to $480 million in tax credits to encourage global air trade via St. Louis, including incentive for companies to build storage facilities near Lambert International Airport.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s sponsored by GOP House Member Caleb Jones of Moniteau County.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:47:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House endorses "Aerotropolis" bill