MO Statehouse
7:41 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Mo. House leaders target Nixon's travel billing

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at a press conference at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House leaders from both political parties are targeting Governor Jay Nixon's practice of having various state agencies pay for his travel expenses.

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6:33 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Ford to expand Claycomo plant near Kansas City, keep jobs there

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (R), on Jan. 18, 2010, discusses the agreement that states the Ford Motor Company will invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next two years to produce a new line of vehicles at its Claycomo, Mo. plant. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A report by Dan Verbeck, KCUR

Workers at the Ford plant in suburban Kansas City received good news today from the automaker and Missouri's governor.

The number of full-time jobs will hold steady and the plant will make a $400 million expansion with help from the state.

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Claire McCaskill
6:01 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

McCaskill on secret holds, St. Louis hosting the DNC and spending cap legislation

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a press conference in St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2011. McCaskill spoke on a variety of topics including secret holds, St. Louis' chances to host the 2012 DNC and spending caps. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill touched on several topics today during a press conference. We have a breakdown of her comments for you:

On St. Louis’ chance of securing the 2012 Democratic National Convention…

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MO Statehouse
5:42 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Budget hearings begin in the Mo. Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee hears budget requests from various groups during the first day of budget hearings scheduled this week.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate committee is receiving budget requests this week from agencies and non-profit groups as lawmakers prepare to craft the state's spending plan for next year.

Several groups appeared today before the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking that funding for the Department of Social Services be raised, or at least not cut any further.

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Unemployment in St. Louis
4:04 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Unemployment in St. Louis: An NPR Series, Part One

NPR's Tamara Keith launches a year-long occasional series on unemployment, tracking six St. Louis residents.

We’ll post links to each of the stories in the series here for you on

Here's the first of Keith's series:

3:59 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Boeing delays 787 delivery until third quarter

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its "First Flight" in 2009. (via Flickr/Dave Sizer)

Looks like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will stay, well, a dream for just a bit longer.

Boeing Co. is pushing back the delivery date for its new 787 until at least July.

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Health Insurance
1:17 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Mo. drops rate for high-risk health insurance

(UPI/Jeff Roberson/POOL)

A report by Elana Gordon, KCUR

Missouri's new high-risk insurance program is dropping premiums by as much as 25 percent. 

The state launched the pool this summer as part of the federal health law.

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Laurence Maroney
11:32 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Broncos RB Maroney arrested in St. Louis

The field of play for the Denver Broncos, the team of Laurence Maroney, seen here in 2008. (via Flickr/Julio Enriquez)

Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs and weapons allegations.

Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins, confirmed the arrest Tuesday. St. Louis police would say only that five people in an Infiniti were arrested Monday night, and are accused of possessing marijuana and weapons.

Three, including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon. Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has been formally charged.

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11:12 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Mo. teacher connected to dogfighting bust may lose teaching license

A veterinarian at the Humane Society of Missouri points to a picture of a rescued fighting dog's wounds. (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri teacher involved in the one of the largest dog-fighting rings ever broken up in the United States may lose his license to teach in the state tomorrow.

Rick Hihath, from St. Joseph, is a former teacher who worked at a state school for the severely disabled.

In a March 2010 hearing, the Commissioner of the Missouri State Board of Education recommended that Hihath lose his license, and legal action tomorrow may see that recommendation through.

Ballpark Village
9:34 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Panel to hit "restart" on Ballpark Village

The site of Ballpark Village as it looked on Jan. 14, 2011. After a two-year delay, the developer is moving forward again with an effort to seek financing and tax breaks.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Remember Ballpark Village? The multi-million dollar development at the site of the old Busch Stadium that was supposed to rival Kansas City's Power and Light District? (And is in fact a product of the same developer, Cordish Companies.) The development that in 2008 became not-so-affectionately known as Lake DeWitt? That was supposed to be partially completed by the All Star Game and instead got turned into a parking lot and softball field?

Well, kind of like a cat, the project lives again. And this time, Ald. Phyllis Young says she thinks something substantial will get built.

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