Politics & Issues
6:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Dooley Has More Cash For Final Pitch; Stenger Adds $100,000 Of Own Money

Steve Stenger, left, and Charlie Dooley
Credit Parth Shah/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated noon, Tuesday, July 29)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is heading into the final week of his nasty primary with $140,000 more in his bank account than Democratic rival Steve Stenger.

That’s because Stenger has spent a lot more on TV ads in July than Dooley. Dooley’s edge means that he could fire back with a heavier counter-barrage of ads during the final days before the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.

Dooley reported $263,930 on hand as of Monday, compared to $123,564 for Stenger.

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Express Scripts
5:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Express Scripts Expansion Marks The Latest Sign Of Growth For St. Louis Company

Express Scripts CEO George Paz speaks at his company's celebration of its $56 million expansion.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio


Express Scripts celebrated the latest expansion to its north St. Louis County campus on Monday, another sign of growth for one of the nation’s biggest corporations.

The $56 million expansion includes an addition to its research lab and a new administrative office building. The project – which received millions of dollars worth of state and local tax breaks -- is expected to bring 1,500 jobs to the region within the next few years.

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Marfa Dialogues
5:02 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Can Balloons Save Butterflies? Pulitzer Exhibit Artist Wants To Find Out

Mockup of the milkweed balloons
Credit Provided by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Activism can take unexpected forms. This past weekend, naked and nearly naked bicyclists took off from St. Louis’ Grove area to circle the city to encourage renewable energy use, positive body image and bike safety.

On Wednesday evening, a Chicago artist will hand out balloons in Grand Center in an effort to preserve the Monarch butterfly population. Milkweed seeds inside the balloons are the key.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Is The Middle Class Eroding? You Weigh In

This is a follow-up to Monday's "St. Louis on the Air" show about the middle class. Hear the audio from that show and read Kyle Jacoby's story to find out what the experts said about the middle class, the economy and the American Dream.

You've heard it before: The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. But what about those in the middle?

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St. Louis Recorder Of Deeds
4:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Florida Certified To Seek Recorder Of Deeds Post In November

Jennifer Florida
Credit City of St. Louis

Interim St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Jennifer Florida has been officially certified to run as an independent on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Florida had submitted about 2,500 signatures from St. Louis registered voters. By Monday afternoon, workers with the St. Louis Election Board had certified more than the 1,562 that Florida needed to qualify for the ballot, said city Republican Elections Director Gary Stoff.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

As The Middle Class Dwindles, Is The American Dream Still Realistic?

Credit Flickr/Rob Lee

The rich are getting richer. The top 5 percent of earners in the U.S. accounted for nearly 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, according to the Institute for New Economic Thinking. That is up from 28 percent in 1995. 

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Chris King is editorial director of the St. Louis American.

Primary Election 2014
11:59 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Big Money Flows To Stream, Dooley, Democratic Party From Unexpected Sources

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(Updated 11:30 a.m., Mon., July 28)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has underscored her influence within the Missouri Democratic Party by writing a check for $240,000 – making her the new top donor for the party.

And wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has donated another hefty sum to one of his favorite officeholders, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

But Sinquefield gave even more Monday to a Republican rival for Dooley's job, state Rep. Rick Stream.

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On The Trail
10:06 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows

What does it take to win a seat in the Missouri General Assembly? In some cases, five or six-figures of somebody's own money.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 8 p.m. on Monday with news about Schneider repaying her loan.)

Vicki Schneider got on the phone earlier this year with Bob Onder after he loaned himself $200,000 for his state Senate bid. 

She said she asked a fairly simple question of one of her opponents for the St. Charles County-based 2nd District seat: "Do you want me to help you spend that?"

“And he just laughed,” she said.

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