Women's Health - Contraceptives
5:04 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Study: Giving Women Free Birth Control Reduces Abortion Rates

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).
(Via Wikimedia Commons/Victor byckttor)

Giving women free access to contraception can dramatically reduce abortion rates.

That's the finding of a new study out today from Washington University School of Medicine.

Researchers gave more than 9,000 St. Louis-area women free birth control for three years.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:01 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Missouri Term Limits: Pros and Cons

(via Flickr/Erik Fitzpatrick)

Term limits are a controversial topic in Missouri and there are persuasive cases both for and against them.  Currently, the Missouri constitution limits state senators to two four-year terms and state representatives to four two-year terms.

Host Don Marsh’s guests are:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

In Depth: St. Louis Mayoral Race - Lewis Reed vs. Francis Slay

(L) Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, (R) Mayor Francis Slay
(via City of St. Louis websites)

Not many people who watch city politics were surprised when Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed announced that he will challenge Mayor Francis Slay in next year’s Democratic primary in April.

Reed officially threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

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David Kestenbaum is a correspondent for NPR, covering science, energy issues and, most recently, the global economy for NPR's multimedia project Planet Money. David has been a science correspondent for NPR since 1999. He came to journalism the usual way — by getting a Ph.D. in physics first.

In his years at NPR, David has covered science's discoveries and its darker side, including the Northeast blackout, the anthrax attacks and the collapse of the New Orleans levees. He has also reported on energy issues, particularly nuclear and climate change.

David has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Politically Speaking
2:12 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

Jo Mannies (left), Jason Rosenbaum (center) and Chris McDaniel (right) come together every Thursday to talk about Missouri politics.
Alex Heuer

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues.

On today’s podcast: We start off with an update on Congressman Todd Akin's recent gaffs (financial and otherwise). We also chat about some curious developments with a ballot initiative that would give the governor more power over judicial appointees. And then we finish it all off with a discussion about Mayor Slay's new challenger.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Illinois Supreme Court
1:52 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/lilhelen)

The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.

For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. Experts say that included people with severe brain damage but also people who could make their wishes known despite Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.

In a ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said an outright ban is no longer appropriate. It said case-by-case hearings should determine what is in the disabled person's best interests.

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Joplin tornado
1:17 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Joplin Gets Additional Federal Funds To Clean Up Lead

An aerial view of Joplin, Mo. on June 1, 2011, 10 days after an EF-5 tornado swept through the area. The EPA announced today that the city will receive an additional $2.4 million to clean up contaminated soil disturbed by the twister.
(via Flickr/xpda)

The city of Joplin, Mo. is getting an additional boost in an effort to clean up soil contaminated by lead and cadmium that was blown around by the fatal EF-5 tornado in May 2011.

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Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, is a critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.

Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. So We Read On, her forthcoming book on the extraordinary "second act" of The Great Gatsby, will be published by Little, Brown in September 2014.

Politics
10:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin Failed To Report State Pension

Congressman Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade's worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time.

Akin's office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. Akin's office released a letter dated Tuesday to the House Ethics Committee in which the Republican congressman described the lack of information about his pension payments as an "unintentional oversight."

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Animal Abuse
10:16 am
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Louis Man Gets Four Years In Animal Abuse Case

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Updated with information about new case.

A 31-year-old St. Louis man will spend up to four years behind bars for torturing, mutilating and killing five dogs and leaving their bodies in a vacant building on the city's north side.

Darick Dashon Stallworth pleaded guilty in August to three counts of animal abuse and and two of animal neglect. He'll serve four years for the animal abuse charges, and 15 days for the neglect charges, all concurrently.

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