Foreclosure Mediation
10:10 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

St. Louis County Council Amends Foreclosure Mediation Plan

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The St. Louis County Council approved additional changes to an ordinance that requires lenders to offer mediation to homeowners on the edge of foreclosure.

The tweaks to the ordinance include removing the right for homeowners to sue lenders after they’ve gone through mediation, and they come in the shadow of an ongoing legal battle with lenders over whether the county even has the authority to enforce the ordinance.

Councilwoman Hazel Erby first introduced the mediation plan and is confident in the county’s case.  

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Photo of the Week
6:31 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Beltran

Cardinals baseball player Carlos Beltran
Mark Halski Via Flickr

Photo taken in St. Louis by Mark Halski on Flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week on our website we feature one outstanding photo from the group.

Religious freedom caucuses
4:46 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.

Departing State Representative Mike McGhee (R, Odessa) is organizing Missouri’s caucus.  He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:18 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Healthcare For All: Proposing Fixes To Medicare

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Host Don Marsh talks with Dr. David Ansell about his proposal to reform healthcare by fixing Medicare and providing it to all Americans.  Dr. Ansell is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also the author of “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital." 

Physicians for a National Health Program in St. Louis are sponsoring talks by Dr. Ansell:

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St. Louis on the Air
2:13 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Childhood Obesity In St. Louis

Children approach the finish line of the Read, Right & Run Marathon
Go! St. Louis

Childhood obesity is an epidemic which has tripled in the last three decades.  Host Don Marsh talks with experts about the disease and ways to prevent it.  Host Don Marsh talks with Amy Moore, a nutrition and dietetics instructor at Saint Louis University and Nancy Lieberman, President and Founder of GO! St. Louis.

Go! St. Louis is a local nonprofit organization which encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle year round.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's international desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia and how immigration has transformed European societies.

Since joining NPR's foreign desk in 1982, Poggioli has traveled extensively for reporting assignments. Most recently, she travelled to Norway to cover the aftermath of the brutal attacks by an ultra-rightwing extremist; to Greece, Spain, and Portugal for the latest on the euro-zone crisis; and the Balkans where the last wanted war criminals have been arrested.

Politics
1:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Feds Paid $40M To Firms Tied To McCaskill's Spouse

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the payments represent a "conflict of interest and a breach of trust" with voters. The Democratic senator's campaign says that is "flat-out wrong."

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Illinois
7:24 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Ill. Could Require More Training for Young Drivers

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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky.

Illinois' Secretary of State is considering making younger drivers get additional training if they skip over the graduated driver’s license program. 

Illinois heaps requirements on someone who wants to drive before they're 18-years-old - minors must pass a driver's education course, and have their parents sign off that they've been on the roads together.

But then the state loosens up.  Someone who's 21, for example, could pass a driver's test without a lot of time behind the wheel.

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B-17 flight
6:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Navigator Flies Again, 68 Years After Final Mission

Capt. Don Nicholson watches from a window in the nose of the "Memphis Belle," a restored B-17 bomber.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

In September 1944, just nine days before his 23rd birthday, 1st Lt. Don Nicholson boarded the B-17 bomber known as “Little Chum” for a run over Germany. It was his 26th mission navigating the plane referred to as the "flying fortress."

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Politics
6:23 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Akin Raises $1 Million Online

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican challenger Todd Akin says he has topped $1 million in online donations for his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Akin mounted an aggressive online fundraising drive in mid-August after losing the financial backing of some Republican groups because of his remarks about women's bodies having ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he described as "legitimate rape."

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