Politics
5:22 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Akin and McCaskill square off in first debate

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill met on stage for their first debate on Friday morning in Columbia. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine joined the forum held by the Missouri Press Association.

The candidates for U.S. Senate wasted no time before trading jabs.

Akin criticized McCaskill for the growing national debt, as well as her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is considerably unpopular in Missouri.

"It's pretty hard to say you're in favor of Medicare when you cut 700 billion from it," Akin said.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

At debate, Spence makes serious allegations about Nixon's funding

Governor Jay Nixon (left), businessman Dave Spence (center) and Libertarian Jim Higgins (right) debate the issues at the Missouri Press Association's forum.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In Missouri’s first gubernatorial debate this election season, Republican Dave Spence went on the attack against Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. They were also joined by Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence made serious allegations that the Governor is in the pocket of labor unions and attorneys.

“Labor unions: 2.3 million. Personal injury attorneys: 2.4," Spence said, rattling off campaign donations for Nixon. "You wanna know who's dictating policy and suffocating our state? There you have it."

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Traffic troubles in downtown St. Louis
3:12 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Traffic troubles in downtown St. Louis this weekend

The Poplar Street Bridge near downtown St. Louis
(Creative Commons photo)

People trying to get into downtown St. Louis this weekend will again have some traffic issues to deal with. 


For the second straight week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down all westbound lanes of Interstate 64 from the Poplar Street Bridge to 21stStreet. In addition, the Broadway, 10thStreet and 14thStreet entrance ramps will also be shut down. MoDOT crews are still replacing the driving surface on the double-deck, elevated highway.

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Cityscape
2:45 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

St. Louis Symphony 2012-2013 Season

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson
(photo by: Dan Dreyfus)

Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson about the orchestra's recently completed European Tour and its 2012-2013 season. Then, St. Louis Public Radio’s Mike Schrand speaks with singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Lowe is currently on a solo acoustic tour and performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 26th.  Later in the show, Steve Potter talks with Rod Milam, creator and producer of the University City Musician Documentary Project.

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Reginald Clemons
1:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Clemons's supporters question integrity of prosecution

The Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis (photo by Creative Commons user ChrisYunker)

A judge is considering evidence in the death penalty case of Reginald Clemons after four days of testimony this week.

During a press conference Friday morning, Clemons’s parents stood alongside representatives from the ACLU, and the NAACP, to condemn what they call a broken justice system that’s responsible for sending their son to death row.

Clemons was convicted for the 1991 rape and murder of 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry.

Bishop Reynolds Thomas is Clemons father. He says the justice system is corrupt.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, September 21, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Judge tosses lawsuit against Joyce Meyers Ministries

A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.

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Democratic deja vu
6:25 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Voters in 87th District face Democratic deja vu

A posted notice lists the names of the two candidates in the special election in the 87th District in St. Louis County - an election held because of ballot irregularities.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly.

In the first election after redistricting, it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.

So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount.

By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.

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drought conditions
5:47 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Drought improves in Mo., but still expected to continue

U.S. Drought Monitor map, as of Sept. 18th, 2012.
National Drought Mitigation Center, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Drought conditions have eased across most of Missouri, but some parts of the state are still very dry.


Much of the relief can be credited to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, which moved through the Show-Me State three weeks ago.  Brian Fuchs is a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He says, though, that portions of Missouri missed out.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Jim Belford)

There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America.  The good news is that the poverty rate has more or less stabilized for the first time in three years, while the bad news is that the number of people living in poverty in the St. Louis area is well above the national average.  Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region. 

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Parental notification law
4:44 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New court fight underway over Ill. parental notice law

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

Brian Mackey contributed reporting for this story.

A decades-long battle over an Illinois law that requires girls to notify their parents before having an abortion was in front of the state's Supreme Court on Thursday.

The parental notification law has been on the books since the 1990s, but a series of federal and state court challenges have kept it from being enforced. It was supposed to take effect in 2006, which set off a fresh round of lawsuits.

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