Illinois Prisons
2:48 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Over 49,000 in Ill. prisons, 'all-time high' claim disputed

(via Flickr/neil conway)

Updated 3:25 p.m. to show denial of all-time statistic.

The number of people locked up in Illinois prisons has hit an all-time high while Gov. Pat Quinn battles with state employees over closing several correctional facilities.

State records analyzed by The Associated Press show the population hit 49,154 over the weekend. That's 19 inmates more than the Corrections Department's previous record, set on Oct. 6, 2011.

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Rowdy Smith, who brought his sons to the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, said that President Obama's "not a leader" and is hurting the energy industry. He's shown here walking in front of the Americans for Prosperity campaign bus.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:18 pm

There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.

Why mix politics and football?

"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.

Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.

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Wrongful death suit in Joplin
1:34 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Wrongful death suit filed in wake of Joplin disaster

Some of the aftermath following the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. in May 2011. The tornado killed 161 people and destroyed more than 7,000 residences.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

The wife and daughter of man killed inside a Walmart store when a massive tornado hit Joplin are suing.

The Joplin Globe reported that the wrongful death lawsuit names Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the store's manager as defendants. The case, initially filed in Jasper County Circuit Court, was transferred Friday to federal court.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:01 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Legal Roundtable

Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
(via Flickr/mike matney)

Some legal rulings leave us scratching our head but for widely different reasons.  Don Marsh hosts our monthly legal roundtable.  We wonder what a judge was thinking when she left important court decisions to her clerks, why a judge approved a sex change operation for a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, and other legal issues. 

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12:32 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

What Americans actually do all weekend, in 2 graphics

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We know. A post about the weekend on a Monday - but it's a very interesting post about the weekend, and what Americans actually do during those "days of rest." Check out the latest from the Planet Money team via the link.
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: Planet Money
Sleeping, cleaning, hanging out. How the average working American spends a day off, down to the second.
Monkey See
12:26 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

The 25 magic words of American television

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 11:13 am

Tonight, two new fall shows premiere: Mob Doctor, which is about a doctor who works for the mob, and Revolution, which is about a devastating global power outage and — more than that — a revolution.

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Politics
11:05 am
Mon September 17, 2012

As deadline to drop out nears, McCaskill steps up attacks on Akin

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

After weeks of focusing on her image as a moderate Democrat who isn't afraid of compromise, Senator Claire McCaskill stepped up the attack on her opponent in November's Election, Congressman Todd Akin.

In a speech to Democrats in Callaway County, the Senator touched on a variety of issues to incite Democratic voters. One topic that garnered the most applause (and laughter) from the audience was student loans.

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10:09 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Re-tracing the steps of a Civil War photographer

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NPR's Claire O'Neill takes a forward-thinking approach to historical photographs. See for yourself via the link.
Today's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam got us thinking: What if Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner could revisit some of the original sites he photographed? If he used his equipment today, what would the images look like? That is: How have the landscapes changed - or stayed the same?
Photo of the Week
10:07 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Balloons over Forest Park

scottracker Via Flickr

Photo taken in Forest Park in St. Louis by "scottrackers" 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.

Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, September 17, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Clemons hearing today in St. Louis courtroom

The effort to free Reginald Clemons from Missouri's death row goes to a St. Louis courtroom starting today.

Clemons was one of four men convicted in the 1991 killings of two St. Louis-area sisters, 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry. Both girls, along with their visiting male cousin, were thrown from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge. The cousin, Thomas Cummins, survived.

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