Politics
3:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New Nixon ad hits Spence over bank bailout in Mo.

(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has launched his first critical ad against challenger Dave Spence, citing the businessman's role in a financially troubled bank.

The TV ad that began airing statewide Thursday from the Democratic governor notes that his Republican challenger was on the board of directors of Reliance Bancshares when it decided in early 2011 to forgo repaying a $40 million bailout from the federal government.

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Joyce Meyer Ministries
3:23 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lawsuit againt Joyce Meyer Ministries dropped, again

Televangelist Joyce Meyer
via Flickr/vision63

A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a wrongful death lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries filed in 2011.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Akin calls for suspension of aid to Egypt

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis) talks with reporters after announcing he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat in 2012, in Creve Coeur, Mo. on May 17.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin says the U.S. should suspend aid to Egypt because of the attack on the U.S. embassy and the repeated burning of American flags by Egyptians.

Akin said in a statement Thursday that the fact that the embassy attack occurred on Sept. 11 suggests it was planned and not spontaneous. He said if Egypt were a good ally, it should have better protected the U.S. embassy.

Akin said U.S. aid to Egypt should be suspended "until the Egyptian government takes corrective action to restore its relationship with the United States."

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Politics
2:31 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

This week's Politically Speaking podcast

Jason Rosenbaum (left) and Jo Mannies (right) join Chris McDaniel (center) to discuss Missouri politics.
Dick Weiss

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a variety of issues. On today's podcast: an update on Akin's campaign initiative (and poetry reading) aimed at women.  Also, a preview of Monday's special election between Newman and Carlson. And finally, a look at the prominent national Republicans visiting Missouri.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

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Barge Shipping
2:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Emergency repair at Lock 27 has barge traffic at a standstill

Stikywikit Flickr

Updated 1:45 p.m. Lock 27 reopened this morning at 3:30 a.m. after being closed for 5 days. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it may take up to 72 hours to push through the  63 vessels and 455 barges, some from as far as New Orleans, that backed up during the closure. The Corps estimated that the closure cost nearly $3 million per day . Lock 27 underwent major rehab in the past few years and was damaged due to low water levels.

Our original story:

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 20, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Three people killed on Grand Bridge following early morning police chase

The Grand Bridge was closed for several hours early Thursday morning as the result of a vehicle crash that left three people dead and another person critically injured.

The crash happened as the car was fleeing police.

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Jane Cunningham
6:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Exit interview: Jane Cunningham on where she's been, and what's next

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield).
Jane Cunningham official website


A long-time St. Louis County lawmaker is leaving office this year because her Senate district was moved to the Kansas City area.  Republican Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield has spent eight years in the Missouri House and four in the Senate, making a name for herself as an outspoken social conservative. 


During her last visit to the Capitol as an elected official last week, she sat down with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin to talk about her record in office and where she goes from here.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge murders
4:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hearing continues in Clemons' death penalty case

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

Missouri death row inmate Reginald Clemons says detective interrogators beat him so badly he admitted to raping two sisters who were pushed to their deaths from the old Chain of Rocks Bridge.


Clemons testified today at a special hearing that he confessed because he feared for his life. He is on death row for the 1991 rape and murder of 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry.


After the hearing, the Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether to commute Clemons' death sentence and possibly require a new trial.

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Weingarten at SLPS
4:48 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

AFT president praises St. Louis schools' push toward accreditation

AFT national president Randi Weingarten in St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A collaborative effort among the administration, parents, and teachers of the St. Louis Public Schools toward regaining accreditation earned praise on Tuesday from the president of the a national teachers union.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, made St. Louis a stop on her national back-to-school tour. The St. Louis teachers are represented by an AFT local.

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MOSIRA
4:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court

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A life sciences jobs bill signed into law last year but blocked this year was heard today by the Missouri Supreme Court.


The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri.  Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), which did not pass during the 2011 special legislative sessionGovernor Jay Nixon (D) signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R) ruled it unconstitutional in February because of the language tying it to the dead bill.  Solicitor General Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill can be legally severed from the other bill.

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