5:20 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Poll respondents not impressed by Gateway Arch

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This poll from 60 minutes/Vanity Fair was published Aug. 31 but is making the St. Louis social media rounds today. It ranks St. Louis' ubiquitous Gateway Arch as the least impressive among the poll's choices. What do you think? Check out the other choices via the link. UPDATE: Shortly after this posting, the numbers switched, as it was an open poll, after all. Perhaps a legion of people who are impressed with the Arch took to the poll?
  • Source: Cbsnews
  • | Via: 60 Minutes
Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for September. For many, the Labor Day weekend marks the end of "summer hours," one last chance to hit the beach, hold a barbecue or engage in their favorite summer activity. After that, every kid will be back in school and the adults will be back working harder than ever.
I-70 roadwork prepares for Blanchette project
5:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

I-70 roadwork a preview for Blanchette shutdown


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Motorists on Interstate 70 will get a little taste - starting this weekend - of what life will be like when the westbound lanes of the busy Blanchette Bridge are closed in November.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

McCaskill attacks Akin for comments on student loans

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill (right) and Congressman Todd Akin (left).
(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has been on the attack against her Republican opponent, criticizing Congressman Akin for controversial comments he’s made. But the comments she's attacking are not related to abortion.

So far, McCaskill has avoided attacking Congressman Akin for his comments on “legitimate rape,” which would force her to discuss her stance on the touchy issue of abortion.  Instead, she’s attacking him for his comments on student loans.

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Court plan ballot language
3:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

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A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) for a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.


The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:

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3:27 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Where the bailouts stand, in 1 graphic

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Planet Money breaks down the "how much they got" and "how much they've paid back" of the bailouts of the financial system and auto industry. Check it out via the link.
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: Planet Money
It's been four years since the U.S. launched a massive bailout of the financial system and the auto industry. While much of the bailout money has been paid back, the government still owns large shares in companies such as AIG and GM, and has yet to recoup some $200 billion in bailouts.
Jailbreak
2:19 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Jailbreak in Pike County, manhunt underway

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Updated 2:19 pm Monday (Sept. 10)

The Pike County Sheriff's Department says a fourth escaped inmate, Joseph Verive, is back in the Pike County jail.  He was taken into custody on Pike 411 less than 1 mile from hwy 161 without incident.

The fifth escaped inmate, William Wilkerson, remains on the loose. 

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1:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

For museum, long-lost Picasso is too costly to keep

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As WFIU reports: "The museum enlisted Guernsey's to help it find a home for the work through a private sale. Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger says, 'To suggest that this might be in the $30 [million] to $40 million range, I think, is probably a fair assessment.' That's precisely why the museum can't keep it." Learn more via the link.
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: WFIU
In the southwestern Indiana town of Evansville, people are a bit baffled after hearing that the town's Museum of Arts, History and Science has had a rare Pablo Picasso piece in storage for almost half a century. Curator Mary Bower says the work went unnoticed because of a clerical error.
MO Statehouse
12:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Nixon extends state of emergency for drought

Drought- affected corn in Boone County this summer.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Will be updated.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended the state of emergency related to the drought that has gripped the state for most of the summer. 

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9:18 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Mapped: Health insurance, by county

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What percentage of people are uninsured in your county? This map out today from NPR data whiz Matt Stiles, via his personal blog, 'The Daily Viz,' can answer that question for you.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released estimates for insurance rates by county. This interactive map shows those rates, with darker shades representing higher uninsured rates: View the larger, interactive version here.
Morning Round-Up
9:07 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, September 10, 2012

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Mo. traffic fatalities continue climbing

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths are taking a troubling turn upward this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says through Sept. 4, 554 people had died on Missouri roads, compared to 498 over the same period in 2011. Fatalities in 2011 reached their lowest total since the 1940s.

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