Genetics - Cancer
12:00 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

New study suggests the key to treating cancer may lie in its genetics

Histological tissue section from a sample of lung squamous carcinoma.
(National Institutes of Health)

New genetic research on lung cancer may help open the door to more targeted cancer treatments.

A national consortium of scientists has mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in squamous cell carcinoma, a common type of lung cancer.

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Mo. Senate Race
5:43 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Akin pledges to keep ads on TV in Mo. Senate race

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)

Republican Rep. Todd Akin says Missouri TV viewers should expect to see his U.S. Senate ads all the way until Election Day.

One of the biggest questions surrounding Akin's campaign has been whether he will be able to raise enough money to spread his message. Some big-dollar donors dropped their support because of his remarks last month about rape and abortion.

MO Statehouse
5:30 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Mo. lawmakers face big decisions in veto overrides

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol and must decide whether to override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.

The Democratic governor vetoed about a dozen bills, but attention for a possible override has focused on measures dealing with health insurance and vehicle taxes. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday, and a successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

5:24 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Fraud conviction reinstated for ex-Ill. official

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A federal appeals court has reinstated the wire fraud conviction of a former supervisor for the Illinois secretary of state's office.

Cecil Turner was convicted on four counts of wire fraud in 2006 for covering up a scheme in which three janitors were paid for hours they didn't work.

Turner did not take any illegal money. He was convicted on the legal theory that he denied taxpayers the honest services they deserved.

The U.S. Supreme Court later narrowed the scope of "honest services" violations, and Turner's conviction was reversed.

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Affordable Care Act
3:21 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Experts field community questions on the Affordable Care Act

Jennifer Boriss Flickr

A panel of healthcare experts gathered at Washington Tabernacle today to field questions from members of the community on how the Affordable Care Act would impact their lives.

Topics ranged from small businesses to Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and a large part of the discussion focused on a ballot initiative regarding health insurance exchanges in Missouri.

(Go here for in-depth coverage on Medicaid expansion and the working poor.)

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Arts & Culture
6:27 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Photo of the Week

Velo City Via Flickr

Photo taken at the 2012 Gateway Cup in St. Louis by "Velo City" on

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.

5:41 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

McCaskill attempts to paint herself in the political center, Akin disagrees

Senator McCaskill (D-Missouri) speaks to reporters before a speech.
Chris McDaniel Beyond November

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill  doubled her efforts to portray herself as a political centrist.  She released a new ad Friday titled "Fifty," referring to the National Journal's ranking of senators from most liberal to conservative. McCaskill was ranked in the middle at 50.  

But she also doesn't deny she has stood by the President -- a president who will have a tough time winning the state of Missouri.

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Minority Health
5:38 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New SLU initiative aims to combat cancer in African Americans

A woman performs a breast self-examination (BSE) to check for tumors.
(National Cancer Institute/Bill Branson)

Saint Louis University is launching a new initiative to try to fight cancer in minorities.

The SLU Center for Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach will work with community organizations to improve cancer outcomes for African Americans living in North St. Louis City and County.

The initiative will initially focus on breast and prostate cancer.

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5:14 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Akin dismisses claims he hasn't paid for TV ads

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican US Senate candidate Todd Akin dismissed claims that his campaign hasn’t paid for TV ads that were set to be run.  KOMU-TV in Columbia reported Thursday that the station only received half the payment for a full week of Akin’s ads. 

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Cupples 9 tax credits
4:58 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Koster sues to recover tax credits awarded to Cupples 9 project

The Cupples 9 building as it looked in 1989. Chris Koster has sued a more recent owner to recover tax credits that were allegedly fraudulently obtained.
(photo courtesy of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis)

Attorney General Chris Koster has sued a well-known St. Louis developer and his former business partner in an effort to recover tax credits that Koster says were fraudulently obtained.

In the suit filed today in Cole County, Koster alleges that in 2010 and 2011, the state Department of Economic Development awarded developers Kevin McGowan and Nathaniel Walsh nearly $2.4 million in brownfield credits to clean up lead paint at the Cupples 9 building in downtown St. Louis.

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