Health Care
5:43 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Show-Me Medicaid expansion? Missouri weighs the costs

Richard Freese sits in the waiting room of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis. Freese is self-employed, servicing and selling industrial machines. But he says if he wound up hospitalized, he’d have no income – and no way to pay his bills.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

After the ruling, Missouri was one of a number of states that seemed ready to opt out of Medicaid expansion. Many in the Republican-led state legislature say expanding insurance coverage for low-income Missourians would cost too much.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra reports, without Medicaid expansion, Missouri’s working poor could be among those paying the biggest price.

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Loop Trolley Project
5:05 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Loop Trolley gets balance of $25M grant

Trolley car from the 1920s on the north lawn of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. This streetcar, along with an accompanying streetcar at Commerce Bank in the Loop, will be on display until the Loop Trolley system opens.
(Missouri History Museum)

The Loop Trolley project has received a boost of funding to help propel its construction process, according to the Missouri History Museum.

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Payday Loans
8:31 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Activists protest to lower payday loan interest rates, raise the minimum wage

Justin Stein of Jobs with Justice leads protesters outside a payday loan shop on Grand Ave. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters of a failed effort to place initiatives on the November ballot in Missouri that would cap interest rates on payday loans and raise the minimum wage rallied in St. Louis today.

From priests to teenagers, around 100 people marched around a payday loan shop on Grand Ave.

Jamala Rogers is with Jobs for Justice and helped collect signatures for the ballot initiatives.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Plummer points to levee uncertainty as cause of unemployment

Illinois congressional candidate Jason Plummer (at right).
(Chris McDaniel/Beyond November)

Illinois Congressional candidate Jason Plummer points to the uncertainty of the Metro East levee situation as a large cause of the area’s high unemployment rate. 

The Republican candidate says federal regulators are getting in the way of bipartisan work by local officials.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency alleges the area should be deemed a “hazard zone.” If that happens, the value of houses would reportedly plummet. Plummer said the number one complaint he hears is the lack of certainty.

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It's All Politics
5:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Live Blog: Wednesday At The Democratic National Convention

The second night of the Democratic National Convention focused heavily on the economy. Supporters and delegates cheered loudly for United Auto Workers President Bob King.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 10:24 am

  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 1
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 2
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hours 3 & 4

Hello from Charlotte, N.C. Today is all about Bill Clinton.

Walking around Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the former president was the talk of the town. Today marks the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

We're in the arena and we'll keep tabs on the proceedings. Make sure you refresh this page to see the latest.

Update at 11:25 p.m. ET. A Wonky Speech, With A Clinton Delivery:

The night ended with President Obama taking the stage, once President Clinton finished his speech.

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Greening Sports
5:53 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Redbirds go green: new report highlights environmental initiatives at Busch Stadium

This year a 106-panel solar array was installed at Busch Stadium, above a ticket building and concession area.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals are highlighted in a new report that features environmental initiatives by the professional sports industry.

The report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council describes efforts by sports leagues, teams, and venues to save energy and water, and reduce waste.

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Arts & Culture
5:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

'Here is St. Louis' video makes the social media rounds

A screen capture of the title frame of 'Here is St. Louis.' The video, by Anastasis Films, has been making the social media rounds today.
(via Vimeo/Anastasis Films)

A fun video from St. Louis-based Anastasis Films has been making the rounds on social media today. Is your favorite St. Louis spot highlighted? What would be in your 'Here is St. Louis' video?

Check out the video:

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Developing: Audit / Jay Nixon
4:42 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Missouri state auditor accuses Gov. Nixon of hiding expenses

Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:37 p.m. with additional reporting.

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday accusing Nixon of overspending his appropriation by $1.7 million and thumbing his nose at the budget appropriation process.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

St. Louis Police using new strategy against crime

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Police Department is using a new strategy to curb crime.

Aggravated assaults with firearms are up about 20 percent so far this year over last year.

The police department recently began working with University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Rick Rosenfeld to reduce violent crime.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says the new strategy is to flood high-crime areas with officers during evening hours.

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