McCaskill on money
5:17 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

Claire McCaskill at a campaign event on Aug. 10, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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Missouri State Fair
4:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. State Fair opens, offers severe weather text message service

The Misssouri State Fair in Sedalia.
(Missouri State Fair)

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia.

Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather.  Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation.  Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.

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River death
2:08 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Autopsy: Drowning cause of Affton boy's death

The Meramec River at an unidentified location.
(via Flickr/paparutzi)

An autopsy has determined that a St. Louis County boy found dead in the Meramec River drowned.

The body of 12-year-old Christopher Marks of Affton was recovered Tuesday afternoon about six miles downstream from where a search began. He had been missing since Sunday while on an outing with relatives in a conservation area.

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12:38 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The end of a lead-laced era: smelter to close after 120 years

Lead in text: 
As KBIA's Jacob Fenston reports, for 25 years, a Herculaneum, Mo. smelter didn't meet federal air standards for lead. Now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year. Check out Fenston's story via the link below.
  • Source: Kbia
  • | Via: KBIA
Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town. The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in
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Joplin Mosque
11:44 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Members of burned Joplin mosque encouraged by support

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
(Jennifer Davidson/KSMU)

Members of a Joplin mosque that was destroyed in a fire will rebuild and have been encouraged by the support shown them by the Joplin community.

Faizan Syed, executive director of the St. Louis office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Thursday that leaders of the Islamic Society of Joplin will "definitely rebuild." He says Joplin's Islamic community members "are in to stay."

The Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque was destroyed in a fire early Monday. No injuries were reported.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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McCaskill gears up for campaign against Akin

Senator Claire McCaskill stopped at a sheet metal shop in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday morning to kick off her campaign for the general election.

The Democratic incumbent criticized her newly anointed Republican challenger Todd Akin as being out of the mainstream on Medicare, student loans, and the minimum wage.

McCaskill said she will better represent the middle class.

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Developing: Heat Wave
9:27 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Extended heat takes its toll with deaths, illnesses

rcbodden Flickr

Updated 9:15 a.m. August 9:

St. Louis County confirmed its fourth heat-related death of the summer today.

A son discovered the victim, a 76-year-old Lemay man, on July 10. The cause of death was certified on Wednesday.

The victim lived in the 700 block of Military Rd. The brick house had no central air conditioning, and a window unit was not working. The temperature inside the home was estimated to be between 90 and 95 degrees.

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Amendment Two
8:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two

Albrecht Dürer Wikimedia Commons

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.  

Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU’s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:

This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.

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Election 2012
4:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Schoeller declares victory in GOP Secretary of State race

Shane Schoeller is declaring victory in the GOP primary for secretary of state.
(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

It took about 18 hours to tally the results, but Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) appears to have won the Republican primary for Missouri Secretary of State.

It was a close race the whole night, with fellow GOP contenders Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) occasionally grabbing the lead – but in the end Schoeller came in first with 35.3 percent of the vote.  The Secretary of State's office confirmed the unofficial results shortly after 1:00 p.m. today.

“We sensed that we had the number of votes we needed, but we didn’t want to declare victory until the final results came in and we were confident that they would trend our way, and we’re just grateful that they did," Schoeller said.

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Coal Ash
3:20 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Meetings on possible coal ash landfills at Rush Island, Meramec

A Google satellite image of Ameren's Rush Island power plant.
(via Google Maps)

Updated at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2012:

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold another public awareness session Aug. 14. This one will focus on the permitting process for a proposed coal ash landfill at Ameren's Meramec power plant near Arnold, Mo.

The proposed landfill site is located at 8200 Fine Road, approximately 3.6 miles southeast of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 141. Ameren is preparing a detailed site investigation work plan. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Elementary School, 7700 Fine Road in St. Louis.

Representatives of MDNR and Ameren will be available to answer questions.

Original story posted 5:53 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012:

The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is proposing to build a coal ash landfill at its Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County, about 10 miles southeast of Festus.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is holding a public awareness session tonight to describe the permitting process for the landfill.

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