Morning round-up
9:28 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Akin continues to dismiss Republican pleas to withdraw from Senate race

In an interview on NBC’s Today show, embattled Representative Todd Akin confirmed that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called him to personally plea that he step aside in the wake of the searing controversy surrounding his comments about abortion. Akin says he told Ryan that he was thinking things over and wants to “do the right thing.”

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Foreclosure Mediation
10:17 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

St. Louis County Council puts foreclosure mediation on hold, for now

Foreclosures in St. Louis hit a record high in 2010. (flickr/taberandrew)

For the second week in a row, residents lined up to tell councilmembers that mandatory mediation would help save homeowners facing foreclosure.

But Councilwoman Hazel Erby, who sponsored the bill, moved to table its final passage at least until next week.

“We’re looking over some things,” Erby said.  “We just received some letters, so, we’re taking those into consideration.”

When asked, Erby didn’t specify what additional information needed to be considered.

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Ozark Rivers - Management
6:11 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Environmental organizations to National Park Service: protect Ozark rivers

Horseback riding is a popular activity in the Ozarks, but horses' waste has been linked to high E. coli levels in the Jacks Fork, the main tributary of the Current River.
(Mark Morgan/University of Missouri)

A statewide coalition of environmental organizations is urging the National Park Service to protect Ozark rivers.

Representatives of the groups were in Washington, D.C., today meeting with the Park Service.

They submitted more than 4,400 signed petitions asking the federal agency to adopt a strong management plan for the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork.

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Ballpark Village
5:36 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

St. Louis officials seeking $17M from state to get Ballpark Village back on track

The Mo. Development Finance Board meets in Jefferson City on 8/21/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters of the long-delayed Ballpark Village project in downtown St. Louis made a renewed pitch today for state backing to the Missouri Development Finance Board.


The $100 million project would be built on the north side of Busch Stadium and would contain space for retail stores, restaurants, an open-air event space with a retractable roof, and a St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  Team President Bill DeWitt III says the project got sidetracked by the economic crisis that hit the country four years ago.

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Home brew petitioners to POTUS: Release the beer recipe

President Barack Obama enjoys a beer at The Pump House in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this month, but would you like to know what's in his homebrew? There's a petition for that.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:02 am

There's a little-known part of the White House website that allows average citizens to create online petitions. And in amongst the weighty requests to end police brutality and allow prescription drugs to be imported, a little item caught our eye: "Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House."

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Election 2012
2:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Deadline passes, Akin stays in race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).

Will be updated.

Updated 10:46 p.m. Palin suggests a third party candidate

Sarah Palin, who backed Sarah Steelman during the heated GOP Senate primary, is suggesting a third party candidate to run against Akin.

Speaking to Fox News Palin said: "Bless his heart, I don't want to pile on Todd Akin." 

But, she then said that it's time for Akin to step aside.

"Missouri is a must-win state," Palin said.  "The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it's as a third-party candidate, to be able to run and take this back."

Updated 5:00 p.m. with deadline passing, Akin remaining in the race

Updated 4:36 p.m. with additional reporting. A full list of earlier updates can be found at the end of the post. Original story posted Aug. 21 12.33 p.m.

Despite tremendous pressure on him to act otherwise, Todd Akin will stay in the race against Claire McCaskill for US Senate. 

The deadline for Akin to remove himself from the race was 5 p.m. CT today. He will need a court order by Sept. 25 if he wants to drop out beyond this point.

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EPA-Air Pollution
1:42 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court vacates EPA rule limiting cross-state power plant pollution

EPA map showing how air pollution moves between states.
(EPA.gov website)

Updated 4 p.m.

A federal appeals court has vacated an EPA rule that would have limited the amount of power plant pollution that drifts across state lines. The impact of the ruling by the three-judge panel will be felt in Missouri.

The EPA passed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule last summer.

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November ballot initiatives
12:02 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court upholds language on local control measure

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that language used to summarize a ballot proposal giving St. Louis city  control of its police department is fair.

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Megan Boken
10:58 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Services set for former SLU volleyball standout Megan Boken

Megan Boken.
(via St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department flyer)

Services are planned in suburban Chicago for a former volleyball standout killed in St. Louis during what police say was a robbery attempt.

Investigators say 23-year-old Megan Boken was shot in the neck and chest in her car Saturday while she was in St. Louis for an alumni volleyball game at the university she'd attended there.

As of Tuesday, police had made no arrests, and no charges have been filed.

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Missouri River
10:05 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Corps to study long-term uses of Missouri River water, hold public meetings

A tugboat on the Missouri River near Kansas City, Mo.
(Flickr/Brian Hillegas)

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 21, to add comments from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. Originally posted Aug. 20.

What does an oil and gas boom in North Dakota have to do with Missouri River reservoirs?

Hydrofracturing – the process that gets new wells up and running – takes lots of water.

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