Base closure discussions
12:09 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Mo. Congressmembers discuss possibility of base closings

(l-r) Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R), and Congressman Todd Akin (R) attend a meeting at the Mo. Capitol to discuss the possibility of another round of military base closings.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Three members of Missouri’s congressional delegation met at the State Capitol Wednesday to voice opposition to another round of base closings.

Although there are no scheduled base closings anywhere in the U.S. right now, the Obama Administration is pushing for another round of discussions that could begin as early as next year.  Congressman Todd Akin (R) from the St. Louis area says now’s not the time to close military facilities, especially in Missouri.

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Oil Subsidies
4:36 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

McCaskill continues fight to end oil subsidies

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill kicked off a state-wide campaign to change the federal tax code Wednesday at a gas station in downtown St. Louis.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is renewing her call to end tax breaks for major US oil companies. Speaking at a gas station in downtown St. Louis Wednesday, the Democrat said the subsidies have done nothing to reduce gas prices across the country. 

"I do not think that what we give them now has resulted in any break at the pump," McCaskill said. "I think that is evidenced by the prices that we see around St. Louis and around Missouri in terms of gas prices."

A bill to end the subsidies failed in the Senate last week. 

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

NPR's Michele Norris on race, dialogue and walking on eggshells

Photo courtesy of The Race Card Project

“I’m afraid to say something wrong. ”

“I hate hearing “the neighborhood changed. ””

“I’m so tired of this subject. ”

These "six word essays" are about race. They were written on the backs of three different postcards, by three different people, from three different parts of the country. They represent the thousands of responses NPR’s Michele Norris has gotten in response to her request: Race, your thoughts, six words, please send.

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Bike parking
2:19 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mayor Slay signs bike parking bill

Mayor Francis Slay (middle) signs the city's bike parking ordinance with Ald. Scott Ogilvie (left) and members of Slay's young adult advisory panel.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis has joined cities like Minneapolis and Seattle in requiring developers and rehabbers to install bike racks in certain projects.

Mayor Francis Slay signed the bike parking ordinance at City Hall on Wednesday. It requires developers and rehabbers of most projects over $1 million to install at least one bike rack that can hold at least two bikes.  The offsite parking requirement is reduced by one space for every bike rack that's installed.

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Charges filed against SLMPD officers
12:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Assault charges filed against two City of St. Louis police officers

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Updated 1:15 p.m. with additional details about officers.

The City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has filed 3rd Degree Assault charges against two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers, Rory Bruce and David Wilson, in two unrelated incidences. 

Here's a summary of the charges against both officers, according to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce's Facebook page:

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Missouri Budget
10:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education, but cuts state worker pay hikes

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol dome.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Budget hearings have begun in the Missouri Senate, and already there are notable differences with the House in where that chamber wants to make cuts.

While the House budget would give state workers earning less than $70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year.  Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Republican presidential contenders to speak at NRA meeting in St. Louis

Thousands of gun enthusiasts will get a chance to hear from three of the four Republican presidential contenders next week when the National Rifle Association hosts its annual meeting and exhibit in St. Louis.

An NRA spokesman says more than 60,000 people have already registered for the convention that runs April 13-15 at the America's Center convention center, but that number is expected to grow with late registrations.

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April 3 Elections
8:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bond issues for schools, court buildings in front of voters

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Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.

That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

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Lake of the Ozarks
7:50 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Resolution supporting Lake homeowners passes Mo. House committee

Aerial view of the Lake of the Ozarks
(via Flickr/John Picken)

A resolution voicing support for embattled homeowners at the Lake of the Ozarks was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Missouri House committee.

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Trade with Brazil
5:12 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Trade with Brazil in focus for both Nixon, Quinn this month

A map showing the location of Brazil within South America, along with some of the country's major population centers.
(CIA World Factbook)

Reporting from KSMU's Jennifer Moore used in this report.

As we mentioned this morning, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. The trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.

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