summersault record
5:01 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Hundreds roll on Art Hill for charity, fall short of world record

Updated at 8:26 pm on Saturday, Aug. 18 with number of participants

What a sight it was from the top of Art Hill in Forest Park today. 

Feet flew, grass stains were made, but more than 700 people fell short of setting a new world record for simultaneous summersaults.

Nevertheless, a fun time was had by all. 

Joe Baker brought out his son to take a shot at making a little piece of history.

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Health insurance exchange
6:11 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

No temp. restraining order yet over health care exchange ballot language

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A Cole County judge heard arguments Friday on whether to issue a temporary restraining order against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).


Carnahan and Republican leaders are sparring over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.  Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and GOP lawmakers accuse Carnahan of using misleading language in order to influence voters to defeat the ballot question in November.  Attorney Jay Kanzler represents the plaintiffs.


“Secretary of State Carnahan's language talking about denying families and individuals access to affordable health care frankly doesn’t even come close to describing, in fact, what the ballot initiative would do,” Kanzler said.

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5:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

A trip down the drought-ridden Mississippi River

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PRI's midday news magazine show, Here and Now, shared this audio trip down the drought-ridden Mississippi River. Here and Now is hosted out of WBUR in Boston. Listen via the link.
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The Mississippi River has had a wild 12 months. This time last year, the river was at flood level. These days, it's near historic lows. From Illinois southward, the low water levels are affecting commerce, tourism, and just everyday life. The biggest impact may be on shipping, as businessman Larry Daily of Bettendorf Iowa .
GMO Labeling
3:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Monsanto gives $4.2 million to block GMO labeling

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Monsanto is leading the fight to block a California ballot initiative that would require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients.

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Stubblefield fired
3:26 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

City commission upholds firing of former St. Louis jail official

Gene Stubblefield answers questions at a meeting of the Public Safety committee on Oct. 25, 2011. The city's Civil Service Commission upheld his firing this week.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis city Civil Service Commission has upheld the dismissal of former city corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield.

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Illinois expulsion
1:53 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Ill. House expels Chicago Democrat over bribery allegations

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has expelled one of its members.

Lawmakers voted 100-6 on Friday to expel Chicago Democratic state Rep. Derrick Smith. And as Amanda Vinicky reports via Twitter, House Speaker Michael Madigan asked that Smith's name be moved immediately from the chamber's roll.

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12:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Graphics: the child workforce in 1920 America

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Another fascinating graphic and exploration from the Planet Money team. Check it out via the link.
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So I was looking through an old Census report and I found a chapter entitled "Children in Gainful Occupations." Turns out, about 1 million children age 10 to 15 were working in America in 1920 (out of a total population of 12 million kids in that age range).
Drought/Rivers
11:36 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Army Corps says low river levels not going away any time soon

The Missouri River, south of Rocheport, Mo.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Alton Friday as part of their annual low-water inspection.

The Corps has stepped up emergency scouring and dredging operations in response to the unprecedented low water levels in the Mississippi River Basin.

Marty Hettle works for the barge operator, AEP.  He says the river forecast is not expected to trend upward any time soon.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, August 17, 2012

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Illinois Gov. optimistic special session will be fruitful

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield, Ill. for the one-day session today to vote on changes to the state's retirement system, which is at least $83 billion in debt.

The two parties have been unable to come to an agreement on a solution. Quinn is pushing a plan opposed by Republicans that would shift the cost of some benefits to local school districts.

Quinn, however, says lawmakers will do the right thing in the end.

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Mo. wildfire threat
8:05 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Wildfire threat in Mo. will be higher this fall, Nixon says

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) addresses the media at the 2012 Missouri State Fair.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) presided over a drought briefing today at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers.  He says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.

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