obesity rate
12:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Mo. among states with very high obesity rates

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(via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Missouri is among 12 states cited in a new government survey with very high obesity rates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Monday showing that Missouri is among a dozen states with obesity rates of at least 30 percent. The CDC says 30.3 percent of Missourians are obese.

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

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Steven Tilley resigns
12:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Tilley resigns from office

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) addresses reporters at a press conference during the 2011 legislative session. Tilley announced his resignation as Speaker on 8/13/2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 6:07 p.m. with comments from House Maj. Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Updated 2:32 p.m. with letter.

Updated 12:47 p.m. with details from Tilley press release.

Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is resigning today as both a member of the Missouri House and as Speaker, effective this evening at 11:59 p.m.

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Morning round-up
10:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 13, 2012

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Heading into special session, Ill. lawmakers remain divided on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Friday to overhaul he state's pensions, even though Illinois lawmakers are still divided over the best way to do so.

There's an $83 billion gap in what the state has promised its employees they'll get when they retire, and what Illinois actually has in the bank.

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Homeless Camps
2:10 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Rice sets up new homeless camp in St. Louis County, officials want to avoid confrontation

A big, green and white tent is erected where Rev. Larry Rice hopes to put new homeless camp in St. Louis County.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A handful of homeless people milled about in the shade of a big green and white tent in suburban St. Louis County.

The massive canopy represents the latest in a string of attempts by Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center to set up a camp for the homeless.  

St. Louis County officials and police were on hand Saturday morning while Rice began setting up the camp in a vacant lot on Lada Avenue.

Officials told Rice that he did not file the proper paperwork to have a portable toilet, and that he could not have multiple tents.  

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Wisconsin's Ryan To Be His Running Mate On GOP Ticket

The Republican ticket at this morning's announcement in Norfolk, Va.: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:11 pm

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice for running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

The official word, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

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Mo. Governor/US Senate races
7:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau endorses Spence for Governor, Akin for US Senate

Dave Spence (R), addresses Mo. Farm Bureau members Aug. 10, 2012. Spence was endorsed by the Farm Bureau's regional FARM-PAC's for Mo. Governor.
Missouri Farm Bureau

Dave Spence, the Republican nominee for Governor, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional political action committees.

Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today.  Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.

“If you want an advocate to stand up to the (Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources) and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and all the crazy regulations that come out of DC by bureaucrats who have no idea what’s going on in the real world, I’ve got your back," Spence said.

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Catholicism
6:07 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

We'll talk to Vatican but won't compromise, nuns say

Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell, center, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, at a press conference on Aug. 10, 2012 in St. Louis.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

This afternoon group representing roughly 80 percent of American nuns, met in downtown St. Louis to release a statement refuting calls from the Vatican to implement reforms.

The group, called the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has come under criticism from Rome for endorsement of healthcare reform, as well as tacit support for a range of other issues from contraception and same-sex marriage, to women in the priesthood.

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Natural Gas
3:50 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Quinn vetoes synthetic gas plant legislation

A gas stove burner, a familiar sight to some natural gas customers.

Will be updated further. Updated 5:06 p.m. with Associated Press story of Quinn's veto.

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have forced Illinois natural gas utilities to buy synthetic gas from a proposed plant on Chicago's South Side.

The governor vetoed the bill on Friday. It would have forced Nicor Gas and Ameren Corp. to buy synthetic natural gas from the Leucadia Corp. gasification plant for 30 years to help pay for its construction.

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

St. Louis-area educator named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier has been named Missouri's Teacher of the Year.
(via Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.

"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."

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Agriculture
1:44 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

USDA predicts possibility of lowest corn yield in over 15 years

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The U.S. Agriculture Department is predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.

Garry Niemeyer farms 1,200 acres of corn and 800 acres of soybeans near Auburn, Ill. He says he's "totally stunned" to have corn with green stalks and leaves after going through weeks of 105-degree temperatures.

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