Developing: Mississippi River Bridge
11:35 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Updated reports: Worker falls into river at Mississippi River Bridge construction site

A view of the Mississippi River Bridge construction area from a time-lapse camera taken at 11 a.m. today.
(Missouri Department of Transportation website)

Updated at 10:05 p.m.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, quoting East St. Louis Police chief Michael Floore, says the missing worker has tentatively been identified as 35-year-old Andy Gammon of Park Hills, Mo., which is about 65 miles south of St. Louis. The Post-Dispatch says investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are on scene to investigate.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:44 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Court looks at whether mandate can separate from rest of health law

If the Supreme Court rules that the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional, does that invalidate the rest of the law?
Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 11:01 pm

In its second-to-last argument over the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ponders a what-if.

Specifically, if the justices decide that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in enacting the part of the law that requires most Americans to either have health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty, does that invalidate the rest of the law? And if not, how much, if any, of the rest of the law should it strike down?

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. legislation allows some sex offenders to be removed from state registry

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation allowing some sex offenders to be removed from the state registry.

Several offenses, such as promoting obscenity, no longer would require registration. In other cases, people could petition a state trial judge to be removed from the state registry.

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Pro-union rally
7:37 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Massive pro-union rally at Mo. Capitol

iPad photo of pro-labor union rally on March 27, 2012. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) is addressing the crowd.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Well over a thousand labor union members rallied outside the State Capitol Tuesday against various bills in the General Assembly they say is anti-worker.

In particular, they oppose legislation that would suspend the prevailing wage law in tornado-ravaged Joplin and other parts of Missouri declared to be federal disaster areas.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) spoke at the rally, accusing Republican lawmakers and their backers of attacking working people in Missouri.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:23 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Supreme Court cheat sheet: A quick guide to the Day 2 arguments

Opponents and supporters of President Obama's health care overhaul rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Bob Mason shows support for the Tea Party by dressing in costume as one of the Founding Fathers.
John Rose NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 7:11 pm

A clearly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up the centerpiece of President Obama's health care law: its requirement that by 2014 individuals have insurance coverage or face a penalty.

In contrast to Monday's dense and technical arguments, Tuesday's session was filled with sharp rhetorical volleys and clever analogies. Here are some of the more telling exchanges between the lawyers and the high court justices.

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Liz Halloran joined NPR in December 2008 as Washington correspondent for Digital News, taking her print journalism career into the online news world.

Halloran came to NPR from US News & World Report, where she followed politics and the 2008 presidential election. Before the political follies, Halloran covered the Supreme Court during its historic transition — from Chief Justice William Rehnquist's death, to the John Roberts and Samuel Alito confirmation battles. She also tracked the media and wrote special reports on topics ranging from the death penalty and illegal immigration, to abortion rights and the aftermath of the Amish schoolgirl murders.

Lambert Airport
3:48 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tornado-damaged C Concourse to reopen at Lambert Airport April 2

A screen capture of a video of the inside of the entrance of Terminal C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a tornado descended on the building on April 22, 2011.
(Screen Capture via YouTube)

Remember seeing this video? This was what happened to the C Concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport almost a year ago.

The video shows what happened when a tornado ripped through the St. Louis area. The good news? The damaged C Concourse is about to reopen.

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Guilty plea
2:45 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Guard charged in downtown St. Louis jail escape pleads guilty

Mori Farrell, shown here in an April 2011 booking photo, has pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanors in connection with a jail break.
(photo courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

The only person to face criminal charges in a series of escapes from the St. Louis city jails has pleaded guilty to a series of misdemeanors.

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Missouri House Redistricting
2:28 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court upholds state House districts

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Will be updated.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld new boundaries for state House districts based upon the 2010 census.

The high court issued a one-line ruling Tuesday upholding the new districts and saying a longer opinion would be issued sometime in the future. The ruling came about three hours before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline for candidates to file for this year's elections.

Mo. Capitol rallies
1:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol

iPad photo of the Protect our Religious Liberty rally inside the Mo. Capitol on March 27, 2012.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.

Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.  Maggie Karner with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the crowd that President Obama’s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.

“This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door," Karner said.

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