Leap Day Storms
3:15 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for the recovery from the severe storms that hit the region on Feb. 28 and 29.
(UPI/Ryan Dean)

Mo. governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for 18 Missouri counties hit by last week's violent storms.

Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.

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Hall of Famous Missourians
3:05 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. House Dems: don't allow installation of Limbaugh bust in state Capitol

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

Updated 5:15 p.m. with information about Gov. Nixon's perspective.

After sending a letter Tuesday in opposition to the installation of a bust of radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians, Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives have taken their opposition a step further.

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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt
12:49 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Blunt: “Boutique Fuels Amendment” will lower gas prices

Mo. Sen. Roy Blunt
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says oil refineries continue to push back on his amendment to the highway bill. The so-called “Boutique Fuels Amendment,” introduced last month, would relax requirements on special blends of gas that are used in different states and cities.

Blunt says the amendment would lower gas prices.

During a conference call with reporters this morning, Blunt said the refineries that were not profit centers for the oil companies before the Clean Air Act now are.

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Senator Claire McCaskill
12:40 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

McCaskill: “I’m not negotiating anything" between Carnahan and Clay

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Official Photo)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is not involved in negotiations between St. Louis Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay.

Carnahan’s 3rd District was drawn out of existence following the 2010 census and he has filed in the 1st Congressional District. That seat is currently held by Clay, who also filed for re-election.

McCaskill had reportedly said she was hopeful that something would be worked out because such a primary would be hard on the party.

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Election 2012
11:35 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Paperwork filed for potential Schweich Senate bid

Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:11 p.m. with statement from Neal Ethridge, Springfield businessman and former chairman of the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee

A Springfield-area defense attorney who was the treasurer of Tom Schweich's successful run for auditor in 2010 has filed documents with the Internal Revenue Service to form a committee supporting Schweich for Senate.

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Morning round-up
9:41 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 7, 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

Child abusers could face tougher penalties under Mo. legislation

People who injure or kill a baby by shaking the child could face tougher penalties under legislation moving through the Missouri House. The House has endorsed a measure expanding Missouri's child abuse law to specifically cover causing a baby's death or injury by shaking.

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The Salt
9:36 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Farmers Face Tough Choice On Ways To Fight New Strains Of Weeds

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:01 pm

OK, so this story is about weeds and weedkillers, neither of which is ever the hero of a story, but stay with me for a second: It's also about plants with superpowers.

Unless you grow cotton, corn or soybeans for a living, it's hard to appreciate just how amazing and wonderful it seemed, 15 years ago, when Roundup-tolerant crops hit the market. I've seen crusty farmers turn giddy just talking about it.

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Music therapy
6:25 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Instruments of Healing: Fighting cancer with medicine and music

St. Louis Symphony cellists Anne Fagerburg and Bjorn Ranheim play a music therapy concert at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center on Feb. 27.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

At first glance, the Saint Louis University Cancer Center and the St. Louis Symphony seem to have vastly different missions. One seeks to provide the best care possible following an often devastating diagnosis. The other seeks to spread the beauty of music wherever it can.

But a unique collaboration looks to combine those two missions as often as possible in the region's first comprehensive music therapy program – to the benefit of both organizations and the people they serve.

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Election 2012
5:30 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday: Live Coverage

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Immigrant Rally
4:01 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Rally at Mo. Capitol to oppose "anti-immigrant" bills

About 300 people rallied outside the Mo. Capitol against 2 immigration-related bills.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration.

Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill that would require all law officers to check the immigration status of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally (SB 590).  Vanessa Crawford is Executive Director of the group Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.

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