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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School transfers
3:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

State high court sends second school transfer case back for review

(via Flickr/cayoup)

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Webster Groves School District in suburban St. Louis County does not have to admit a student from the unaccredited St. Louis Public Schools.

Tuesday's ruling also sent the case - King-Willmann v. Webster Groves School District - back to the trial court, saying "contested issues of fact" had not been resolved.

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Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
1:06 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Mo. House Dems send letter opposing Limbaugh "Famous Missourians" induction

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

News surfaced Monday that radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is to be inducted this year in the Hall of Famous Missourians at the Missouri state Capitol. Now, Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives have sent a letter to House Speaker Steven Tilley asking that the plans to induct Limbaugh be "abandoned."

The letter says that "Fame alone has never been considered sufficient to earn someone a place in the Hall of Famous Missourians" and that, if that were the case, "outlaws Frank and Jesse James  - two of the most famous Missourians of all time - would have been inducted long ago."

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Barack Obama
11:35 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Press Conference with President Obama

President Barack Obama talks with White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in the Oval Office, Jan. 18, 2012.
(Official White House Photo/Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us for this event earlier today.

For a round up of President Obama's comments here's a live blog of the press conference from NPR's "The Two-Way."

Morning round-up
9:29 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 6, 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

House budget writers finish reviews of Missouri's proposed spending plan for next year

Members of the budget committee now have until 4 p.m today to offer amendments, which will be debated and voted on Wednesday.   

Republican Ryan Silvey of Kansas City chairs the House Budget Committee:

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Bank robbery
9:04 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Possible serial bank robber strikes in Midtown

Security video from the St. Louis Community Credit Union in Midtown shows the man suspected of robbing the credit union on Monday. He is also a suspect in a bank robbery last month.
(photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Forest Park Community Credit Union near Saint Louis University today - a robber investigators believe may be responsible for two other robberies last month.

The Bureau says that just before 1 p.m., the robber entered the credit union at 3651 Forest Park Ave., and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The robber did not show or imply that he had a weapon, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Rush Limbaugh/Hall of Famous Missourians
5:11 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Rush Limbaugh to be inducted into "Hall of Famous Missourians" at State Capitol

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

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh will be inducted this year into the Hall of Famous Missourians. The news comes as the conservative commentator is under fire for comments he made on his nationally-syndicated show last week.

Limbaugh called Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she spoke last week before a group of congressional Democrats in favor of President Obama’s birth control mandate for religious employers.  Limbaugh has since apologized while several advertisers have left his show.  Despite the controversy, House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) is moving forward with plans to induct Limbaugh into the Hall.

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Alzheimer's disease
4:23 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Study: new Alzheimer’s marker can predict rate of memory loss

This image from the National Institute on Aging shows the difference between the tissue structure of a healthy brain (at left) and a brain severely affected by Alzheimer's disease.
(Image courtesy National Institute on Aging)

A new marker for Alzheimer's disease can be used to predict how quickly a patient will develop memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.

Researchers at Washington University measured levels of a marker called visinin-like protein 1 in in the spinal fluid of 60 patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's then tracked their symptoms for three years.

Neurologist Dr. Rawan Tarawneh, now at the University of Jordan, led the study.

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Ethics fine
3:36 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

St. Louis alderman fined for ethics violations

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, shown here in July 2011, has been fined nearly $38,000 for campaign finance violations.
(via Facebook/Antonio French)

Updated at 8:45 p.m. to clarify the location of mingled funds.

The Missouri Ethics Commission has fined St. Louis city Alderman Antonio French nearly $38,000 for a series of campaign finance violations that occurred during his successful 2009 campaign for the 21st Ward seat.

French, a Democrat, was charged with five violations, including failing to maintain a checking account at a chartered bank for about nine months, and failing to update campaign records to indicate the closure of the old account and the opening of a new one.

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East St. Louis
2:40 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Durbin calls for East St. Louis action on clubs

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. in East St. Louis on Feb. 22.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

A U.S. senator is stepping up his efforts to limit nightclub hours in East St. Louis.

Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday that earlier closing times for nightclubs and liquor stores would improve safety for city residents. The Illinois Democrat specifically challenged Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. to do his part in reducing crime rates. (Read the full letter from Durbin to Parks).

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