10:13 am
Fri July 6, 2012

How unemployment has dragged on, in three charts

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Take a look at these charts put together by NPR's Planet Money team. Does your experience or that of your neighbors reflect the data or trends?
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Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.
750,000 meals
6:39 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone

Volunteers at the Bridge in downtown St. Louis have helped the agency serve 750,000 meals in its six years
(via Facebook/The Bridge St. Louis)

On the last Sunday in June, The Bridge – a social service agency operated out of Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis – served its 750,000th  meal.

Volunteers dished out just over 6,000 meals in 2006, the first year The Bridge was open. Last year, more than 171,000 people accepted a free hot meal.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann sat down with Kathleen Wilder, the pastor at Centenary and the executive director of The Bridge, to reflect on what it means that so many people are in need.

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Morning round-up
6:23 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, July 6, 2012

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St. Louis County police investigating credit card use of Valley Park mayor

St. Louis County police are investigating the alleged misuse of funds by the mayor of Valley Park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the investigation began last month, but officers went to City Hall this week with the list of documents they’ll need.

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Claire McCaskill / Health Care
6:10 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

McCaskill hails Supreme Court health care ruling

US Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. outside the St. Charles Coordinated Campaign office on July 5, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

US Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time in the St. Louis area on the Supreme Court's health care ruling

The Missouri Democrat told supporters today at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be a burden to seniors.

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Ballpark Village
5:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Cardinals' Ballpark Village could break ground by end of year

An artist rendering of the exterior of the latest iteration of Ballpark Village.
(Courtesy St. Louis Cardinals)

Officials with the St. Louis Cardinals say construction should begin on the much-delayed Ballpark Village by this coming fall.

The $100 million project received support Thursday from the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority—known as MODESA.

MODESA’s support frees up $17 million in bonds set to expire by the end of the year—a fact which has the Cardinals, their developer Cordish Co. and the City of St. Louis moving quickly to clear these last few hurdles.

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Health Care
5:48 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kinder announces plans to challenge Mo. health care ballot language

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Elana Gordon of KCUR reported for this story.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

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License Plates
4:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Effort to discourage KU license plates in Mo. becomes law

A depiction of the Jayhawk, the symbol of the University of Kansas.
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No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates - at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

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Illinois Law
2:47 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Aiding a fugitive relative? That's a felony in Ill. now

(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

A new Illinois law is supposed to make it harder for fugitives to give authorities the slip.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday that's designed to close a loophole in the state's criminal code that effectively exempts relatives from punishment if they aid a family member on the lam.

But the new law makes it a felony for immediate family members to help fugitives avoid arrest. A conviction could result in a maximum three-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine.

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Cardinals
12:15 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

#FreesePlease: Twitter campaign boosts Cardinal to All-Star Game

St. Louis Public Radio's (staged) newsroom display of support for Cardinals third baseman David Freese.
St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 3:38 p.m:

It looks like David Freese is a winner in the Final Vote campaign and will be going to the All-Star Game. 

MLB tweeted this afternoon that Freese was the National League winner, with Yu Darvish winning the American League contest.

Here's what Freese told MLB.com:

  "It's St. Louis," Freese said of the huge support he received from Redbird Nation. "They love Cardinal baseball."

Freese had said that being reunited with La Russa was the biggest part of the honor, should fans give it to him. And they did.

"For me, it's not about going to the All-Star Game," Freese explained. "It's about playing for Tony La Russa one more time."

MLB.com also said that the whole Twitter-based effort for all of the players involved "drew a four-hour sustained average of 3,000 tweets per minute during the voting period."

Original Story:

Major League Baseball is taking a social media step in this year's All-Star Game Final Vote - and hometown Cardinal David Freese is one of the players that could benefit.

MLB says it will be counting all tweets which use the hashtag #FreesePlease today, until 3 p.m. CT, as votes for the Cards' third baseman. 

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Morning Round-Up
6:58 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Federal government will not fund reservoir repairs

The federal government has rejected a request from Ameren Missouri to receive stimulus funds for rebuilding the Taum Sauk reservoir that ruptured in 2005.

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