Towers complete
12:39 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Crews finish towers for new Mississippi River bridge

Workers hoist a flag on the top of the newly-completed Missouri-side tower of the Mississippi River Bridge. Both of the bridge's towers have been completed.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Crews building the new span across the Mississippi River north of downtown St. Louis have hit an important project milestone - the completion of the twin 400-foot towers. Within a week, workers will start stringing cables from the towers to support the 1,500-foot main span.

"This is great," said project manager Greg Horn with the Missouri Department of Transportation. "These towers were one of the big things we had to get done."

There's no easy part of the project this massive, Horn said, but crews are feeling a sense of relief.

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Federal Health Care Law
11:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court's health care decision: what does it mean for the St. Louis region?

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(via Flickr/Phil Roeder)

Will be updated.

Updated 5:06 p.m. with more information.

As we reported this morning, the Supreme Court has held that the federal healthcare law is constitutional.

That includes the individual mandate that requires almost all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014.

The Court called the penalty that someone must pay for refusing to buy insurance a kind of tax that the Congress can impose under the Constitution.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Some will turn to the online marketplaces known as health insurance exchanges to fulfill the mandate.

The director of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, Ryan Barker, says Missouri is one of a couple dozen states that have resisted setting up a state health insurance exchange.

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Developing: Federal Health Care Law
11:10 am
Thu June 28, 2012

President Obama addresses the nation: Supreme Court rules on health care

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For more on the Supreme Court's decision about the federal health care law, see our full coverage here.

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President Obama is expected to address the nation shortly regarding the US Supreme Court's decision on the federal health care law, handed down this morning.

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Developing: Federal Health Care Law
9:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:39 am

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

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Morning Round-Up
7:08 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Nixon defends, clarifies comments on health insurance mandate

Elana Gordon contributed reporting from Kansas City, Mo.

With a decision on the federal health law nearing, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon further defended his position yesterday regarding a federal health insurance mandate. 

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Soulard Market and Park
11:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

City of St. Louis unveils plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park

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The City of St. Louis has unveiled its plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park.

Physical improvements would include completely enclosing the market, expanding parking options and adding signage that distinguishes venders that are selling locally grown food from vendors that are reselling produce or other food items.

The farmers market would be open all weekend, too.

Citing a survey indicating strong customer demand, the market would shift from being open Wednesday through Saturday to Thursday through Sunday. 

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Sports
5:59 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Committee greenlights revised Ballpark Village proposal

A screen capture of a new artist rending of Ballpark Village - with Anheuser-Busch in as an "anchor partner."
(via Official Cardinals Twitter account)

The Cardinals are one step closer to making Ballpark Village a reality. A St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee voted Wednesday to move forward with revised development and financing plans.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III made his case for the city’s support before the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee.

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4:59 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

McCaskill among 12 'major' Democrats to skip national convention

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As we've reported, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is skipping this year's Democratic National Convention. Here's a look from NPR this evening about the 11 other "major Democrats" skipping "Obama's renomination party."
This year's Democratic National Convention has already shrunk by a day. Now it appears the attendance for the event is shrinking, too. At least a dozen prominent Democrats say they won't be able to make it. All are facing tough election campaigns in places where President Obama's popularity lags.
Arts
4:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

St. Louis arts economy doing well, according to study

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis on July 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis art institutions continue to grow despite the down economy. 

That’s according to a report issued by Wells Fargo which found that economic activity tied to St. Louis arts and culture increased by 4 percent since the last study five years ago.

Donna Wilkinson is the Chairwoman of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, which contracted the study.

“The big takeaway is really that the arts do mean business here in St. Louis,” Wilkinson said. “That on an annual basis, close to $600 million is generated in economic impact.”

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Immigration
3:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Mo. immigrant advocacy groups on Arizona's mostly-nixed law

St. Louis County police chief Tim Fitch.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Immigrant advocacy groups in Missouri say that while they are pleased the US Supreme Court struck down most of a controversial Arizona immigration policy, they remain concerned about a provision that had the support of the justices.

The five-to-three ruling on Monday allowed Arizona law enforcement officials to check the papers of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Opponents say that will lead to biased policing.

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