Chris McDaniel

Reporter

Chris McDaniel started at St. Louis Public Radio as a political reporter, predominantly covering the race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Congressman Todd Akin. Before coming to St. Louis, Chris worked at NPR stations in Louisville, Kentucky and Columbia, Missouri, and his work has been broadcast on NPR’s national newscasts. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he studied journalism and political science. He is also the winner of the 2011 PAX East Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Chris enjoys dogs, anything by Cormac McCarthy, and listeners like you.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

$100 Fine For Sagging Pants? Yes, Under Proposed St. Louis Bill

Credit (via Flickr/tobyotter)

A St. Louis alderwoman wants to keep people from sagging their pants in public. Marlene Davis introduced a bill Friday that would impose a fine of at least $100 for a violation. 

A violation is described as wearing pants below the waist, exposing the skin or undergarments which is quote “likely to cause affront or alarm.”

The topic may sound funny, but not all the aldermen are laughing. Alderman Antonio French says the bill inordinately targets young black men.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

McCaskill Says Security Clearance System Is Rife With Fraud

via Senate livestream.

The contracting firm that handled the background check of a now-famous NSA leaker is under active criminal investigation. On Thursday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) held a hearing on how security clearances are granted.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Nasheed On Campaign Finance, Medicaid And More

Mary Edwards, St. Louis Public Radio.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) joins as a guest, and makes an announcement on campaign finance. Then we turn to school accreditation in Missouri, as well as the prospects for Medicaid expansion in upcoming years.

Next week, Republican Senator John Lamping will join the program.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

McCaskill Endorses Clinton's Potential Presidential Campaign...Again?

Wikimedia Commons/Frank Plitt for Clinton’s image & Senator McCaskill’s Official Flickr account.

If you're having a sense of déjà vu after reading national headlines about Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill endorsing Hillary Clinton's potential run for president, you're not crazy. The Democratic Senator actually endorsed Clinton when she stepped down as Secretary of State in February.

Back then, McCaskill wrote, "I know that Hillary will succeed in whatever comes next for her—and if her future plans include seeking the Presidency, which I hope they do, then I look forward to being on her team and working my heart out to see her elected.”

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West Lake Landfill
6:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmaker: Remove Radioactive Waste From Landfill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

A suburban St. Louis lawmaker is calling for the removal of nuclear waste from a landfill near Lambert Airport.

Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill has created a foul odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the landfill owner, Republic Services.

Bridgeton Landfill is part of the larger West Lake Landfill. Another area of West Lake contains nuclear waste from the Cold War era.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Nixon Leaves For European Business Trip

Gov. Jay Nixon greets members of the Missouri House before delivering his first State of the State address. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon began a weeklong trip Friday to Europe to promote Missouri businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Republican, will be joining the Democratic governor on the trip, as will Democrate state Senator Ryan McKenna. They'll stop  in France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

Missouri businesses exported more than $2.5 billion worth of products to Europe last year - about 20 percent of the state's total exports.

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Politically Speaking
4:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Eric Schmitt Joins To Discuss Tax Bill And More

Sen. Schmitt in studio.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) joins as a guest to have a "free-wheeling and fun conversation" on the income tax bill the governor vetoed. Then we run through some news: the auditor's finding on the Hancock Amendment, as well as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Next week, Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed will join the program.

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Politics
11:55 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Former Mo. Republican Speaker Donates To Democratic Gov. Candidate

File photo

Former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, a Republican, donated $7,500 to Democrat Chris Koster last night. Koster has made very clear his interest in the Governor's office.

What's more, the donation comes just a few days after Koster pledged to give $400,000 to Democrats running for legislative seats in the next four years.

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Startups
8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: Investments In St. Louis Tech Startups Nearly Doubled In 2012

Flickr: Randy Pertiet

Updated 6/13 4:56 with news of entrepreneur fund.

Business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials met today (Thursday) to announce a new effort to support entrepreneurs in the area.

The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

The announcement comes on the tail of a recent report that found last year was a record-breaking year for St. Louis tech startups, which brought in $30 million dollars in investments.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the $100 million goal is bold, but doable.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Nixon Tours Flood Damage, Discusses Aid With Local Officials

Nixon gets an update on West Alton flooding from local officials.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Governor Jay Nixon received a briefing Friday on the flooding situation in West Alton, Mo. Although the small town is still battling floods, a big question now is how to cope with the cleanup costs.

Local officials stressed that the flooding is still at a critical stage, and that the Mississippi is still well over flood level.

But the question of how to handle the costs will have to be answered in the coming weeks. St. Charles County has spent about $1.4 million, but said keeping track of receipts has not been a priority for the past few days.

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