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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LGBT
6:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Executive Director Of LGBT Center Of St. Louis Steps Down

via Flickr/BluEyedA73

The executive director of the LGBT Center of St. Louis stepped down Monday. Leon Braxton Jr. turned in his resignation after the Board of Directors confronted him about personal uses of the organization's money.

Colin Lovett, the president of the board, declined to specify what the money was used for.

"It wasn't a ton," Lovett, the President of the Board said. "It was less than $5,000. They were personal in nature. And so it's somewhat of a personal in nature, that's all the detail we're able to go into at the moment."

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Politically Speaking
5:02 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Politically Speaking: Budget Surplus and Alcohol Wars

Marshall Griffin/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: Jo recaps her week in Jefferson City, including the budget surplus and the so-called "Alcohol Wars." Then Jason sums up the theatrics surrounding the Ellisville impeachment.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Flooding
5:01 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend

Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

A storm system that's dropping snow on the western half of the state will bring up to four inches of rain to the St. Louis area by Sunday.

But don't expect much in the way of flash flooding, says National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs.

"We're not necessarily expecting flash flooding in the classic sense - where you see a very quick rising water coming down the stream," Fuchs said. "But with that being said, there will be some roads in poor drainage areas that could go underwater."

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Lobbying
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Running Tally Of Mo. Lobbyist Gifts: $450,000

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The running tab for tickets, meals, drinks and other lobbyist gifts hasn't slowed. In just three months this year, lobbyists spent more than $450,000 on legislators in Jefferson City.

Explore the Numbers

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Zoo
7:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Unveils Updated Expansion Plans

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Zoo showcased new plans for the 13 and a half acre expansion on the southern side of interstate 64.

The plans aren’t set in stone, and the zoo is still asking for public opinion.

But it outlines a framework of where the zoo could go in the next 20 years – adding exhibits, a hotel, an upscale restaurant.

Ed Uhlir is a consultant on the expansion project, and says moving parking and adding a way for visitors to cross the interstate has to be the first move.

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Solar Aircraft
5:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

St. Louis Selected As Midwest Stop For Solar-Powered Aircraft

via Solar Impulse

St. Louis will be a pit stop for the first solar-powered flight across America. It was announced Tuesday that Lambert Airport is one of five airports selected for Solar Impulse's cross-country flight.

"We are the city forever linked to Charles Lindbergh nearly 90 years ago," St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said. "This year we recognize that there are new milestones and advances to witness, and St. Louis will be part of that inspiring story."

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Lobbying
1:01 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

By The Numbers: Methodology

In the interest of complete transparency, we thought we would pull back the curtain and explain the methodology behind this project and the data.

We receive the data from the Missouri Ethics Commission. The MEC receives the data from lobbyists who report the expenses, and the data is sent to legislators and statewide officials before it's made public. The data is made public at the beginning of the month for two months prior -- so we get March's numbers on May 1st, and we'll get April's numbers on June 1st.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Arrest Record Of Ex-Democratic Director Expunged

Matthew Teter.
(via Missouri Democratic Party)

A judge has expunged the arrest record of a former executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party.

An order Friday by St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker says the arrest of Matthew Teter following a domestic incident was based on false information. The order also says there's no probable cause to believe he committed an offense and that no charges will be pursued.

Teter said he was forced out of his job at the Democratic Party in February 2012 after the arrest.

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Politically Speaking
4:48 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Politically Speaking: Budget Talks, Reed And Slay's Sparring, and Akin's 'Comeback'

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: The happenings in the Missouri legislature, Reed and Slay's renewed back-and-forth, the possibility of an #AkinComeback, and McCaskill's involvement in a South Carolina race.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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