Chris McDaniel

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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
4:50 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Former Senior Advisor To Obama, David Axelrod Calls Out 'Snipers' For Not Implementing ACA

Credit flickr/Talk Radio News Service

David Axelrod, the former senior advisor to President Obama spoke at Webster University Friday, speaking on a variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act.

Axelrod was a key advisor to the president during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Axelrod used his time to take a swipe at states (like Missouri) doing their best to not implement parts of the law.

“There are still many snipers on rooftops trying to make it not work, in the form of Governors and Congressmen," Axelrod said. "But I think it’s important for the country that it succeeds.”

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Politically Speaking
3:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Politically Speaking: DMV Layoffs, Tax Cuts, and Fast Food Strikes

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

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: Jason reports from Jefferson City about possible layoffs at the DMV, the Governor's press statement, the possibility of a veto-override of tax cuts, and fast food strikes in St. Louis.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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VA
5:01 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Enyart Looking To Give 'Boot To The Posterior’ Of The VA

War veterans salute as an American flag passes by during Memorial Day services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on May 30, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the wait time for veterans to receive benefits has skyrocketed from 116 days in 2009 to 330 days now. In response, US Representative Bill Enyart is sponsoring legislation to try to reduce that wait.

What the bill would do is pay partial, provisional benefits for veterans whose cases aren't handled within 125 days after they are submitted. Currently, that would apply to more than half a million veterans.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

McCaskill Holds Hearing On 'Kafkaesque' Credit Report System

McCaskill demonstrates a point during the hearing using her iPhone.
Screenshot from a Senate stream of the hearing.

Millions of consumers have an error on their credit report. In response, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri held a hearing Tuesday on the consumer report industry.

One out of every five consumers has an error on at least one of their major credit reports, according to a study released a few months ago by the Federal Trade Commission. Those errors can cause consumers to pay more or be denied credit or housing.

McCaskill, who recently became chairman of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection, called the system “kafkaesque.”

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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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