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
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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Mississippi River Flooding
5:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Up The Mississippi River, Alton, Quincy and Hannibal Deal With Flooding

Screenshot from the National Weather Service.

Just north of St. Louis, the city of Alton is bracing for the flooded Mississippi River to crest soon.

According to the National Weather Service, the river is expected to crest at about 30 feet on Tuesday -- nine feet above flood stage -- and remain near that level until Thursday.

Matt Asselmeier from Alton Mayor Tom Hoescht's office says they've filled more than 2,000 sand bags in preparation.

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Politically Speaking
12:53 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Politically Speaking: DOR Resignation, Rallies In The Capitol and Slay's Inauguration

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public radio)

Jo Mannies is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the developments in the Department of Revenue "kerfuffle", we talk about the gun and Medicaid rallies in Jefferson City, and Slay's inaugural announcement.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Metro Transit Steps Up Security After Boston Attack

Metrolink tracks will undergo some grinding work over the next few months.
St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metro Transit is stepping up security after the recent terrorist attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 150 injured.

Richard Zott, Chief of Public Safety for Metro says the changes aren’t due to any specific threat.

“No, I just think it’s prudent," Zott said. "Anytime you have something like a major bombing in a city like that, I just think it’s a good idea to just increase your vigilance and your security procedures. I just like to err on the side of caution.”

He says he’s working with the city and county police departments.

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Sports
4:52 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Busch Stadium Will Host Its First NCAA Football Game

Head coaches Dale Lennon (left) and Tony Samuel (right).
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

For the first time ever, Busch Stadium will be host to an NCAA football game. The game will take place Sept. 21 with the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks playing the Salukis of Southern Illinois University.

Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals, says it’s great to showcase the venue, but is a lot of work.

"Having big concerts here, and other types of sports really stretches the limits of our staff and I want to thank them in advance," DeWitt said.

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Politically Speaking
5:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: DOR Docs, Lobbyist Money And Medicaid

Missouri State Capitol
(KWMU Staff photo)

Jo Mannies is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jason Rosenbaum of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the Department of Revenue debate over conceal and carry documents, we talk about the lobbying money in Jefferson City, and Medicaid expansion's developments in the past week.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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Lobbying
8:31 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Who Are Missouri's Biggest Lobbyists?

Credit "Tax Credits" / Via Flickr

Infographics: Explore the Numbers

In the second chart in our "By The Numbers" project, you can see who the biggest lobbyists are. The top is probably a name you will recognize.

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Weather
12:58 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Cleanup Continues After Severe Weather Sweeps Through St. Louis Area

Faculty and Staff of the Hazelwood School District collect and distribute supplies to residents affected by severe weather, on Saturday, April 13.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Update on Saturday, April 13 at 1:15 p.m. 

The cleanup effort in Hazelwood continues this weekend, days after the suburb was hit by a vicious spring storm that uprooted trees and destroyed homes. 

About 150 faculty and staff members of the Hazelwood School District fanned out into neighborhoods on Saturday, checking up on residents and passing along information and resources.   Staff is also collecting food and supply donations this weekend.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill

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

Missouri’s U.S. Senators are divided on a bill that would expand background checks to more gun buyers. Republican Blunt has indicated that he does not support the bill, while Democrat Claire McCaskill says she will.

On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, McCaskill said Congress needs to do something to try to prevent mass shootings.

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Lobbying
4:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Legislators Received More Than $330,000 From Lobbyists In Two Months

Infographics: Explore the Numbers

In just two months this year, Missouri legislators and state-wide officials received more than a third of a million dollars in gifts from lobbyists. Expensive meals, basketball tickets and clothes are all common gifts to the people that craft our laws and govern us.

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