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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Economy
4:37 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Express Scripts Set To Expand Following Millions In Tax Breaks

Current Express Scripts headquarters in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri approved $6.8 million in tax incentives Tuesday for St. Louis-based Express Scripts to expand.

The pharmaceutical benefits company is set to add 1,500 jobs, and plans to spend the next year constructing a 220,000 square foot building in North St. Louis County.

“Incentives are an option that are on the table for businesses," Express Scripts spokesperson Brian Henry said. "And we evaluate those as we consider our expansion. So for us, incentives are a way for us to drive the business and continue to drive what we do for business and clients.”

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Drugs
4:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Drug Operation In East St. Louis Nets 58 Charges

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

Officials have charged more than 50 individuals following a three-month long investigation into drug-dealing in East St. Louis.

The operation, called "Wild Wild East," was carried out by Illinois State Police. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said the defendants are at the middle tier in the drug trade, and were involved in dealing out heroin and cocaine.

58 charges ranged from delivery and armed violence to conspiracy. Kelly said the good news is that the arrests will have a serious impact on the area.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Republicans Step Up Attack On Income Tax Veto

Rep. Rick Stream (left) and Sen. Eric Schmitt (right) after Gov. Nixon's press conference.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Republicans are stepping up their attacks against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that he says would cut revenue to the state by more than $700 million. The Democratic Governor has been touring the state with that message, hoping to sway lawmakers to sustain his veto.

After several initial supporters of the bill dropped their backing, Republicans are beginning to push back more forcefully, with GOP members showing up to Nixon’s press conferences.

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Politically Speaking
1:29 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Diehl On The Income Tax Cut Bill And Veto Session

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 show: Mo. House Majority Leader John Diehl joins us to discuss the vote count on the controversial income tax cut bill, as well as what veto session is shaping up to look like on a variety of other bills (Doe Run, the so-called gun nullification bill, and Agenda 21). We also discuss Diehl's race against fellow Republican Rep. Caleb Jones for the Speaker's gavel.

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Campaign Finance
2:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Major Donor Sinquefield Files Suit Against Contribution-Limiting Amendment

Missouri's biggest political contributor is fighting against a constitutional amendment that would severely limit his power.

Libertarian multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield and one of his lobbyists, Travis Brown, filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Kander and Auditor Tom Schweich, arguing that a proposed ballot initiative violates their right to free speech.

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Politically Speaking
10:42 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Politically Speaking: Colona On Gun Nullification, Anti-Discrimination Laws And More

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 show: Missouri Representative Mike Colona joins us to discuss the income tax bill's merits and chances of becoming law, as well as the nationally-covered gun nullification bill. We also discuss the Senate's movement on legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination laws, and Colona shares a story of what it's like to be a gay man in a conservative legislature.

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School Transfers
9:41 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Data From School Transfer Lottery Released, As Groups Question Legality Of Process

Cast a Line Flickr

The body charged with placing the thousands of students looking for a better education has released preliminary results of last week's lottery.

The lottery took place after a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that upheld a law that says students from unaccredited districts can transfer to accredited districts, paid for by the failing school.

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School Transfers
5:11 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Numbers Released Surrounding School Transfers

CSD's Sherrie Wehner.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Thousands of students are fleeing two failing North St. Louis County school districts, following a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that unaccredited schools will have to pay for students hoping for an education at an accredited school.

The past month has been confusing and arduous for both parents and the organizational body now charged with placing those students, Cooperating School Districts (CSD).

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School Transfers
5:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Placing Of Transfer Students Continues, Next Steps Uncertain For Those Who Missed Deadline

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The organization overseeing the school transfer process for students in unaccredited districts is still working on placing students Monday. Registration for the lottery ended last week, but Cooperating School Districts is still trying to figure out what to do with those that missed the deadline.

About 2,600 students applied for transfer by last week's deadline, making up roughly a quarter of the student population in the two unaccredited districts.

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School Transfers
4:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

CSD Expects Student Placements To Be Completed Monday Night

Sherrie Wehner with Cooperating School Districts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis (CSD) has placed 2,400 of the nearly 2,600 students who have applied to leave the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts.

All Normandy students who applied to go to Francis Howell were placed, and will receive transportation paid for by the unaccredited district.

But many Riverview Gardens students who applied to transfer to Kirkwood or Mehlville, the transportation options for that district, did not receive spots because the receiving districts ran out of room.

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