Claire McCaskill

Correcting Injustice
7:33 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

St. Louis Veteran Receives Long Overdue Purple Heart

Brigadier General James Robinson, right, pins a medal to Leo Hardin's suit coat as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill looks on.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A Korean War veteran from St. Louis received a Purple Heart and three other service awards Friday, six decades late.

Twice wounded during the war, Leo Hardin should have received a Purple Heart with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantry Badge, the National Defense Medal and the United Nations Service Medal when he left Korea in 1953. Hardin, a veteran of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, served in Japan in the late 1940s as well as in Korea as Private First Class from 1950-1953.

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2014 General Election
2:01 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stenger, Stream Court Women Voters As County Executive Race Enters Last Weeks

Democrat Steve Stenger is flanked by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (left) and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan (right) at a fundraiser.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

Actions often speak louder than words.

The region’s two major candidates for St. Louis County executive – Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream – play down any talk that their campaigns target women voters.

Both say they’re seeking support from any and all voters, regardless of gender, age, race or other demographics.

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Darren Wilson Investigation
5:03 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Brown's Parents Renew Call For Special Prosecutor

Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown, Sr. (far left) and Lesley McSpadden (center), have sent a letter to Gov. Nixon asking him to appoint a special prosecutor in the grand jury investigation into their son's death.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Brown's parents are renewing their call for a special prosecutor in the investigation into the fatal police shooting of their son citing "compelling and rising concerns of conflict."

In a letter written by their attorney, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday to reconsider replacing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Nixon declined to remove McCulloch when he had the power to do so during the state of emergency imposed during August's unrest.

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Title IX
2:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

McCaskill Seeks Stronger, More Sympathetic Response To Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault

Sen. Claire McCaskill at Harris-Stowe State University
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

As far as sexual assaults on a college campus are concerned, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says no news is definitely not good news.

McCaskill, D-Mo., came to Harris-Stowe State University Monday as part of her continuing efforts to strengthen colleges’ responses to sexual assault – responses that she says too often are half-hearted or, at their worst, harmful to the victim.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:40 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

D.C. Reporter: How Ferguson Is Playing Out In The Capital

St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jim Howard

Events in Ferguson are drawing the attention of lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

“I don’t think the issues that have been raised by the incidents in Ferguson and the continuing unrest are going away anytime soon, and those issues really don’t start with Ferguson,” said Jim Howard, St. Louis Public Radio’s Washington, D.C., correspondent.

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7:40 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Blunt Says There's 'Misinformation' About Equipment Dispatched During Ferguson Unrest

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt meets with reporters in Clayton.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

After the unrest in Ferguson, and the media images of highly equipped police, the “militarization” of police departments became a hot-button public policy issue.

After traveling the state on Monday, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said law enforcement officials have told him there’s misinformation about the type of equipment used in Ferguson.

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Wentzville GM Plant
10:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

General Motors Plans To Add 750 Jobs At Wentzille Plant

The addition of a third shift at GM's Wentzville Assembly plant will build, among others, the new Chevrolet Colorado truck.
Credit General Motors

General Motors says it will add a third shift and about 750 new jobs at its Wentzville Assembly plant in early 2015.

The new shift will help build two new midsize pickup truck models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. It will also produce the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, which GM describes as solid sellers.

"It's our belief that this is a long-term add for the plant and a very bright future for all the people working here," said plant manager Nancy Laubenthal.

Thousands of early orders

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Missouri Politics
4:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

McCaskill Says She's Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill dismissed on Monday rumors that she may be interested in a 2016 run for governor – 12 years after she lost her first bid for that job.

When asked if she was considering another run for governor, McCaskill replied, “I actually am not. I am very busy in my job” as U.S. senator.

“I am very happy in the job I have, and I am very lucky to have it,’’ she said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

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Police Shooting
11:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Feds Give Away New And Unused Military Equipment To Local Police As Surplus

Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

More than one-third of the military equipment deemed surplus and made available in the Defense Department’s so-called 1033 program was either new or unused according to information provided Tuesday to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Representatives from the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice faced sometimes pointed questions about waste, weak oversight and almost nonexistent coordination among the programs their departments administer to help local police departments gain access to military equipment.

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Beyond Ferguson
8:16 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Militarization of Local Police Departments Goes Before Senate Homeland Security Committee

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit Claire McCaskill's Flickr Page

Armed with a "laundry list of questions," U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will lead the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday in a hearing to examine the militarization of local police departments. The hearing follows public outrage over what some saw as an excessive police response to protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer.

Three different federal departments have programs to help local police departments acquire military-type hardware, including armored vehicles, and tactical gear and weapons.

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