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Roy Blunt / Education
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Blunt says student loan debate is red herring

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Missouri’s Republican Senator says he’ll continue his opposition to a plan put forth by Democrats to extend federal subsidies for student loans for another year.

Roy Blunt says an alternative plan would accomplish the same goal, without raising the deficit.  Blunt says he supports freezing student loan interest rates where they are now, at 3.4 percent, but says he would pay for the subsidy by taking the money from part of the President’s 2010 healthcare overhaul— which he claims is partially funded by interest payments from student loans.

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Morning round-up
7:15 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Blues on the brink of new ownership

Two years to the month after being put up for sale for the second time in six years, the St. Louis Blues appear to have a new owner.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Missouri GOP files complaint against McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
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The Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The complaint, which was submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges McCaskill solicited for campaign donations while on federal property.

The allegation stems from an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, when McCaskill responded to a question about Super PACS targeting her campaign. Here's the video of that appearance:

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Morning round-up
8:37 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Woman wins $6 million judgment against "Girls Gone Wild"

A St. Louis judge in has awarded nearly $5.77 million to a woman who sued the makers of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos for using an image of her bare breasts without her consent.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the verdict from Judge John Garvey came down in March, after no one showed up for the defense.

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Morning round-up
6:53 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees

More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US  Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s deal settles claims by the workers that they were not properly warned before being laid off.

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Oil Subsidies
4:36 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

McCaskill continues fight to end oil subsidies

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill kicked off a state-wide campaign to change the federal tax code Wednesday at a gas station in downtown St. Louis.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is renewing her call to end tax breaks for major US oil companies. Speaking at a gas station in downtown St. Louis Wednesday, the Democrat said the subsidies have done nothing to reduce gas prices across the country. 

"I do not think that what we give them now has resulted in any break at the pump," McCaskill said. "I think that is evidenced by the prices that we see around St. Louis and around Missouri in terms of gas prices."

A bill to end the subsidies failed in the Senate last week. 

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Morning round-up
9:37 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 30, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point as part of the activation of the floodway May 2, 2011.
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Army Corps. seeks dismissal of lawsuit filed on behalf of southeast Mo. farmers

More than 140 southeast Missouri farmers are seeking damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

The Southeast Missourian reports that government attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Oral arguments in the suit are scheduled to begin April 10 in Washington.

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Veteran's Benefits
8:10 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

McCaskill: Ryan budget would cut veteran aid

Sen. Claire McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Jobs Caucus.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the budget proposal of House Republican Paul Ryan would only hurt veterans and help the wealthy. 

Speaking with veterans Sunday at Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum downtown, McCaskill called the proposal a “non-starter.” 

“The Ryan budget calls for a 33 percent cut in mandatory domestic spending," McCaskill said. "Mandatory domestic spending includes veterans. Now that is the same budget that gives an additional six-figure tax cut for multi-millionaires." 

Roy Blunt
5:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Blunt talks gas prices, military spending

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is one of the Republicans blaming President Obama for gas prices that have reached close to $4 per gallon, saying his rejection of the Keystone pipeline hurt the economy.

Obama is defending his energy policies in Oklahoma today, pointing to plans to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas that emerged after he delayed the larger Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

Even so, Blunt says the president continues to obstruct progress.

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Air National Guard
3:42 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Layoffs slated for local Air National Guard

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill.
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Hundreds of local Air National Guard jobs are on the chopping block as part of the Defense Department’s plan to cut $500 billion over the next decade.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, says more than 700 servicemen at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis and Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. may lose their jobs by the end of the fiscal year.

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