Claire McCaskill

Frankie Freeman
5:52 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

St. Louis attorney, activist Freeman honored on Senate floor, to receive top NAACP award

Frankie Freeman, long-time St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist.
(via NAACP Release)

A long-time St. Louis attorney and civil rights activist is this year's recipient of the top award from the NAACP.

Frankie Freeman will receive the 96th Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in July.

She was honored Wednesday on the floor by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who called the medal an appropriate recognition of Freeman's 60-plus years of civil  rights activism.

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Claire McCaskill / Missouri River Flooding
4:26 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

McCaskill will watch Army Corps' management of Missouri River closely

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says she and her colleagues will take a close look at the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the Missouri River at the end of the flooding season.

Rising waters have already forced evacuations in the Dakotas and Iowa. The floods are due partly to the release of water from huge reservoirs located near the headwaters of the river.

McCaskill says every year, there are questions about the Corps' decision. But overall, she says the agency has done the right things this year.

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Veterans survey
4:47 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Veterans give Cochran VA hospital good marks

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill speaks to the media on Friday, May 27. To her left is veteran George Newell.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new survey released today finds that most area veterans are happy with the care and service they get from local VA medical facilities.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) initiated the survey following problems at the John Cochran VA center last summer. At a press conference at the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis, McCaskill said most of the 185 veterans surveyed had positive things to say about the local VA hospitals but there’s room for improvement.

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Joplin tornado
12:50 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

McCaskill: Cantor's comments "wildly inappropriate"

Senator Clair McCaskill is calling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's comments about relief funds for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo., "wildly inappropriate."

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill calls comments by the number two Republican in the House about the disaster relief funds for Joplin "wildly inappropriate."

House Major Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help the tornado victims, money will have to be cut from somewhere else.

McCaskill says disaster relief is an important federal function.

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Joplin Tornado
1:55 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Recovery efforts in Joplin continue with more storms forecasted

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon talk with police outside Saint .John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 23.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated at 5:16 p.m. with gallery of aerial photographs from

Updated at 4:29 p.m. with information on multi-vortex designation from the National Weather Service.

The New York Times brings us this update this afternoon on the continuing situation in Joplin:

About 1,500 people are unaccounted for in this battered city, a Fire Department official said Tuesday, as rescue workers took advantage of a few hours of sunny weather to continue searching for survivors in buildings leveled by the country’s deadliest tornado in more than 60 years.

As of 1 p.m. today, The Missouri State Emergency Management Association, or SEMA, lists the death toll at 117 people, and that number could climb.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
11:42 am
Wed May 18, 2011

McCaskill disappointed about blocked oil company tax break bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed the U.S Senate blocked a bill that would have repealed $2 billion per year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies.

Republicans and some Democrats opposed the tax increase for fear it would hurt domestic drilling while doing nothing to reduce gas prices.

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Missouri Congressional race
5:46 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Cunningham still mum on political future

Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) tossing his hat in the ring for next year’s U.S. Senate race, one of his potential successors is keeping mum about whether she’ll join the growing field vying to replace him.

Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) currently represents part of St. Louis County in the Missouri Senate, and has made no secret of her interest in running for Congress.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Refiner Price Fixing
11:58 am
Tue May 17, 2011

McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (l) signed on to a letter drafted by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (r) to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter calls for an investigation of U.S. oil refiners in relation to price fixing.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has drafted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.

The letter, a release states, comes after a report in the Kansas City Star "analyzed the ballooning profit margin by oil refiners in recent months."

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Akin Expected to Announce Challenge to McCaskill Today

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin may soon be joining the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill next year. Akin is expected to announce his Senate candidacy today at a news conference in Creve Coeur.

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Claire McCaskill / Oil Company Tax Breaks
3:12 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

McCaskill on bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is co-sponsoring legislation that would end tax breaks for the five largest oil companies in the U.S.

The Democrat-backed measure would cut off Shell, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Philips, BP and Chevron from $2 billion per year in subsidies. McCaskill says the savings would go to pay off the country’s spiraling deficit.

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