Claire McCaskill

Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, March 28, 2011

Former Missouri Senator Kit Bond.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Plane Carrying Bond and Wainwright Makes Slippery Landing at Lambert

Former Missouri Senator Kit Bond and Cardinals star pitcher Adam Wainwright were on board a flight that had to make a slippery landing at Lambert Airport this weekend. The two were among about 140 passengers on a Delta Air Lines jet that slid off the runway while landing in a snowstorm Saturday afternoon.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 24, 2011

St. Louis officials had hoped that 2010 census figures were wrong. They now say they are accurate. (SLPRnews)
  • St. Louis officials were hoping to find that census figures showing the city lost about 8 percent of its population over the past 10 years were wrong. They now concede it is probably accurate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that city officials at first thought the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units than did city assessor data. That could have meant about 12,000 St. Louisans were not counted. And they suspected other errors. The Post-Dispatch reports that those errors now look like technological glitches that have no real bearing on the population total. Nearly 200 federal programs use census figures to determine how to distribute federal money.

  • The suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona has been transferred to a specialized facility in Missouri to undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation. Defense lawyers for 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner say in a court filing that he was moved from Tucson to a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Springfield yesterday. Loughner's lawyers want an appeals court to order him returned. Loughner will be given tests to determine if he understands the nature and consequences of the charges he faces and can assist in his defense. He has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Congresswoman. Gabrielle Giffords. She remains at a rehabilitation center in Houston as she recovers from a bullet wound to the brain.

  • Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is releasing a report Thursday examining the state's use of federal economic stimulus money. The auditor's office compiles a report each year tracking the state's use of federal money. The latest report, covering 2010, will include a sizable amount of stimulus dollars in addition to money Missouri normally receives for such things as Medicaid and welfare payments. Schweich, a Republican, took office as auditor in January. As a candidate, he had pledged to act as a "fiscal hawk" over the state's share of federal stimulus money.

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches. McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday the county determined McCaskill's bill to be $319,541. That amount is still pending confirmation by the State Tax Commission.

Claire McCaskill
4:23 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

McCaskill may owe $320K for plane property taxes

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

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches.

McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money.

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Claire McCaskill
5:32 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Republicans call on McCaskill to release tax records for airplane

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011 as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals. The Missouri Republican Party has asked McCaskill to release tax records associated with her controversial personal airplane.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republicans are attacking Senator Claire McCaskill for failing to own up to her own rhetoric about openness and accountability.

The state Republican Party is calling on McCaskill to release tax records associated with a controversial airplane at the center of a tax and accounting scandal.

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Claire McCaskill
4:50 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

McCaskill admits failure to pay taxes on personal plane

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

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill admitted today that she has failed to pay up approximately $287,000 in back taxes on a personal airplane.

Problems with McCaskill's plane surfaced several weeks ago amid reports that her office improperly billed the government for travel to a political event.

McCaskill took responsibility for that mistake, but she admits that the perception of dodging taxes could hurt her chances for re-election in 2012.

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Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant
12:57 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

U.S. should re-evaluate nuclear energy risks, McCaskill says

In the wake of the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says the United States should re-evaluate the risks of nuclear energy and make smart decisions going forward.

Workers in Japan are trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown by cooling overheating reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

McCaskill says Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant is safer because it's a "pressurized water reactor", not a "boiling water reactor" like the one in Japan.

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Claire McCaskill
12:16 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Mo. GOP files ethics complaint over McCaskill travel

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011 as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals. The Missouri Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against McCaskill.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:16 p.m. March 16, 2011 with comments from McCaskill.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is embarrassed by the recent revelation that she was reimbursed for using a private airplane to attend a political event in 2007.

The democrat's comments come a day after the Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint against her.

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Morning News Round-up
9:43 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Morning Headlines: Thursday, March 10, 2011

A TV was set up in a hallway of the State Capitol for those who couldn’t get into the hearing room for a hearing on charging customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

  • A State Senate committee spent several hours last night (Wednesday) discussing legislation that would allow utility companies in Missouri to charge customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.  The reactor would be built by St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and would be located next to the company’s reactor near Fulton.  The price tag for the site permit is around $40 million.  Opponents included Jean Blackwood of the Sierra Club:

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McCaskill
4:52 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

McCaskill offers her views on John Cochran, Libya and the budget

Claire McCaskill in February as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill says two new federal reports out about health care at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis are only part of the picture she wants to get on that facility.

The inspector general on Monday released reports on problems with sterilization at the hospital's dental clinic, and on complaints from employees that they did not have the equipment they needed to do their jobs.

Those reports are important because they outline existing problems, McCaskill says, but the specifics on dealing with those problems have to come from veterans. And that's where her new customer satisfaction survey comes in.

"I really want to see this through the eyes of veterans. I want to know how they feel on an individual basis about the services they’re receiving, and I think that's going to be a very good measure of the work we have to do, she says."

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Claire McCaskill
5:37 pm
Sun March 6, 2011

McCaskill wants investigation into abuse of exchange program

Sen. Claire McCaskill
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking for stricter oversight of a popular U.S. college exchange program after a federal investigation revealed that some non-existent universities are using the program to bring thousands of people into the country illegally.

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