Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is calling President Obama's budget a starting point to begin the conversation between Democrats and Republicans.
The Democratic senator says she is anxious to see the Republicans' budget plan in the House. But McCaskill is also criticizing the GOP for focusing on the discretionary domestic budget, which, she says, is only 18 percent of the budget.
A screen capture of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's 2012 campaign website, ClaireMcCaskill.com. The domain name of the site was purchased from a Columbia, Mo. graphic designer. (Screen Capture of ClaireMcCaskill.com)
President Barack Obama in 2008. Last night during his State of the Union Address, Obama proposed a freeze in spending that Missouri's senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt say doesn't go far enough. (St. Louis Public Radio)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a press conference in St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2011. McCaskill spoke on a variety of topics including secret holds, St. Louis' chances to host the 2012 DNC and spending caps. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)
A photo of now U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's swearing-in ceremony today in Washington, D.C. Pictured above from left: Andy Blunt (Son); Senator Blunt, Charlie Blunt (Son), Abigail Blunt (Wife), Vice President Biden. (via Office of Sen. Roy Blunt)
MetroLink is running regular service this morning across both tracks at the scene of an accident that happened yesterday in Pagedale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several injuries were reported after a MetroLink light rail train hit a tow truck stalled at a crossing. The eastbound train struck the flatbed truck around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Passengers reported seeing at least five people being taken to hospitals by ambulance. Metro spokeswoman Dianne Williams said she was told the injuries did not appear to be serious. The tow truck was unoccupied. Investigators are trying to figure out why it stalled on the tracks.
"The relationship with Russia is key in terms of us getting the missile defense systems in place that can check Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, if in fact they decide that they will either utilize the nuclear weapons they have, the case in Pakistan, or continue to move towards nuclear capability, in the case of North Korea and Iran." - Sen. Claire McCaskill
St. Archbishop Robert Carlson is continuing work on what he has called his top priority - improving Catholic schools in the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that for the past year, Carlson has been meeting with parents, teachers, pastors and national experts. The goal is to develop strategies to improve Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese, where enrollment in its 11 counties has been steadily declining for four decades. The newspaper says Carlson is positioning the St. Louis Archdiocese to follow the lead of other large Catholic school systems that have restructured to stop the loss of students.
"We don't have to sit by and let this happen. Let's grow this system again." - Archbishop Robert Carlson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The scene at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado in 2008. St. Louis is said to be one of the top two potential cities to host the convention in 2012. (Flickr Creative Commons User ravedelay)