Missouri

MO Statehouse/GOP lt. gov race
9:59 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Another Republican contemplates lt. gov. post

State Sen. Luann Ridgeway, pictured here presiding over the chamber in 2011, says she is "very committed" to entering the GOP primary for lieutenant governor.
(website of Sen. Ridgeway)

Updated at 2 p.m. with information about potential third Democratic candidate.

The Republican primary for lieutenant governor of Missouri may get even more crowded.

State Sen. Luann Ridgeway, a Republican from the Kansas City area, said Monday she is "very committed" to the race, though she has not officially declared her candidacy.

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Missouri Supreme Court / SNAP
12:15 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

SNAP leader vows to fight records disclosure

David Clohessy (left) speaking Tuesday in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy

The director of a sexual abuse support group is denying that he helped violate a gag order in a lawsuit against a Catholic priest in Kansas City.

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Missouri Unemployment Rate
12:33 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Missouri unemployment rate declined in Oct. to lowest point in over 2 years

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

Missouri's unemployment rate declined last month to its lowest point in more than 2 1/2 years.

The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in October - down two-tenths of a percentage point from September. It was the lowest mark since an 8.4 percent rate in February 2009.

Missouri's unemployment rate also was better than the national average of 9 percent in October.

Redistricting
6:24 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Hearing tomorrow on Missouri's State House and Senate redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 10:43 a.m. Oct. 13 with corrected location of hearings

A judicial panel charged with redrawing Missouri’s State House and Senate districts will begin taking comments from the public tomorrow.

The six-judge panel will draw new maps because two panels made up of Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreements on them before the August deadline.

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Missouri's Minimum Wage
2:37 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Group seeks to raise Mo. minimum wage

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Missouri voters could be asked to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.

A group that backed a successful wage increase in the 2006 elections is now pushing to get the minimum wage issue back on the ballot in Missouri's 2012 elections.

An open-records request from The Associated Press shows that the minimum wage initiative already has been submitted to the secretary of state's office, which must approve a ballot title before supporters can begin gathering signatures.

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U.S. Census Bureau / Economics
2:09 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

New Census Bureau report: 15 percent of Missourians are poor

(via Flickr/LarimdaME)

Updated 2:46 p.m. with additional contextual information

A newly released report shows that nearly 15 percent of people in Missouri are poor.

The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year.

Nationally, nearly 1 in 6 people were classified as poor.

Meanwhile, the share of Americans without health coverage rose from 16.1 percent to 16.3 percent - or 49.9 million people - after the Census Bureau made revisions to numbers of the uninsured. That is due mostly to continued losses of employer-provided health insurance in the weakened economy.

In Missouri, 14 percent of residents lacked insurance.

But how does today's data compare with the numbers in years prior?

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Festus Postmaster
11:44 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Festus postmaster gets 2-year term for scheme

(via Flickr/Aranami)

The postmaster of the suburban St. Louis town of Festus has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in a scheme that defrauded the Postal Service of nearly $4 million.

Teresa Tremusini was convicted in June of two counts of receiving illegal gratuities. She was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

The owner of SG Print & Mail, an employee of that business and another Postal employee previously entered guilty pleas in the $3.8 million scheme.

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MSTA / Education / Social Media
3:09 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Missouri State Teachers Association sues Mo. over social networking law

(via Flickr/MoneyBlogNewz)

Mo. Gov. Nixon signed SB54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, into law in July - making national news regarding some of the bill's provisions on educators and social media.

Now the law is being challenged in court by the Missouri State Teachers Association.

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Lethal Injection in Missouri
2:25 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Federal judge sides with Mo. in death penalty case

This gurney is used to perform executions at a facility in Terre Haute, Ind. by lethal injection. A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Missouri prison inmates to the state's execution procedure.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Missouri prison inmates to the state's execution procedure.

The inmates' lawsuit argued that Missouri does not get valid medical prescriptions for the drugs used to put prisoners to death.

The lawsuit cited the state's use of non-medical personnel to administer the chemicals intravenously.

In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey said the inmates' lawsuit failed to show actual harm to anyone.

Missouri's execution process has been the subject of legal wrangling for several years.

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Veterinary Medicine / State of Missouri
10:04 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Sitting down with Missouri's state veterinarian

Dr. Taylor Woods, Missouri's state veterinarian.
(Courtesy Missouri Department of Agriculture)

The state of Missouri is paying tribute Thursday to State Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Woods on the opening day of the State Fair in Sedalia.  Woods has served as the State Veterinarian twice, collectively serving for nearly 20 years. 

During that time, he’s been credited with developing policy and procedures to combat numerous diseases that threaten Missouri’s livestock industry.  Dr. Woods sat down this week with St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin and talked about just what it is that a State Veterinarian does. You can listen to their conversation above.

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