Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney
1:40 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Romney in Kirkwood: Obama to blame for high gas prices

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney works a crowd of supporters after delivering remarks as he visits a park in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 13.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Updated at 5:04 p.m. with additional information from the event.

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rallied for support at a park in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood Tuesday.

Republican caucuses are underway in Missouri, as the process to select a presidential nominee continues, but  the party's front-runner ignored his Republican rivals. Instead, he attacked President Barak Obama, blaming him for a high gasoline prices.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Morning headlines: March 13, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of the starting headlines of the day so far:

Nixon to hold news conference Tuesday on proposed cut in state aid to the blind

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the blind. The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.

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Missouri Presidential Primary
9:51 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum win presents problems for Republicans according to political scientist

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to supporters after winning the Missouri Primary during a rally in St. Charles, Missouri on February 7, 2012.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Rick Santorum is the winner of Missouri's presidential primary. The primary was held Tuesday and is non-binding.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were on the ballot, Newt Gingrich was not.

Early this morning, St. Louis Public Radio's Julie Bierach interviewed University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson about the results.

What does a Missouri win mean for Santorum’s campaign?

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Alyssa Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on February 8, 2012 for the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.
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Central Missouri teen sentenced to life with possibility of parole

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the killing of her 9-year-old neighbor.

The Central Missouri teen was sentenced this morning in Cole County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 stabbing and strangling of her neighbor, Elizabeth Olten, in St. Martin’s, a small town west of Jefferson City.

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Election 2012/Santorum wins
12:53 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum wins big in Missouri

Former Penn. Senator Rick Santorum gives a thumbs-up to supporters in St. Charles after winning the Missouri GOP primary 55 percent to 25 percent over Mitt Romney.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum racked up a sizeable victory in Missouri's Republican primary last night, winning all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis and beating his nearest rival, Mitt Romney, by 30 points. Final unofficial results from the Secretary of State showed Santorum more than doubling Romney's vote total.

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Morning Round-up
9:22 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An interior view of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Workers' comp, civil lawsuits top priorities for business groups this legislative session

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuitsas their top priorities in the legislative session that starts at noon today.

Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Merchants and Manufacturers Association and other groups outlined their priorities at a news conference Tuesday.

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MO Statehouse
2:04 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Candidates file for Mo. presidential primary that "won't count"

The James C. Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, which houses the Mo. Sec. of State's office.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Presidential candidates can now register to run in Missouri’s primary next year – and even though the Republican primary won’t count, representatives for GOP presidential hopefuls showed up in Jefferson City Tuesday to register.  Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt filed on behalf of Mitt Romney.

“The campaign decided properly and rightly so that Missouri is an important state, " Blunt said. "The primary is going to happen relatively early in the process, but several states will have voted before us…I think the primary will help set the stage for the caucus.”

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A key MO. House member says the special legislative session on job-creation may end unless a consensus can be found in the next two days.
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Special legislative session may end unless consensus found in 2 days

Supporters and opponents of the scaled-down tax credit bill spent more than six hours Monday trying to make their respective cases to a Missouri House committee.  Senate leaders slashed $300 million  from the Aerotropolis proposal before passing it, and say that the Compete Missouri provision in the bill can more than make up for the deleted warehouse incentives. 

David Kerr, who heads the state's Economic Development department, testified in favor of the bill.

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