Politics & Issues

Scott Air Force Base
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Illinois Senators Continue Push To Showcase Scott Air Force Base

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin speak to reporters Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders. 

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the officials who showed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James around the Metro East military installation. It was the first time James visited the base since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last year. Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan were also on hand for James' visit.

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Campaign Finance
1:22 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Koster Outraising, Outspending Likely 2016 GOP Rivals For Governor

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(Updated 5 p.m. Tues., April 15)

The latest campaign-finance reports show Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat running for governor in 2016, handily outpacing his potential Republican rivals when it comes to raising money – and banking it.

In reports due today, Koster had raised $539,364 so far this calendar year and had amassed just over $2 million in the bank.

That compares to $251,596 that state Auditor Tom Schweich reported raising since Jan. 1, with a bank account totaling $834,747 as of March 31.

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Right to Work
10:54 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Missouri House Expected To Try Again To Collect Enough 'Right To Work' Votes

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(Updated 1:40 p.m. Tues., April 15)

The Missouri House is expected to make a renewed attempt this week to win enough votes to send to the state Senate a measure to put a “right to work” proposal on the August ballot.

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Communists, Sports Fans, Hunters
10:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commentary: Oh, That Hilarious Tax Code

April 15 is a special day -- especially for those of us who toil professionally in the tax vineyards. After 40 years, I am still amazed at the breadth and scope of our enormous body of tax law. I also never fail to be amazed and amused by all of the odd, even thigh-slappingly funny, provisions that have wormed themselves into our federal tax law. Here are a few Internal Revenue Code oddities.

Communist exemption

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Music Festivals
4:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Summer Rocks" Bill Rolls To Mayor Slay

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign a measure bringing two music festivals the size of Lollapalooza to St. Louis.
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Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day  weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.

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Kansas City Area Shootings
11:05 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Overland Park Shooting Suspect Had History Of Anti-Semitism

Visitors leaving the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., as police investigate.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Johnson County District Attorney said Monday that Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as F. Glenn Miller, could be charged with murder as early as Tuesday. In addition to state charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Cross could also face federal hate crimes charges, but those will be taken to a grand jury. Authorities said that their investigation was focused on Cross and they were not seeking any other suspects.

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On the Trail
11:20 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Five Questions To Ask In Legislative Session's Waning Weeks

With about a month left before legislators adjourn, some key story lines still haven't reached a conclusion.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

With roughly a month left to go before adjournment, many of the Missouri General Assembly’s big issues remain unresolved.  

That’s not too surprising. Big-ticket legislation often passes – or dies -- in the last weeks of the session. With about a month to go before the final gavel falls, legislation dealing with tax cuts, the state’s criminal code and the student transfer situation are all still up in the air.

The resolution of some conflicts could hinge on unity from Republicans who control the legislature, while others may fall along less predictable fault lines. 

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Washington University
11:19 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Washington University Student Protest Continues

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Monday marks the seventh day that a group of students at Washington University has conducted a sit-in on campus to protest the school’s relationship with Peabody Energy.

The coal company’s president and CEO, Greg Boyce, sits on the university’s board of trustees. Peabody and other companies help fund research at the college’s Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization.

Student Jamal Sadrud-Din says Peabody’s activities harm both the environment and vulnerable communities.

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Criminal Code
4:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Nixon Expresses Caution About Criminal Code Overhaul

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to students on Friday at Timberland High School in Wentzville. Nixon is expressing caution about signing a wholesale revision of the state's criminal code.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon says he's wary about signing a wholesale revision of the state’s criminal code. 

For the past few years, the state’s legal community has made overhauling the code a major priority. The legislation being considered by the Missouri General Assembly reassesses punishments for certain crimes, including eliminating jail time for some misdemeanors. 

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Week In Perspective
11:08 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rundown: Accounting For Success In School

Roosevelt High School senior Caleb Branch says its not unusual for students to drop the clinic to say hello. "It’s like having a family inside a school," he says.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

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Making the grade

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