Politics & Issues

Summer Festivals
4:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

St. Louis Tourism Panel Approves Downtown Music Festival

Steve Stogel, the chair of DFC Group and a major local backer of the proposed festival, speaks just before the committee vote on March 12, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the hearing. Edited at 8:45 a.m. Thursday to correct typos.

After more than two days of debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen tourism committee approved plans for Lollapalooza-like festivals to be held in downtown St. Louis on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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Politics & Issues
9:31 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Political Rundown: Legislative Deals, Disabilities, Death

MIssouri legislature has plenty of controversial items on the agenda.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some pleasure to read.

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Firefighter Pensions
7:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Fate Of New Pension Plan For St. Louis City Firefighters Up To Court Of Appeals

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

The Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments today over whether or not the city of St. Louis' new pension plan for firefighters will hold. Officials say the plan will save St. Louis almost $4 million a year. The union representing the firefighters doesn't dispute the cost savings, but says the city had no right to pass the plan in the first place. 

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Tax Cuts/Tax Credits
11:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Changes Focus To Tax Credit Reform, Sparks GOP Fight

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Gov. Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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Firefighter Pensions
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Legal Battle Resumes Over Changes To Pensions For St. Louis City Firefighters

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Admiral riverboat on Jan. 21, 2012. The boat was being dismantled for scrap at the time.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow on whether the city of St. Louis had the right to make changes to the pension benefits it offers its firefighters.

In lobbying for the changes in 2012, Mayor Francis Slay cited the financial burden pensions were beginning to place on the city. Its budget for fiscal year 2013 included a $31 million contribution to the system, up from $23 million the year before.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Children's Book Illustrates The Influential Women Who Helped Found Our Nation

Courtesy HarperCollins

At the time of the American Revolution, married women in America were not even allowed to own property, let alone vote. Because women did not sign the Declaration of Independence, serve as generals in the war, or get elected to public office, they are not often mentioned in the history of the time.

But despite their lack of official roles, there were women who helped found our nation through their words and deeds, and through their association with the men who have become known as our Founding Fathers.

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On The Trail
9:40 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.

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biology
3:00 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Daylight Saving Time: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

Credit (via Flickr/the Italian voice)

If you’re feeling tired due to the daylight savings shift, you’re not alone. One researcher at Washington University says the time change may cause more problems than it solves.

Erik Herzog studies the biological clocks of mammals. He says several studies have shown that daylight saving is hard on us humans, especially the “spring ahead.” Effects like sleep deprivation result in increased traffic accidents for three days after the time change.

Herzog says the effect in the fall is the opposite – there are fewer traffic accidents – but that effect lasts only one day.

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Politics & Issues
12:25 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Missouri Democrats Solidly Against 'Right To Work,' Less So Regarding 'Right To Farm'

Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

HANNIBAL, Mo. --The banners, the stickers and the rhetoric at this weekend’s Democrat Days made one thing clear:

When it comes to “right to work,’’ Missouri Democratic activists and politicians are solidly against it. 

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Health Care
4:07 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Koster Calls On Democrats To Fight For Medicaid Expansion, Blasts GOP's 'Angry Stubbornness'

Credit File Photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster –  now running for governor -- dove straight into the health-care debate Saturday when he attacked his former Republican colleagues for opposing Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act was a Republican idea, for goodness sakes,” Koster declared. “They’re just pissed that we stole it.”

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