Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
11:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Rundown: D-Day Vets, Road Bumps And Our Town In Pictures

Richard Gibbler of Jefferson City is a veteran of D-Day.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.

Day to remember

Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe

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14 charged
6:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton with Bradley Hart (Illinois inspector general for health care and family services) and Stephen Swofford (Illinois attorney general's office).
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

The Department of Justice is charging 14 people with Medicaid fraud in Illinois.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, said over the past few years, dozens of people have fleeced a Medicaid program that pays personal assistants to help disabled or sick Medicaid recipients live at home. The intention is to save the state money by keeping people in their homes and out of costly institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes.

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Primary Election 2014
11:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Stenger Begins TV Ad Campaign By Attacking Dooley's Record

Steve Stenger (left) and Charlie Dooley
Credit candidate photos

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has launched  his first TV ads in the already combative Aug. 5 Democratic contest for St. Louis County Executive.

And in a break from the usual campaign protocol, Stenger has gone immediately on the attack.

Both of his two 30-second ads aim directly at Democratic incumbent Charlie Dooley and two of the hottest controversies plaguing his administration: FBI investigations and a 2011 plan to cut the county’s parks budget.

One of the ads features County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who calls for Dooley’s defeat.

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6:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends

Chief Sam Dotson (in white) listens to James Clark from Better Family Life before the start of a hot spot patrol in Wells-Goodfellow on May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police said last month’s decision to dedicate additional resources to the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city's northwest side is paying off.

Since designating the area as a "hot spot," police have made nearly 90 arrests. Some were for probation and parole violations, others for crimes in progress. They also pulled 20 guns off the street during the 10-day period.

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Presidential Elections
2:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Missouri's Longstanding Dispute Over Presidential Primaries May Be Resolved

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Missouri’s chaotic history with presidential primaries may finally be settled, now that Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a measure that sets the state’s presidential primary date in March.

Under the new law, Missouri’s once-every-four-years primary would be held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday. In 2016, that date would be March 15 – the first day allowed by the two national political parties without incurring penalties.

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Death Penalty
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy

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In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.

Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.

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Missouri Budget
1:05 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Missouri's May Income Decline Foreshadows Likely Nixon Cuts

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After a second straight month of declining state income, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is considering sizable budget cuts or withholdings for the coming fiscal year that begins July 1.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering chose her words carefully, but acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that May’s poor financial showing is “one piece of information that affect these decisions’’ that the governor soon must make as he reviews the budget crafted by the General Assembly and now awaiting his action.

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St. Louis County Council
11:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Election Year Tensions Boil Over During St. Louis County Council Meeting

Members of the St. Louis County Council were at odds on Tuesday over minority participation legislation.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council melted down on Tuesday during consideration of minority participation legislation. 

It was the latest sign of boiling election year tensions between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the council aligned with Councilman Steve Stenger, a fellow Democrat vying for county executive.

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Ballot Measures
9:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the "right-to-farm" constitutional amendment in Jefferson City.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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2014 Elections
2:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals

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(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 3)

Within minutes after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted the decision as a “unprecedented power grab.”

Blunt followed through on Tuesday by co-sponsoring a bill, called the “Coal Country Protection Act,’’ that would allow carbon-emissions limits to go into effect only if other federal agencies could guarantee that no jobs would be lost, electricity rates wouldn’t go up, and the nation’s economy wouldn’t be hurt.

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