Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
10:29 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Rundown: St. Louis' Past Lives And Current Dilemmas

Take a trip down Memory Lane with St. Louis Then and Now.
Left photo: Brian Villa | for St. Louis Public Radio; right photo: Richard Moore | provided by the Missouri History Museum

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 of the week.

Down Memory Lane

It's always fun to take a photographic stroll down Memory Lane, especially when the photos show, as these do, dramatic shifts over time.

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Elections
10:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Municipal, School Board Elections Among Matters At Stake In April 8 Election

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

(Updated 10:45 a.m., Mon., March 10 with filing of Jayson Thornton in Kirkwood.)

A longstanding contract dispute between the union representing University City firefighters and some city officials could influence that city’s April 8 election of new council members.

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Tax Credits
8:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Angel Investment' Tax Credit

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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Tax Credits
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Sends Tax Credit Overhaul To Senate; Would Cut Preservation, Housing

Rep. Anne Zerr, R-St. Charles, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Jackson County and Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, speak to the press.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday curtailing two of the state’s largest tax credit programs. 

State Rep. Anne Zerr’s bill would reduce the historic preservation tax credit’s cap to $90 million from $140 million. That program helps refurbish older buildings and has been used extensively throughout St. Louis.

The bill would also gradually reduce the cap on the tax credit for low-income housing to $110 million from $140 million. That credit provides an incentive for developers to build housing for the working poor, elderly and disabled.

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Missouri budget
4:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Passes Supplemental Budget; Includes $5M For Normandy Schools

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Missouri House has passed a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year.

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Politics & Issues
4:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Koster's Egg Suit Against California Gets Cracking, Now Has Five Allied States

Credit Wikipedia

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s effort to protect Missouri's egg producers from stiffer California mandates is getting support from five states that have joined Missouri’s suit.

The five states are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Iowa. Combined with Missouri, the six states “produce more than 20 billion eggs per year, 10 percent of which are sold to California consumers,” Koster’s staff said.

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Congress
3:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Chain Of Command To Be Kept Involved In Military Sexual Assault Cases

Sen. Claire McCaskill
Credit via Senate livestream.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill,D-Mo., arguably won her most significant victory since her 2012 re-election with Thursday’s Senate vote in favor of her approach to fighting sexual assaults in the military.

Most significantly, her approach would keep sexual assault cases within the military chain of command, although she would restrict commanders’ powers to overturn jury verdicts in sexual assault cases and bar commanders from substituting lesser charges.

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civil rights act
2:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis

Frankie Muse Freeman
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

St. Louis attorney Frankie Muse Freeman helped to set the tone Wednesday when she summed up what it meant to be a young civil rights activist during the '60s.

“We were all branded troublemakers,” she said, “and I’m proud of that.”

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Politics & Issues
12:05 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

President Obama Makes Statement On Ukraine

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama made a statement on the situation in Ukraine.

Earlier today, NPR's The Two Way provided context of the current state of the unrest there.

Watch live video of the statement here:

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Abortion
2:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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