Politics & Issues

Take Back St. Louis
4:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Judge Permanently Blocks Ballot Vote On Anti-Peabody Initiative

Supporters of a ballot measure that would limit who can receive tax breaks in the city of St. Louis drop off signatures on July 31, 2014. A judge has permanently blocked a voted on the measure.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with additional comments from Take Back St. Louis, Mayor Francis Slay, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

A St. Louis Circuit judge has permanently blocked a ballot measure that would have allowed voters to put restrictions on which companies could receive tax incentives.

Judge Robert Dierker ruled on Tuesday that the Take Back St. Louis initiative was "illegal and void on its face" because it conflicts with Missouri laws governing tax increment financing and special business districts. 

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On the Trail
1:04 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

McCaskill And Nixon May Sing Different Tunes On Transportation Tax

Gov. Jay Nixon isn't exactly chomping at the bit to support a sales tax increase for transportation projects.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When it comes to a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to pay for transportation projects, two of Missouri’s top Democratic officials appear to be on opposing sides of the fence.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill favors the proposal, which – if approved by voters in August – would enact a 10-year, 0.75 percent sales tax for transportation projects. And even though he’s sent signals that he opposes the proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding statements about the tax increase for now.

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Memorial Day 2014
5:55 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

St. Louis Group Plans Memory Wall To Honor Missourians Killed In Iraq And Afghanistan

Sgt. Amanda Pinson
Credit Provided by the family

Several days before Army Sgt. Amanda Pinson of Lemay deployed to Iraq, she visited with her cousin Jennifer Jerome.

They chatted about many things, but Jerome says one comment stands out in her mind from that conversation: “Amanda said, ‘If something were to happen, what if people forget me?’ ’’

Jerome assured Pinson that nothing would happen, but she also made a promise.

“I told her, ‘I will never let anyone forget you.' ’’

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Agriculture
10:30 am
Sun May 25, 2014

GMO Critics Protest At Monsanto Headquarters

Protesters demonstrate outside Monsanto headquarters on May 24, 2014.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside Monsanto’s corporate headquarters in Creve Coeur Saturday.

They called for the agriculture biotech company to end practices they say are harmful to the environment and abusive of the rights of farmers. That includes Monsanto’s development and control of genetically modified, or GMO, crops.

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2014 Elections
3:59 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Proposed Transportation Tax To Join Pro-Gun And 'Pro-Farm' Proposals on August Ballot

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Missouri’s proposed transportation sales tax could face another hurdle, as a result of Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to place the measure on the August primary ballot – along with several conservative ballot measures aimed at enticing gun-rights and rural voters to the polls.

Rural voters are believed to be the least enamored of the transportation proposal, which would increase the state’s sales tax rate by three-fourths of a cent for 10 years to finance improvements to highways, bridges and urban transit systems.

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Politics & Issues
11:39 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Rundown: RIP Normandy School District -- and 2014 Legislative Session

Seniors graduated Thursday night from Normandy High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd, 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.

RIP Normandy

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Veterans Administration
4:26 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down

Ann Wagner
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/ United States Department of State)

The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of  U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.

Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.  Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”

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St. Louis County Council
4:24 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

St. Louis County Council Considers Minority Participation Legislation

The St. Louis County Council is considering several bills aimed at increasing minority participation for county projects. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, center, is supporting Councilwoman Hazel Erby's legislation.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Council is considering a series of bills aimed at giving minorities and women more opportunities to work on county projects. 

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, introduced several bills on Tuesday aimed at increasing minority participation on certain projects. The bills have the support of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

What Are The Legal Issues With Lyft, Missouri Executions And Francine Katz?

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

Wednesday marked the fourth day of the Lyft hearing in downtown St. Louis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) sees the ride-sharing app as a taxi service, and wants Lyft to comply with existing regulations. But Lyft says it is a “friend with a car,” not a taxi. Who has the stronger legal argument?

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Politically Speaking
10:33 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Politically Speaking: Rep. Smith Details Opposition To Transfer Bill

Rep. Clem Smith, D-Velda Village Hills
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

This week, St. Louis Public Radio's state Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin joins Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to talk with state Rep. Clem Smith.

The Velda Village Hills Democrat represents a number of small municipalities in St. Louis County, including most of the cities within the embattled Normandy School District. 

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