Politics & Issues

Death Penalty
10:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

How Missouri Got Ahold Of Its Backup Execution Drug

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

When Missouri's execution drug supplier backed out after facing a lawsuit, the state found another pharmacy willing to sell it pentobarbital. But if that proved impossible, Missouri also had another option: It could use its controversial backup drug, midazolam.

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What Is St. Louis
10:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

St. Louis In Photos: Then And Now

Photo illustration of two women crossing the street at 6th and Locust, on the right, in 1940 and on the left in 2014.
Credit Left photo: Brian Villa | for St. Louis Public Radio; right photo: Richard Moore | provided by the Missouri History Museum

Do you have an old family photo that you'd like to recreate? Try it and send the old and new results to us.

Have you wondered what an area looked like years ago? Maybe the spot was totally different, such as 4th and Market. Maybe it has been lovingly maintained, as in the DeMenil Mansion.

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Foreign Policy
9:54 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine

From left: Sarah Palin, Cindy and John McCain
Credit Rachael Dickson | Wikipedia

Sarah Palin has profoundly influenced my view of politics. She persuaded me, for instance, to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.

Before her introduction as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, I’d thought the resume of the first-term, junior senator from Illinois was a bit thin for the Oval Office and his vision for the nation’s future seemed disturbingly vague. The prospect of Sarah sitting a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes, however, convinced me that it was indeed time for change…

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois

Credit Wikipedia

Same-sex couples in Missouri may not want to rush across the river to tie the knot.

Even though some counties in Illinois are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, says marriage licenses granted to two men or two women from Missouri may not prove valid.

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Tax Cuts
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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Obituary
10:40 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Norman S. London: Attorney To The Rich,The Famous And The Downtrodden

Norman S. London
Credit Provided by the family

Norm London, as he was wont to introduce himself, was a criminal attorney who represented the powerful and the powerless with equal vigor. For 40 years, he defended some of the area’s most famous and infamous citizens before taking his formidable reputation to the federal Public Defender’s Office in St. Louis.

“The legal representation in our office is on par with anything you could go out and buy,” said Lee T. Lawless, who succeeded Mr. London as federal defender. “His name being associated with this office got that message across.”

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Economic development
9:24 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

The Mo. House
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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Politically Speaking
9:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Politically Speaking: Treasurer Zweifel On Tax Credits, Military Matters And Political Futures

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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Politics & Issues
9:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Political Rundown: Getting Power -- And Keeping It

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. This week's topics touch on political power -- how to get it and how to keep it.

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Missouri Budget
5:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri General Revenue Shoots Up In February, Prompting Governor's Release Of Withheld Money

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to release $132 million withheld from the current budget was influenced, in part, by the rosier state revenue collections in February, his budget chief says.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced Tuesday that net general revenue collections for February shot up 17.3 percent ($69 million), compared to February 2013.   That strong showing follows several months of less-than-stellar revenue numbers, particularly in January.

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