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3:23 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Across The Region, Voters Voice Their Choices

In 2008, Terron Morris finally cast his vote in the tiny municipality of Velda City at 10 p.m. This year, his wait was much shorter.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Will be updated.

St. Louis Public Radio reporters went out around the city and county today, speaking to voters across the region. Here are some of the experiences they had:

Early problems, followed by smooth sailing

The long lines at St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Penrose neighborhood had disappeared by lunchtime.

Earlier in the day, more than 100 people walked away after poll workers did not have the book listing registered voters in one precinct.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heroin Addiction & Treatment In The St. Louis Area

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

The number of heroin deaths in St. Louis County has decreased in recent months when compared to recent years, however, use of and addiction to the drug in the St. Louis area has grown to epidemic proportions.

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Beyond November
12:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Early Observations Point To Strong Voter Turnout

A voting machine.
Credit (via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

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Early indications are that Missouri officials' prediction of a strong turnout for the election might be accurate.

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office is reporting there were long lines shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. today. The office is also receiving many phone calls from people checking their registration or verifying their polling places.

The Kappa House, a polling place in midtown St. Louis, had a steady stream of voters late this morning. 19-year-old Treniece Stockard was one of them. Among her concerns? Student loans.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:25 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day: An Early Take

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

It’s Election Day and while we won’t know the results until this evening, we take the beginning of our program to check in with reporters at several polling locations to see how the voting process is moving along.

Host Don Marsh talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach and Tri States Public Radio’s Jason Parrott about voting in St. Louis, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois.

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Beyond November
5:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Night With Beyond November

Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo. on Nov. 6, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Thank you for joining us for Election Day, and later, election night. Our live blog has concluded, but our coverage isn't over.

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Politics
2:17 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Akin Sees 'Fire And Enthusiasm' In Campaign

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin believes surging support will pull him through.

The Republican spent his final full day of campaigning on Monday by thanking supporters at several stops in the St. Louis area. In St. Peters, he told a couple of dozen volunteers that he sees what he called a "fire and enthusiasm" for his campaign to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill was making several stops around the state on Monday.

McCaskill says voters will have a choice between a moderate and an extremist when they cast ballots Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. U.S. Senate Candidate Claire McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

The race for U.S. Senate in Missouri between Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Congressman Todd Akin is close and has garnered national attention.

Recent polling data shows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads in Missouri, as does McCaskill over Akin, by a slim margin.

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Cigarette Tax
10:18 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B

Customers cross the state line from Illinois to take advantage of Missouri's lower cigarette prices at this Dirt Cheap store in South St. Louis.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax of any state in the country – and some of the highest smoking and lung cancer rates. A measure on tomorrow’s ballot – Proposition B – is aiming to change that.

While previous efforts to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax have failed, proponents of this increase are more optimistic.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates Running On Same Issue: Jobs

(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points: a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him. Some polls show St. Louis businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence within striking distance of the Governor. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.

Dave Spence owns a couple of plastics businesses. One of those businesses is Alpha Packaging.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Libertarian Veep Candidate Makes A Stop In St. Louis

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate Jim Gray speaks with supporters in St. Louis on Nov. 4, 2012.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate Jim Gray rolled up to a Soulard bar and grill in a white minivan with a few hundred signatures from supporters on its exterior.

Before talking with a dozen or so supporters, he said if you want to fix the system, how about just getting rid of most of it.

“And by the way, we’re Libertarians, and we do believe in government, but government is the last resort, not the first resort,” Gray said.

He said there are dramatic differences between Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson and the two major party candidates.

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