Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
4:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Status Update: 2014 Missouri Legislative Session

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

With the 2014 Missouri legislative session nearing the halfway point, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies and Marshall Griffin to get the latest on the issues and bills being debated by state lawmakers.

Among the topics discussed were the state budget, the student transfer bill, the photo voter ID bills, and the impact of who is and who is not running for re-election.

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Obituary
7:54 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Rev. James F. DeClue: Headed Local NAACP, Worked For Employment

The Rev. James DeClue Jr.
Credit Undated Family Photo

In 1983, James DeClue beat James DeClue for the position of president of the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP. The Rev. James F. DeClue, a Baptist minister and corporate executive, led the city NAACP for much of the 1980s, despite a serious challenge from his cousin, the late Dr. James A. DeClue. The Rev. DeClue died last week at the age of 86.

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St. Louis County Council
5:59 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Ellisville Mayor Files For St. Louis County Council As Area Republicans Regroup

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who was at the center of a high-profile effort last year to oust him from office, is now seeking to be elected to a new job on the St. Louis County Council.

Paul filed Monday afternoon for the 7th District seat that’s now open, since longtime incumbent Greg Quinn announced that he wasn’t seeking re-election this fall.

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Illinois primary election
2:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Early Voting Opens For Illinois Primary

Early voting opened today for Illinois' March 18 primary.
File photo

Early voting opened Monday for the Illinois primary election on Tues., March 18. It extends through March 15. The top races on the Illinois primary ballot are for U.S. senator and governor. But many state legislative and judicial races are also on the ballot.

U.S. Senate race

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Missouri House
11:54 am
Mon March 3, 2014

State Rep. Ellinger, One of House's Most Outspoken Progressives, Stepping Down

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, has announced he's not seeking re-election.
Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, announced Monday that he’s withdrawing as a candidate for re-election. Ellinger is in his second term.

Ellinger, 72, cited health reasons. A consultant, Jim Ross, said that Ellinger has been undergoing medical tests for several weeks.

Ellinger has been one of the state Capitol’s most outspoken progressives. He has been at the forefront of several recent legislative battles over Medicaid expansion, tax credits and crime bills.

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On the Trail
8:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

As Dooley and Stenger Duke It Out, Zimmerman Seeks Quieter Re-Election Bid

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is running for his first full term as St. Louis County assessor, a bid likely to be overshadowed by a contentious Democratic primary for county executive.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

In some strange, alternate universe, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman would be running for a third term on the St. Louis County Council. 

Back in the mid-2000s, the Olivette Democrat seemed to be on a collision course with Barbara Fraser, a fellow Democrat, for the 5th District council seat. But the two agreed on a deal: Fraser would run for county council while Zimmerman would run for Fraser's spot in the Missouri House.

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City-County Merger
5:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Lugar: Combining Governments Can Bring New Life To Urban Communities

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, speaks on Friday at St. Louis University Law School. Lugar was the keynote speaker at a conference about merging St. Louis with St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Monday, March 3, 2014 to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar remembers a time when his home city was described by travel writers as “Indianapolis No Place.” 

When the Indiana Republican became mayor of Indianapolis in the 1960s, the city was mired in a “mediocre, flat situation.” He said it received “very little interest to anybody outside who was not involved parochially.”   

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Primary elections
4:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Republicans In Tizzy Over Nieves Possibly Leaving State Senate

State Sen. Brian Nieves has filed for re-election, but some wonder if he is planning on changing his mind.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

Until this week, most of the attention directed at state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has focused on his outspoken conservatism and his efforts to block some federal gun laws.

But now the chief question is whether Nieves is preparing to quit the state Capitol.

Nieves said in two text messages this week, the latest on Friday, that he’s not yet ready to discuss the situation -- but many others are.

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Concealed-carry permits
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Illinois Starts Mailing Approved Concealed-Carry Permits

Illinois started mailing out concealed-carry permits.
(via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Illinois' very first concealed-carry permits -- about 5,000 of them -- were mailed today, according to the Illinois state police, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune also reported that so far the state has received about 50,000 applications for a concealed-carry permit. It added that about 300 requests have been denied and 800 more are under review because of objections by law enforcement.

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Politics & Issues
1:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

The Rundown: Appreciating Our Town's Arts And Culture

St. Louis street names recall the city's French heritage.
Joseph Leahy / 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 of the week.

Our town: History...

As part of St. Louis' 250th birthday, we'll be looking at people, places and things throughout the year that are quintessentially St. Louis, or [sɛ̃ lwi].

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