Politics & Issues

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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Veterans Administration
6:41 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans

Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill
Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is releasing the latest results of a survey of Missouri military veterans who have received care at Veterans Administration’s facilities around the state, including Cochran and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

While not disclosing any details, McCaskill told reporters Tuesday that “every year we’ve done it, the VA has done a little better. I’m particularly pleased this year because we’ve had even more responses this year than we had last year.”

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Death Penalty
4:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Missouri Halt Execution

Credit California Department of Corrections

Updated 5/21/14 6:35 pm

Missouri had hoped to carry out the nation's first execution since Oklahoma botched one, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the state to halt its plans.

The U.S. Supreme Court was asked to step in after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals removed a stay that it originally put in place.

Russell Bucklew had been scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. It would have been the state's seventh execution in as many months — equaling the number of executions the state has carried out in the preceding nine years.

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Korean Ferry Disaster
4:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ferry Disaster Hits Close To Home For St. Louis Korean Community

Demonstrators from St. Louis' Korean community handed out fliers on Lagoon Dr. of Forrest Park on Sunday.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Dozens of Korean protestors demonstrated in Forest Park Sunday, wearing black to mourn the victims of last month's ferry disaster in South Korea, which killed more than 300 students and others.

They also called for an investigation into the  South Korean government's mishandled rescue attempts. Their anger and frustration, which has been growing among the Korean communities worldwide, came shortly before South Korea's president announced she will disband the country's Coast Guard over its response to the tragedy.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:03 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

2014 Missouri Legislative Session Recap Discussion

With the 2014 Missouri legislative session at an end, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Dale Singer and Marshall Griffin discussed the results with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Terry Jones.

The first topic of discussion was the tax cut bill. Nixon vetoed the bill, but was overridden by the Republican-led state house and senate.

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2016 Election
1:31 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Luetkemeyer Getting Strong Encouragement To Jump Into GOP 2016 Field For Governor

Blaine Luetkemeyer
Credit Congressional office

Missouri’s Republican field for governor in 2016 may be about to get more crowded, as some party activists are urging U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, to enter the race.

If he were to jump in, Luetkemeyer would face former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, a Republican from west St. Louis County who already has declared her candidacy, and possibly state Auditor Tom Schweich, a St. Louis native who is running for re-election this fall with no major opposition.

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On The Trail
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

We Asked Five Questions About Missouri's Legislative Session; Here Are The Answers

This year's legislative session is in the books. But it's possible that a veto of the school transfer bill could put this year's session in to overtime.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Few could accuse the Missouri General Assembly of languishing during its last few days of session.

In fact, the legislature’s last dash was something of a whirlwind: It featured fierce debates over bills about student transfers and abortion restrictions. Lawmakers also sent proposals on a transportation tax and early voting procedures to the November ballot. Other efforts fizzled out, including last-minute pushes to expand and reconfigure the state’s Medicaid system.

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