Politics & Issues

Ag disaster
12:56 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Nixon calls for 'flash grazing' for Mo. livestock owners

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has called on the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission to allow livestock farmers to let their herds flash graze temporarily in so-called “exclusion areas.”

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Missouri Supreme Court
12:22 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

One of these people could be Missouri's next Supreme Court judge

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. vacates the Missouri Supreme Court effective Aug. 1, so someone will need to replace him.

Today, the the Appellate Judicial Commission released the names and demographic information of those vying for the position. 

Interviews will begin Oct. 10, and from these 18 applicants, the Commission will select three people to recommend to Gov. Nixon. The public is allowed to view the interviews in October.

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Energy efficiency plan
7:52 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Ameren Missouri discusses efficiency plan w/ Mo. PSC

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Public Service Commission heard details Monday on Ameren Missouri’s proposed efficiency plan.

The proposal is designed to promote energy efficiency while still allowing the St. Louis-based utility to earn a profit.  It has an estimated price tag of $145 million and it would be paid by the utility’s customers, whose residential bills on average would be about $3 a month higher.  But Ameren Missouri’s Warren Wood says if approved, customers would save money in the long run.

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Election 2012
5:48 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Nixon adds $2.1 million to campaign chest

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon in St. Louis on Jan. 24, 2011.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election war chest continues to grow, according to new figures released today.

Nixon raised $2.1 million between April and June, and had over $7.6 million in his account as of July first.  His campaign calls it his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and says his bank account is twice the size it was around this time in July 2008.

The Democrat from DeSoto will face the winner of the August 7th Republican primary.

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Missouri Elk
6:14 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Elk herd "doing well" after first year in Missouri

In the fall, male elk bugle and fight to attract females. A bull can weigh as much as 1,100 pounds.

Missouri’s elk population appears to be settling into their new home state, according to state conservation officials.

Dr. Joseph Millspaugh of the University of Missouri -- Columbia updated the Missouri Conservation Commission today on the state’s elk herd, which he says seems to be doing well.

“(We have) evidence of survival rates (and) reproductive rates that are average to high," Millspaugh said.  "We see diet quality certainly within the range of what we would expect.”

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Politics
4:18 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Clay critical of Carnahan as congressional primary nears

William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Training Center in St. Louis on July 13, 2012.
via Clay campaign

Updated 4:35 p.m. with Carnahan response

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay continues to hurl a number of criticisms at Congressman Russ Carnahan, as they vie for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District.

During a press conference Friday at the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Training Center in south St. Louis, the Democratic incumbent accused Carnahan of selling out workers by voting for the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

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Contraceptive coverage
11:05 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes contraception coverage bill

(via Flickr/brains the head)

Updated 5:06 p.m. with comments from Mo. House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller and from Planned Parenthood.

Updated 12:38 p.m. with response from Archdiocese of St. Louis

Updated 11:58 a.m. with full remarks from Nixon.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed a bill designed to thwart President Obama’s contraceptive mandate in Missouri.

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Legislative Scholarships
11:34 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Political perk of legislative scholarships ends for Ill. lawmakers

The interior of the dome of the Illinois Capitol building.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perk - the ability to award college scholarships.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting any payment.

Over the years, legislators have given waivers to the children of friends, campaign donors and political allies.

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Election 2012
3:24 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Mo. GOP Senate candidates Akin, Brunner, Steelman made late tax payments

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill garnered some unwanted attention last year when she paid about $320,000 in overdue taxes and penalties on an airplane. As it turns out, her three leading Republican opponents also have paid penalties for late taxes.

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Bills Signed into Law
2:19 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Intentionally disturbing worship service now a crime in Mo., other laws signed

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Under a new Missouri law, it is a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt a house of worship.
(via Flickr/kat93117)

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law more than two dozen bills covering a variety of topics, including disturbances of worship services, workers' compensation and child care providers.

The governor's office announced the bill signings Tuesday. One measure makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt or interrupt a worship service with profanity, noise or indecent behavior. Violators could face fines of up to $500 and six months in jail.

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