Politics & Issues

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

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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

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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.
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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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Health Care
10:33 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kinder, GOP lawmakers challenge Mo. health care ballot summary

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) holds a press conference at Jefferson City Memorial Airport on his lawsuit against Sec. of State Robin Carnahan (D) regarding the language used for a ballot initiative on health care exchanges.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and GOP legislative leaders have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.

The language approved by Carnahan asks if the law should be amended to, “deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum.”  Kinder says the language skews the ballot question’s true purpose, to bar the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

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Roger Wilson
2:14 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Former Mo. Gov. Wilson sentenced to probation

Former MO Gov. Roger Wilson
Sydney Miller St. Louis Public Radio

Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson was sentenced to probation in federal court today for one count of misdemeanor campaign finance fraud.

Wilson pleaded guilty in April to accusations that from 2009-2010 he helped funnel $8,000 in campaign contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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Health Care
3:58 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo. House leader Tilley rejects call for special session on Medicaid expansion

Mo. House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville).
File photo

House Speaker Steven Tilley says there is no need for a special session to decide whether Missouri should opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

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Law
1:31 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

New Mo. sentencing laws could shorten time behind bars for nonviolent offenders

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could shorten the time some nonviolent offenders have to spend behind bars and on parole or probation.

The legislation enacted Friday allows nonviolent offenders on parole or probation to receive 30 days of credit toward their sentences for every month they go without a violation. It also allows 120-day "shock" jail sentences for felons who violate probation or parole for the first time, instead of returning them to prison to finish their original sentences.

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