Politics & Issues

St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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Primary Election 2014
10:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis License Collector Race Flies Under The Radar

The Democratic primary for St. Louis license collector pits incumbent Mavis Thompson against challenge Jeffrey Boyd.
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In August, two Democrats will meet in a relatively low-key primary to head an office that oversees between $50 million and $60 million each year. St. Louis' license collector is charged with collecting several taxes and issuing business licenses.

Two Democrats are vying for the office. The winner in the Aug. 5 primary will take on the Green Party candidate in November.

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Primary Election 2014
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Ad On Controversial Oakville Project, Dooley Hopes To Appeal To Senior Voters

This rendering shows what the National Church Residences facility in Oakville will look like after construction is complete.
Credit National Church Residences

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s latest attack ad focuses on a divisive south St. Louis County housing complex for the elderly. The ad is an attempt to attack Dooley's Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger, and also appeal to elderly voters.

If history repeats itself, the elderly will be among the largest voting blocs in the Aug. 5 primary.

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Primary Election 2014
2:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Candidates Agree To Appear On 'St. Louis On The Air'

Before you step up to a voting machine in the Aug. 5 primary election, what do you need to know to help you decide who will get your vote to become your party's nominee for St. Louis County executive?
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What issues are most important to you, ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election? What might prompt you to vote for a particular candidate?

"St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh is preparing to interview the candidates who are running for St. Louis County executive, in the contested races in the Democratic and Republican primaries, and we invite you to share questions you would like Marsh ask the them.

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VFW Convention
1:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Biden Defends Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq, Afghanistan

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the VFW convention downtown.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Vice President Joe Biden today lauded the nation’s military veterans who have fought battles overseas, but he made clear that there’s a limit to what the United States’ military can do.

“It’s time for those we liberated to stand up and put themselves together,” Biden said at the end of a lengthy speech to about 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered in St. Louis at the America's Center convention hall downtown.

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On The Trail
9:37 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of bills this session. But some of those objections could be overridden by the GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)

Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he can outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation. 

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Primary Election 2014
9:31 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.
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Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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Primary Election 2014
9:20 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Contenders Embrace Mantra Of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

St. Louis County Government Center

According to the latest U.S. census figures, St. Louis County is home to close to 30,000 non-farm-related businesses – about one-fifth of Missouri’s total -- that employ at least 546,000 people.

Add in one-person firms, such as real estate agents or solo-practice lawyers, and the number of county businesses swells to roughly 80,000.

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Politics & Issues
4:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters

Police Chief Sam Dotson is joined by a crowd as he marches to the new SLMPD headquarters Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.

Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.

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Defense
9:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Durbin, McCaskill Call For Tougher Actions Against Russia In Wake of Airliner Crash

Dick Durbin
Credit File photo

For U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more sanctions against Russia aren’t enough to demonstrate the United States’ fury over Thursday’s crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

The plane is believed to have been hit by a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

Durbin and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., both believe that the bulk of the blame lies with “Putin’s effort to destabilize the Ukraine,’’ as Durbin put it.

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