Politics & Issues

Death Penalty
9:15 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into State's Execution Method

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Updated 1/14/14 4:43 pm with news of scheduled hearing and Speaker Tim Jones' response.

Several state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how the Missouri Department of Corrections has carried out executions in the previous months.

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Initiative petitions
9:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot

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As soon as the snow melts, Missourians may find themselves confronting a horde of people stopping them outside stores, on the streets or at their front doors.

The object: to get their signatures on petitions that would put a variety of issues – such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure – on the August or November ballot.

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Gridlock
9:10 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Commentary: Is It Time To Question The Very Structure Of Government

Credit Wikipedia

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times dealt with the frozen gridlocked government in Washington, D.C.  This gridlock prevents the enactment of new programs or the adaptation of existing ones.

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Missouri Military Installations
6:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nixon Announces Partnership To Protect And Enhance Military Presence In Missouri

A Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.
Mo. National Guard

Gov. Jay Nixonhas issued an executive order designed to help prevent military bases in Missouri from being closed or downsized.

The order creates a partnership between state and local officials and business leaders. The goal is for those groups to examine ways to keep and expand the nation's military presence in Missouri.

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Politics & Issues
12:21 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Nasheed Steps Down As Head Of Missouri Legislative Black Caucus

Jamilah Nasheed
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House of Representatives

(Updated 4:16 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10)

Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis,  has unexpectedly resigned as chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus after touching off some political discord  when she appeared at a recent news conference with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican.

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Commentary
9:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Editor's Weekly: How Missouri's Legislature Is Like A Snowstorm

Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson City
Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Two topics dominated St. Louisans' news this week -- unusual cold and snow returned to our region and Missouri legislators returned to Jefferson City.

It would be snarky to ask which poses the greater threat to public welfare. Yet as the bad weather rolled out and the legislators rolled in, I couldn't help but notice certain parallels in the way we think about these natural and political phenomena.

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Weather
7:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Public Angst Prompts St. Louis City To Plow Side Streets

Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement after widespread criticism regarding the city's efforts to clear its streets after Sunday's snowstorm.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 4:58 p.m. 1/10/13 with map of plow requests.

For the first time in recent memory, the city of St. Louis is plowing its residential streets. 

It’s a policy shift that came amid widespread complaints that the city did an inadequate job of cleaning up after Sunday’s snowstorm. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Missouri Still Has A Justice Gap Say St. Louis Attorneys Who Serve The Poor

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When people of means encounter injustice or are accused of crimes, they hire an attorney to represent them in a court of law. But for people living in poverty, their choices are more limited.

If it’s a criminal case, a defendant will be assigned a public defender. If it’s a civil case, the individual can apply for aid with their local branch of legal services. But despite these options, low-income people are at a disadvantage in the American justice system, say St. Louis attorneys who serve the poor.

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2014 Mo. Session
4:49 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board

Former Mo. State Rep. Dennis Fowler (R, Advance), has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to fill a seat on the State Board of Probation and Parole.
Mo. House

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice to fill a vacancy on the state Board of Probation and Parole.

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Politics & Issues
10:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Conservatives File Suit Against Nixon's Order Regarding Same-Sex Couples' Tax Filings

Jay Nixon
Credit Marshall Griffin, KWMU

(Updated 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9)

Four prominent conservatives, including former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, have filed suit challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent executive order to allow same-sex couples who have married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri.

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