Politics & Issues

Pinhook, Mo.
10:10 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Buyout Moving Ahead For Bootheel Village Destroyed After Corps Blew Levee In 2011

The homes of Pinhook, Mo., were destroyed in May 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a Mississippi River levee and unleashed a torrent of floodwater.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon

Residents of a tiny village in Missouri’s Bootheel hope this will be the last Christmas they spend waiting for a federal buyout of their homes that were destroyed in May 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee to alleviate flooding along the Mississippi River.

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On the Trail
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding

Credit via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.

But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.

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Urban League
11:28 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Despite Federal Cutbacks, Urban League Director Sees Opportunities

Opal Jones, CEO of Doorways, was among well-wishers at a recent community reception for local Urban League CEO Michael McMillan. Doorways provides housing and other services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Credit Robert Joiner

Five months after settling in as the new CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Michael McMillan has been busy putting his imprint on the community service and civil rights organization. It’s a big responsibility, given the accomplishments of his predecessor, James Buford, who built the local group into the most successful affiliate of the National Urban League.

With a $23 million annual budget, the organization offers a range of services, from job training to utility assistance, to about 60,000 people.

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Politics & Issues
11:22 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Nixon Makes Christmas Eve 'Gift' By Releasing $40 Million For Spending

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

In a spirit of Christmas Eve,  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that he was releasing about $40.1 million in withheld budget allocations for a variety of projects – most notably $18 million for repairs and improvements to the state Capitol building and $5 million for projects at Missouri state parks.

Another $38 million, sought by legislative leaders to buy a new office building, remains withheld.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

On The Trail: New Block Grant Process Shifted Power, Stirred Tensions

Credit via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

When St. Louis changed how it divided out community development block grants, it marked a major sea change in how St. Louis government functions -- shifting power toward the mayor's administrative umbrella and away from individual aldermen.

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Politics & Issues
3:42 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Kinder, Black Caucus Up Ante In Low-Income Housing Fight With Nixon

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (tan suit) join other low-income housing supporters at news conference to blast Gov. Jay Nixon.
Credit Jo Mannies

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, chair of the Missouri General Assembly’s Black Caucus, is threatening to block Senate action on several of Gov. Jay Nixon’s key appointments because of the governor’s action to delay state tax breaks for several low-income housing projects.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, joined Nasheed and several St. Louis officials at a news conference Monday to attack the governor’s participation in a deal to defuse Republican filibuster threats during the recent special legislative session in which tax breaks were approved for Boeing Co.

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Politics & Issues
2:03 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Politically Speaking: Alderman Ogilvie On Complete Streets, Donation Limits and Transportation Taxes

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. 

On this holiday edition of the podcast, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie, I-24th Ward to the show. Chris McDaniel is on assignment this week.

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Politics & Issues
5:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Commentary: A Good Problem To Have: City Needs Better Planning To Keep Up With Central Corridor

Recently St. Louisans heard the news: we’re getting IKEA.  Well, we’re getting an IKEA that will occupy a big concrete box with 700 parking spaces and a handful of trees around it.

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Politics & Issues
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Missourians Taking Advantage Of New Online Voter Registration Tool

Secretary of State Jason Kander
Credit (Mo. Sec. Of State website)

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reports that 193 people had signed up in the first 24 hours after his office launched a new online voter-registration service.

The online tool, unveiled Thursday, allows Missouri residents to fill out a voter registration form online at the secretary of state’s website,  www.sos.mo.gov/votemissouri.

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National Politics
12:03 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

President Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up'

President Barack Obama.
(Screen capture/WhiteHouse.gov video)

Updated 2:38 p.m. This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held a press conference this afternoon covering a variety of issues, including on the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Obama said about the rollout, "I'm in charge. We screwed it up." For a full recap, see NPR's live blog.

We broadcast the press conference live on our air at 1 p.m. CT. 

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