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Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

U.S. Senate Approves Budget Deal, Sends It To White House

With Senate vote, Congress has approved compromise budget
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As expected, the U.S. Senate has approved the compromise budget deal and sent it on to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.

The final Senate vote was 64-36.  U. S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was among only three Republicans who had voted on Tuesday in favor of allowing the final vote – but then voted against the budget deal.

Blunt earlier had said he had  objections to the compromise’s provisions, including cuts in some veterans’ pensions and reduced payments to Medicare providers, including physicians.

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St. Louis County Council
5:20 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

As St. Louis County Finalizes 2014 Budget, McCulloch's Office Gets Funding Boost

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch
Credit Courtesy of Bob McCulloch's office

The St. Louis County Council gave final approval to its 2014 budget, keeping most of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s recommendations.

But the council did make funding changes at the request of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Some money will go to adding staffers for a diversion program aimed at keeping first-time offenders out of prison.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Illinois Representative Bill Enyart Discusses Budget Deal, Farm Bill, Scott AFB, More

Represenative Bill Enyart
(WikepediaCommons)

In the wake of the U.S. House vote on the federal budget, and looking ahead to the delayed vote for the Farm Bill and the future defense budget, Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart (D - Belleville) spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh yesterday by phone.

Here's what he had to say on a few subjects.

On his vote for the 2014 budget proposal, which passed in the House December 12.

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Politics & Issues
8:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Illinois Bill Takes Aim At 'Knockout' Game

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A state representative in the Metro East wants to stiffen the punishment for random assaults often referred to as the 'knockout' game. The so-called 'game' involves punching an unsuspecting person in the head with the goal of rendering them unconscious.

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TANF
5:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

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A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.

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Politics & Issues
12:34 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Blunt To Oppose Final Passage Of Budget Deal

Sen. Roy Blunt will oppose the two-year budget deal.
Credit (via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has announced that he’s voting against the compromise budget deal, despite his comments a few days ago in which he urged U.S. House members to ignore conservative groups’ calls to defeat the measure.

Blunt telegraphed his intentions Tuesday morning via Twitter: "There’s no reason to block an up or down vote on the budget agreement, but I will vote NO on final passage."

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Politics & Issues
4:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Rand Paul To Headline Major Missouri Republican Gathering

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
via Flickr/jbouie

The biggest annual event for Missouri Republicans is more than two months away, but party leaders were eager to announce Monday that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will be the marquee speaker at the state GOP’s Lincoln Days festivities Feb. 21-23.

The weekend gathering, which attracts hundreds of party activists, will be held in Springfield, Mo.  The event rotates among the state’s three largest cities; last year’s Lincoln Days was in St. Louis.  The event usually attracts most of the state's major Republican officials, activists, potential candidates and donors.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Intersections Of Religion, Law And Health Care

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Do corporations have the same religious rights as individuals? If so, what size of corporation can be considered and what sort of sincerity threshold should they meet? And what about the potential conflict with an individual's right to health care?

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Politics & Issues
2:08 am
Sun December 15, 2013

National President Of Young Democrats Tours Missouri to Energize Young Voters

Atima Omara
Jo Mannies St. Louis Public Radio & The Beacon

Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America,  is in Missouri this weekend as part of her group’s efforts to avoid a replay of 2010 next year.

In 2010, Republicans made huge election gains, including in Missouri. Credit, or blame, went in part to a sharp decline in turnout among young voters, who as a bloc lean Democratic.

The under-30 age group played a significant role in 2008, when a strong Democratic turnout swept Barack Obama into the White House and resulted in Democrats capturing all but one statewide contest in Missouri.

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Politics & Issues
4:29 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Nixon Names State Senator To Head Missouri Department Of Labor

Missouri state Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City
(Missouri Senate website)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is reducing his party’s already-paltry numbers in the state Senate by nominating state Sen. Ryan McKenna to become the new director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Nixon’s action, announced Friday, also could have an impact on what’s already seen as among the most competitive state Senate contests in 2014.

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