Politics & Issues

Same-sex Marriage
2:48 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) to accept jointly filed state income tax returns from same-sex married couples living in the Show-Me State.

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Politics
10:36 am
Thu November 14, 2013

President Obama Speaks On The Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Nov. 14, 2013.
(via White House video stream)

This event has concluded, thank you for joining us.

President Obama is addressed the nation this morning regarding the Affordable Care Act. Thanks for joining us live on-air at 90.7 FM and streaming online.

Lethal Injection
4:24 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

Updated 11/14/13 3:24 p.m.

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Medicaid
4:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mo. Sen. Medicaid Interim Cmte. Adopts Recommendations That Don't Include Expansion

The Mo. Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform meets on Nov. 13, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee examining the state's Medicaid system voted this afternoon to adopt a draft report that recommends using managed care companies to provide health coverage to more of Missouri's working poor.

The report also deliberately excludes recommendations to expand Medicaid.  State Senator and committee chair Gary Romine (R, Farmington) maintained that Medicaid must be reformed first.

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Politics
12:56 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Governor Nixon Seeks Moratorium In Business 'Border War' With Kansas

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for a moratorium with neighboring Kansas on efforts to lure companies across the border.

In a speech to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Nixon said economic incentives should be used to attract new businesses to the area rather than simply relocating ones already there. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has suggested a similar pact, though no formal agreement has been reached.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

McCaskill Says Insurance Cancellations Under Obamacare 'Inexcusable, Embarrassing'

Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
(WikepediaCommons)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said today that President Obama should’ve apologized to the millions of Americans whose health insurance was canceled because it failed to meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

“These problems are inexcusable, and it’s embarrassing,” McCaskill said. 

McCaskill’s comments follow remarks made yesterday by former President Bill Clinton, who said President Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the new insurance law. 

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Block Grants
4:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Give Preliminary Approval To Allocation Of Social Service Dollars

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Development and social service agencies are taking stock today after the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval to a measure that distributes more than $16 million in federal grants to agencies throughout the city.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It

MoDot

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.

However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.

MoDOT Director Dave Nichols says it would cost more than $70 Billion to fund all the suggestions they've received from Missouri residents, and that his agency is currently estimated to only have $17 billion available over the next 20 years.

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Politically Speaking
2:24 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Keaveny On The Prospect Of School Transfer Changes And Medicaid Expansion

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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

On this week's show, Mo. Senator Joe Keaveny joins us. Keaveny has been meeting with fellow senators on the school transfer situation, and fills us in on what preliminary changes could be possible. We also discuss the prospect of Medicaid expansion in this session or next, as well as what changes would have to be made to the program.

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Medicaid
6:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Barnes Presents 'Cost Estimates' Of Potential Mo. Medicaid Expansion

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City)
Mo. House Communications

The chair of a Missouri House interim committee on Medicaid has offered the beginnings of a potential plan to overhaul the system.

It includes expanding Medicaid coverage to around 225,000 adults while eliminating or reducing coverage for children and blind adults eligible for federally subsidized insurance policies.  State Representative Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) says the potential changes could save the state around $42 million by the time they're fully implemented.

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