Politics & Issues

Gay Marriage
3:03 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Opponents Seek Court Order to Block Same-Sex Couples Filing Joint Tax Returns

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With income tax filings already underway, opponents of same-sex marriage have gone to court to block Missouri same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns as allowed under Gov. Jay Nixon’s executive order.

The opponents, who include former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court to obtain a temporary restraining order to block the state from allowing the joint tax filings until the lawsuit is resolved.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:05 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty: Two Parallel Discussions

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With the recent run of executions in Missouri, it seemed apropos to review some of the arguments for and against the controversial subject of capital punishment. In two separate interviews, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh did just that.

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On the Trail
10:12 am
Wed March 26, 2014

For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust

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For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.

Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.

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Politics & Issues
10:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion

(l-r) Mo. Hosp. Assoc. CEO Herb Kuhn and Mo. Chamber CEO Dan Mehan discuss survey of hospitals with reporters on March 26, 2014.
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(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)

In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.

The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

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Politics & Issues
6:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Political Rundown: March Madness, Medicaid, Mandates -- And Mendacity

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the contraceptive mandate required by the Affordable Care Act and opposed by some businesses.
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Politics can be a 24/7 occupation, as anyone with a cell phone, computer or cable subscription knows. It's not hard to find political news, commentary or just plain rants. They are everywhere. Sometimes it takes a little more digging to find the context, perspective or background on major issues of the day.

Once a week, our political team would like to share stories that gave them insight into the news of the day or perhaps just some reading pleasure.

Contraceptives and the court

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Missouri Budget
2:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Death Penalty
12:14 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Inmate, Third This Year

At 12:01 Wednesday morning, Missouri executed inmate Jeffrey Ferguson, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.

Ferguson was put to death for the brutal murder and rape of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl. The crime occurred in 1989, and the victim’s father, Jim Hall, said the punishment was long overdue.

“It’s been 25 years of pins and needles," Hall said. "Every time the appeal went up, you waited to find out what happened. That’s exactly where we’ve been. But last month, he had an [execution] date and felt some of the fear that my daughter felt.”

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Politics & Issues
6:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Governor Names Area State Senator To Missouri Panel Overseeing Utilities

Scott Rupp
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated state Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, to a seat on the Missouri Public Service Commission, which oversees public utilities that operate in the state.

The five-person PSC is among the state’s most powerful agencies, and among the most lucrative for commission members, who each earn close to $100,000 a year. The commission also regulates Missouri’s mobile home, modular unit and recreational vehicle industries.

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2014 Mo. Legislative Session
6:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway. Leaders in both chambers and from both parties remain focused on crafting a state budget and on easing the burden of the state's student transfer law — but they remain divided on expanding Medicaid.

Medicaid expansion a 'nonstarter'

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Death Penalty
9:17 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What We Know (And Don't Know) About Missouri's Upcoming Execution

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On Wednesday, Missouri is scheduled to carry out another execution. Although it will be the state's fifth execution in as many months, there are still numerous unknowns. Here's what we know and don't know about the upcoming execution.

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