Politics & Issues

Death Penalty
11:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Execution Using Controversial Drug Halted By Missouri Governor, Requires Different Injection Method

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Last updated 1:30 p.m. Will be updated further.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has responded to the recent controversy surrounding the execution drug propofol by halting the execution of a Missouri inmate, and asking that a different form of lethal injection be used.

Here's Nixon's full statement: 

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Politically Speaking
11:32 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Politically Speaking: Rep. Schupp On The Future Of Tax And Gun Bills, Medicaid And Her Senate Race

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.

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Economy
5:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rule Change To Allow E-15 Sales In Mo. Rejected By Joint Committee

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A proposed rule change that would have allowed more ethanol to be blended into gasoline sold in Missouri has been shot down by a joint legislative committee.

Earlier this week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture asked the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow the change, saying that E-15 is both safe and good for the state's economy.  But State Senator and committee chair Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) says the proposal would have violated state law.

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Lethal Injection
11:20 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Mo. To Return Some Of Potential Execution Drug Supply, But Questions Remain

A picture of propofol in the possession of the Mo. Dept. of Corrections. Hospira, the manufacturer, says it was sold by an unauthorized dealer.
Mo. Dept of Corrections via sunshine request.

Updated 10/9/2013 6:42

The Missouri Department of Corrections has announced that it will be returning some of its propofol to its supplier, as the company requested almost a year ago.

But questions remain on how the state obtained the drug.

Propofol is a widely-used medical anesthetic, but the Mo. Dept. of Corrections is planning to use it for lethal injection. Missouri's Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 executions would be the first time the drug has ever been used for capital punishment.

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Second Injury Fund
4:45 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Second Injury Fund

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Missouri's long-ailing Second Injury Fund is at the center of a lawsuit heard Tuesday before the State Supreme Court.

David Spradling was injured on the job in 1998 after having previously been declared disabled, and died in 2005 from unrelated circumstances.  He had filed a Second Injury Fund claim, which his three children pursued, and in 2011 were awarded his disability payments for the rest of their lives.  Attorney Sheila Blaylock represented the Spradlings before the High Court.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

President Obama Makes Statement, Answers Questions

President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on October 8, 2013.
(Screen capture/WhiteHouse.gov video)

Updated 2:21 p.m. This live event has concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held a press conference today focused on the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling. 

NPR's Live Blog The Two-Way has a full round-up and context for the press conference, which lasted over an hour. 

The live event has now ended, so we've removed the live video we provided here. 

Politics
4:08 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

St. Louis' 'Poplar' Bridge Renamed For Long-Time Congressman Clay

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A downtown St. Louis bridge has a new name.

Until Monday, what locals call the Poplar Street Bridge was technically known as the Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge after a 1930s St. Louis mayor.

But the bridge spanning the Mississippi River and connecting St. Louis to Illinois will now be officially known as the Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge.

Clay is a former Democratic congressman and civil rights leader. Clay was Missouri’s first black Representative, and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Economy
2:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Mulling Rule Change For Ethanol Use

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule change that would allow more ethanol to be blended into gasoline sold in the Show-Me State.

The proposal would allow for the sale of E-15 in Missouri, which would be marketed to both regular and flex-fuel automobiles.  Kristy Moore with the Illinois-based Renewable Fuels Association told a group of Missouri lawmakers that federal law requires E-15 pumps to be properly labeled with guidelines on which autos can use it.

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Lethal Injection
5:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor Nixon: Europe Won't Block Missouri Executions

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Governor Jay Nixon said Missouri will be moving forward with two executions later this year, in spite of objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the European Union.

The executions could have a very real impact on hospitals throughout the United States, as the European Union considers possible export limits of the drug as part of its anti-capital punishment policies. Most propofol comes from Europe, where its leading manufacturer only wants it used for medical purposes.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
4:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Hearings Tuesday Would Push McKee Redevelopment Project Forward Again

Paul McKee speaks at a public hearing on his request for an additional $192 million in tax incentives on Aug. 30, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislative hearings get underway next week on the measures that could finally lead to the start of Paul McKee’s massive redevelopment project for north St. Louis.

A court case held up the $8.1 billion project for three years. The measures up for debate would give McKee access to an additional $192 million in tax assistance, and restart the project’s clock. Mayor Francis Slay and Congressman William Lacy Clay are both expected to speak in support at Tuesday's hearing. 

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