Politics & Issues

Synthetic Marijuana
4:37 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Indictments Handed Down In Mid Mo. For Synthetic Marijuana Sales

(via Flickr/peter.a photography)

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on businesses in mid Missouri that allegedly sold synthetic marijuana.

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Government Shutdown
4:43 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

National Park Sites In Missouri Reopen After Govt. Shutdown Ends

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

National Parks and other federally-run recreation sites in Missouri are open again, now that the partial government shutdown is over.

Those sites include the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.  Ann Honius with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial says there are no lingering problems or issues stemming from the 16-day shutdown.

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Politically Speaking
4:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Politically Speaking: Nieves On His Role In The Senate, And The Future Of His Gun Legislation

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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Government Shutdown
2:47 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Nixon Spokesman Says Work Continues On Options For Reopening Arch, Other NPS Sites

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his office is continuing to explore options on how to reopen the Gateway Arch and other National Park Service sites in Missouri.

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Government Shutdown
7:04 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City Office Over Govt. Shutdown

About 40 protesters demonstrate against the fed. govt. shutdown outside Mo. Congressman Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office on Oct. 15, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A group of protesters Tuesday afternoon called on Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began October first.

The 40 demonstrators picketed outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office and also delivered a so-called "cease and desist order" to members of his staff.    Allison Dreith is with the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, the group that sponsored the demonstration.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Who Will Lead St. Louis County? Councilman Announces Bid For Executive

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, announcing his campaign for County Executive.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley officially has a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger said he decided to run after a string of controversies in the county.

“We’ve seen, you know, in the health department alone, basically $3 million walking out the door for a phony company,” Stenger said in front of union members and other supporters.

“Well that’s $3 million right there. Over the years, we’ve had quite literally millions upon millions of dollars of fat that has been wasted by the executive branch.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

What Does A Grassroots Organization Need To Affect Change?

St. Louis fast food workers rally at the McDonald's on South Broadway as they demand better wages. July 29, 2013
Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

To people who feel powerless in the face of today's political structure, Princeton University religion professor Jeffrey Stout has this advice: organize.  He delivers a lecture, "Struggle for a Just Society - Grassroots Democracy in America," as part of the Lee Institute's Speaker Series on Monday, October 28, 2013.

He points to the great social movements of the past two centuries as examples of grassroots organization that affected real change in America -  abolitionists, civil rights and women's suffrage.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Discussion: U.S. Representative Lacy Clay Comments On Debt Ceiling, Shutdown & More

Rep. William Lacy Clay
St. Louis Public Radio

Amidst the dual crises of the partial government shutdown and the swiftly approaching debt limit, Congressman Lacy Clay (D - St. Louis) is addressing the inaction and hearing from constituents.

Before traveling back to D.C. for an evening meeting of the House, Clay stopped by St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the latest on Capitol Hill with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.

Here's what he had to say on the partial government shutdown, the debt ceiling and more.

On the inaction of Congress:

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Government Shutdown
7:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Nixon Admin. Crafting Proposal To Reopen National Park Sites In Missouri

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.

In a statement released late Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he's directed members of his staff to put together a proposal for reopening National Park Service sites in Missouri, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park.  He calls the two sites "national treasures" that draw millions of tourists every year and "generate significant economic activity."

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Lethal Injection
5:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug - Why The Change Of Plans?

Propofol.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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