Politics & Issues

Veolia
4:38 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Aldermen Move To Strip Funding For Controversial Veolia Contract

Opponents of Veolia hold signs at City Hall on Oct. 18, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The chair of St. Louis city’s budget committee has launched an effort to strip the funding for a controversial consulting contract with the French utility company Veolia.

Read more
Food Stamps
3:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Nixon Withdraws Proposed Food Stamps Rule Change

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reversed course on a proposed rule change that would have cut food stamp eligibility for unemployed adults without children.

Nixon had initially cited concerns over the amount of federal funds available for state-run food assistance programs, but now says there's more certainty due to the end of the partial government shutdown last week.  Fellow Democrat and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis says she's elated by the governor's reversal.

Read more
Education
6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to K-12 education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 23, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Two days after pledging to significantly raise Missouri's Higher Education budget next year, Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state's public schools.

Nixon told K-12 school leaders in Jefferson City that the state's AAA credit rating and improving economy will enable his administration to spend more money on educating Missouri's children.

Read more
Lethal Injection
4:27 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Execution Drug Sources No Longer Public After Mo. Rule Change

A picture of propofol, a drug Mo. was planning to use for lethal injection. Under the state's new rule, showing who made or supplied the drug would be illegal.
Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Nixon instructed the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a new procedure for carrying out lethal injections.

On Tuesday, the department announced that it had chosen a new execution drug: pentobarbital. But the state also made a change that will end up making it harder, if not impossible, to know where the drugs come from.

Read more
Politically Speaking
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. McCaskill On The Shutdown, The ACA And More

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.

 

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joins us on this week's show. The Democratic senator tells us about her experience in the male-dominated Missouri Legislature, and gives us a preview of her upcoming book. We also discuss the government shutdown, Jason's cooking skills, and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Read more
Politics
10:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Spence Drops Bid For St. Louis County Police Board

Dave Spence (R)
(Provided by Alpha Packaging)

Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence has dropped out of consideration for a seat on the five-member St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, citing the stringent screening process recently enacted by the County Council.

Spence said in a letter released Tuesday by County Executive Charlie Dooley's office that he has no problem submitting to background checks, but he worries that the council cannot safeguard his business and personal information.

Read more
School Accreditation
5:45 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited

The Mo. State Board of Education meets on Oct. 22, 2013. They chose to take no action on a request to consider reclassifying the K.C. School District, which has been unaccredited since Jan. 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.

The State Board of Education on Tuesday chose to take no action on a request by Kansas City Schools Superintendent R. Stephen Green to grant provisional accreditation, based on this year's assessment scores in which the district placed within the provisional range.  But State Board President Peter Herschend says there hasn't been sufficient improvement sustained over a period of time.

Read more
Lethal Injection
4:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Following Controversy, Missouri Selects New Execution Drug

Lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.
California Department of Corrections

On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced that it had selected a new drug for upcoming executions: pentobarbital.

The change comes following criticism of the questionable methods Missouri had obtained the drug it had previously planned to use, as well as concern that its use could harm hospitals throughout the U.S. The state had planned to use a common anesthetic named propofol, which has never been used to carry out an execution.

Read more
Nixon on World Series
7:12 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Attend World Series, Is 'Negotiating' A Bet With Mass. Governor

(UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he will attend the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, though he hasn't disclosed which game he plans to attend.

He told reporters in Jefferson City on Monday that he's in the process of negotiating a bet with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D).

Read more
Higher Education
6:46 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Propose 'Substantially' Larger Mo. Higher Ed. Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to Higher Education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 21, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says next year he's going to propose a Higher Education budget that's "substantially" higher that it's been in recent years.

Nixon made that promise Monday to a group of Higher Education officials meeting in Jefferson City, though he won't say yet how high his proposed budget hike will be.  He also suggested that his higher budget proposal could be rendered moot if this year's failed income tax cut legislation is revived next year.

Read more

Pages