Politics & Issues

Economy
2:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Mulling Rule Change For Ethanol Use

(via Flickr/bradleypjohnson)

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

(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

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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Politics
3:10 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Congressman Bill Enyart Proposes Continuing Resolution To 'Put American Government Back To Work'

Congressman Bill Enyart (D)
(WikepediaCommons)

Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart is frustrated with the partial government shutdown.

Enyart, who represents areas of Southern Illinois and East St. Louis, supports a continuing resolution that would allow the National Guard to be paid and put the VA and 70 percent of the CIA back to work. A veteran with over 35 years of military service, Enyart contends that the best way to support the troops is to reopen the government.

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Government Shutdown
5:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mo. National Guard Furloughs Personnel, Cancels Weekend Drills, Due To Govt. Shutdown

Mo. National Guard, via Flickr/M. Queiser

The federal government shutdown has now hit the Missouri National Guard.

Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential.  Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.

"Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related," Spicer said.

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Politically Speaking
10:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Politically Speaking: Auditor Schweich On Gubernatorial Withholds, St. Louis Public Schools And 2014

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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Education
6:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears KC-Area Lawsuit Challenging Student Transfer Law

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The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that's delaying the implementation of the state's student transfer law in the Kansas City area.

A lower court ruling declared the transfer law to be an unfunded mandate for school districts in Independence, Lee's Summit and North Kansas City, but not for Blue Springs and Raytown.  Attorney Duane Martin argued Blue Springs' position before the High Court, saying the transfer law would be an unfunded mandate for them as well.

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Government Shutdown
4:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Doesn't Stop Missouri Veterans From Visiting WWII Memorial

National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit (Bernt Rostad)

On day two of the government shutdown, it continues to cause headaches, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans that flew to Washington. 

The nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip and the closed National World War II Memorial was the first stop Wednesday. The group was met by many Missouri and Kansas lawmakers, who helped them get inside the memorial where barriers had been set up. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Journalist Mark Leibovich Offers Insider's Look At Washington D.C. In New Book

An older, more gilded portrait of the capitol. A postcard of Washington D.C.'s iconic Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument dated 1930-1945.
(Via Flickr/Boston Public Library)

In his new book This Town, self-described Washington insider Mark Leibovich paints an unattractive portrait of a capital focused on image, personal wealth and self-interest over public service.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Employees Protest Government Shutdown In St. Louis

(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

“No shutdown, let’s work!"

This was the anthem of protestors demonstrating today in front of the Federal Center in St. Louis. The protest, comprised of federal employees and their supporters, was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees in response to the shutdown’s effect on furloughed government workers.

Beyond the loss of wages for government employees, protestors also criticized the shutdown of some government services. 

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