Politics & Issues

School Transfers
4:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

CSD Expects Student Placements To Be Completed Monday Night

Sherrie Wehner with Cooperating School Districts.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis (CSD) has placed 2,400 of the nearly 2,600 students who have applied to leave the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts.

All Normandy students who applied to go to Francis Howell were placed, and will receive transportation paid for by the unaccredited district.

But many Riverview Gardens students who applied to transfer to Kirkwood or Mehlville, the transportation options for that district, did not receive spots because the receiving districts ran out of room.

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Education
6:49 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

More Than 1,000 Students To Leave Unaccredited Normandy District

Normandy Superintendent Ty McNichols speaks with a parent following the press conference.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

North St. Louis County's Normandy School District pointed to a variety of things to entice parents to keep their kids in the district: partnerships and collaboration with nearby universities, new technology, and more staff training.

But for the parents of 1,151 Normandy kids, it just wasn’t enough. If you compare it to last year’s enrollment, that means 28 percent will be fleeing the failing school district.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

McCaskill To Officials On POW/MIA Reforms: 'Get It Frickin' Done'

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.

Defense officials say the Pentagon's inspector general will investigate allegations of waste and misuse taxpayer funds by a military-led unit that's responsible for accounting for POWs and MIAs.

The investigation comes in response to an internal Pentagon report that said the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command's search for remains on old battlefields is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from dysfunction to total failure.

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Medical Marijuana
3:04 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.

Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.

Quinn says he's heard compelling stories from seriously ill patients - including veterans - and says medical marijuana will provide many people relief.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Petition To End St. Louis Tax Incentives Delivered With Thousands Of Signatures

Petitioners march from Poelker Park to the Board of Elections.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

About 50 activists delivered a petition to the St. Louis Board of Elections on Wednesday, calling for the city to cut tax breaks from businesses involved in what they call “unsustainable energy production.”

The group marched with signs that said “Take Back St. Louis" and chanted things like "We will stand, we will fight, a greener city is our right!"

The petition was organized by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), and the group’s leaders say they have more than 36,000 signatures, which is well above the requirement for a ballot initiative.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Simon Announces Bid For Illinois Comptroller

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she will run for state comptroller next year.
Credit (From the Lt. Governor, State of Illinois, website)

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon officially announced Wednesday that she's running for Illinois comptroller, ending five months of uncertainty about which statewide office she'll seek in 2014.

The Carbondale Democrat made her announcement Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago. Simon announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term with Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Lawmaker Salaries
3:42 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Ill. Legislative Leaders Sue Over Halted Lawmaker Paychecks

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock. 

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton called Quinn's action  "purely political and unconstitutional." All three men are Democrats.

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Politically Speaking
12:16 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Politically Speaking: Speaker Jones On The Income Tax And Gun Nullification Bills

House Speaker Tim Jones appears on the Politically Speaking podcast.
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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Income Tax Bill
11:55 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon (left) and Speaker of the House Tim Jones (right)
via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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Energy
5:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

'Several Days' Before Callaway Nuclear Reactor Will Be Back Online

Ameren Missouri

Missouri's lone nuclear reactor remains shut down while workers and officials continue to investigate what caused a small fire at the Callaway County plant Friday night.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Cleve Reasoner said it'll be several days before the plant is back online.

"We are assessing impacts from the arc that we had in our cable leading from the plant," Reasoner said. "We've begun disassembling equipment and investigating what the nature of the damage is and what the nature of the cause(s) of the event are."

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