Politics & Issues

Politics & Issues
9:56 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sen. Durbin Says U.S. Is Ready To Provide Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Just before residents of Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, a group of U.S. senators visited Kiev. They were showing support for Ukraine's new government, and also offering U.S. help. Among them was Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin. We reached him by phone in Chicago, and asked if the U.S. and Europe have to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.

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Open Government
8:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.

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Do Not Call
8:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

FTC Is Still On The Trail Of Rachel And The Robocallers; Hang Up and File A Complaint

That's Rachel from Card Services calling again -- from a spoofed number.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Ring ... Ring ... This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today ...

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Politics & Issues
5:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed various issues at a news conference Monday with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (far right).
Credit Nora Ibrahim/St. Louis Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.

So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Election
10:38 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Sample Ballots And Polling Places For Illinois Primary

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The news focus on Tuesday's Illinois primary has largely been on statewide or congressional races. However, issues and local races are also important. For those in the area who are looking for a clean list of what they will find on their ballots, different counties have different options.

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Politics & Issues
10:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol on Jan. 29.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 9:06 am

The numbers look bad for Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois has remained in lousy shape throughout Quinn's five years in office.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With Spring Break Looming, Aldermen Tie Up Some Loose Ends

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are off for a month-long spring break starting today. Like many a legislative body (or college students) before them, they left a lot of business until the last minute. Here's a look at some of the business they took care of today.

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Red Light Cameras
4:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

While Court Fight Continues, Missouri House Passes Bill On Red Light, Speed Cameras

via Flickr/functoruser

The battleground over the use of red light and speed cameras in Missouri shifted this week from the courtroom to the state Capitol.

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Politics & Issues
12:57 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Rundown: From Birthday Cakes To Wedding Cakes

STL250 birthday cakes are popping up across the city.
(UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Our town

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that St. Louis is marking its 250th birthday this year. Throughout the year, we'll be looking at our history and the various ways St. Louis is celebrating this milestone.

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