Russ Carnahan

Loop Trolley
4:50 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Funds committed for design phase of Loop Trolley project

A model trolley car whizzes by in a window display at the Blueberry Hill Restaurant during a ceremony to announce that the St. Louis area received nearly $25 million in federal dollars for a new trolley system in University City, Mo. on July 9, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Those behind the Loop Trolley project, a 2.2 mile fixed-rail streetcar system from the Loop to Forest Park, got some welcome news today.

Funding to help with the design portion of the project has been secured via a $2.8 million portion of a federal grant. Word of the committed funding came via a press release congratulation from Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

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Morning round-up
9:38 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, September 19, 2011

Lorenzo Pollard
SLMPD

City Corrections Commissioner suspended hours before jail break

Hours before an inmate escaped from a St. Louis jail on Friday night, the city's corrections commissioner was suspended because of complaints about his management of city jail facilities. Commissioner Gene Stubblefield will be able to defend his performance in several hearings and meetings. The city emphasized that no one is alleging any criminal misconduct.

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Cochran VA Medical Center
5:56 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Carnahan says Cochran VA is improving

Congressman Russ Carnahan says John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has made improvements.
Official gov't photo via Wikimedia Commons/online Congressional guide

Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan says the troubled John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis is showing signs of improvement. He points to recent studies and surveys that show the facility's patients are more satisfied with their care.

Carnahan has been critical of problems at the facility over the past year, but now says administrators are turning things around.

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Election 2012
4:32 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Carnahan keeping options open for 2012

Congressman Russ Carnahan
(via Flickr/cvrcak1)

St. Louis Congressman Russ Carnahan says he has every intention of running for congress next year despite losing his seat to redistricting.

So far the elimination of his 3rd District has done little to tamp down Carnahan’s fundraising, having brought in more than a half million dollars since January.

Without saying which district he’s looking at Carnahan says there may yet be a legal challenge to the new congressional maps, which currently favor the GOP.

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Russ Carnahan / Election 2012
4:47 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Carnahan still unsure which political office he'll pursue next

Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis speaking to reporters today at a "Made in America" forum in St. Louis. Carnahan said he's still undecided about his Election 2012 plans.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan says he still has not decided what political office he’ll pursue next year.

The St. Louis Democrat’s 3rd Congressional District will be eliminated based on redistricting maps approved by Missouri lawmakers. Today Carnahan was asked by reporters if 2nd District congressman Todd Akin’s announcement this week that he’ll run for the Senate makes his decision easier.

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Election 2012
4:18 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Martin drops race for Senate, enters race for Congress instead

A screen capture from Ed Martin's video announcement regarding his run for Congress in Missouri's newly-redrawn Second District.
(EdMartinForCongress.com screen capture/St. Louis Public Radio)

As we told you this morning in our news round-up, Republican attorney Ed Martin of St. Louis has dropped his campaign for U.S. Senate to enter a race for Congress instead.

In early polling, Martin trailed other likely GOP Senate contenders including Congressman Todd Akin and former-treasurer Sarah Steelman.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
4:02 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Mo. Senate overrides Nixon's veto, redistricting map becomes law

The "grand compromise map," which officially became law this afternoon after both the Mo. House and Senate voted to override Gov. Nixon's veto.
Missouri Senate

The redistricting map passed by the Missouri General Assembly is now law.

This afternoon, the Missouri Senate voted 28 to 6 to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto, meeting the two-thirds majority needed.

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VA Hospitals
2:03 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Congress, GAO, critical of oversight at Department of Veterans Affairs

A new GAO report is critical of the way the VA oversees sterilization at hospitals like John Cochran in St. Louis, where lax sterilization put 1,800 dental clinic patients at a slight risk of HIV or hepatitis.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Representatives Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay were among the government officials with sharp criticism today for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Carnahan and Ohio Republican Michael Turner, who represents the Dayton area, pushed for the House Veterans Affairs Commitee hearing to address concerns about the cleanliness of instruments at VA hospitals.

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Bin Laden death
2:26 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local politicians react to death of Osama Bin Laden

Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt

From Senator Roy Blunt:

"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."

In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.

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VA hearings
3:51 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Patient safety at Cochran, other VA hospitals, to be the subject of a Congressional hearing

Lapses in sterilization at the John Cochran veteran's hospital will be among the topics of a Congressional hearing scheduled for Monday.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The U.S. House of Representatives has plans to take a look at patient safety lapses at the John Cochran VAMC in north St. Louis.

Rep. Russ Carnahan, a Democrat, pushed for the hearings after two separate problems with sterilization at Cochran.

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