William Lacy Clay

Gateway Arch
5:57 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Federal grant awarded to begin Gateway Arch pedestrian bridge work

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Late Friday afternoon, William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, announced that the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as the Gateway Arch and its grounds, has received a federal transportation grant. The grant will help fund engineering and planning for a pedestrian connector linking the Arch and downtown St. Louis.

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Cochran V.A. Hospital improvements
4:40 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

VA secretary says Cochran hospital has "turned a corner"

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs says the John Cochran VAMC, pictured here, has "turned a corner" after a rough 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

It's been a bad year for the John Cochran Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Louis.

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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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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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Redistricting Maps Released
6:57 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

First Mo. congressional redistricting maps released

This view shows the St. Louis-area districts in more detail (Digital copies of the maps were not available at press time).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A GOP-chaired House committee on redistricting has released the first map showing how Missouri’s congressional districts may soon look.

Missouri is losing a seat in Congress, dropping from nine to eight, based on figures from the 2010 census.

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William Lacy Clay
6:04 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Lacy Clay opines on government shutdown, Libyan intervention

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.)
(Wikimedia Commons/Online Guide to House Members and Senators)

Though he says a government shutdown would be "tragic," Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay says he doesn't expect Republicans and Democrats to be able to reach an agreement on a budget for this year before a temporary spending plan expires next Friday.

The extension is the sixth since the federal budget expired in September 2010. And Clay says the U.S. House is in "total disarray," with Congressional Republicans choosing to advance policies simply to hurt the Obama administration.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
5:35 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Mo. congressional redistricting may decrease political clout for metro region

A map of Missouri's current nine congressional districts.
(Screenshot via Mo. Sec. of State website)

State politicians were in St. Louis today to solicit public feedback on redrawing Missouri's congressional map from nine districts down to eight.

The outcome may mean a decrease in political clout for the metro region.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor
2:08 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Pearl Harbor survivor awarded eight medals in St. Louis

A sketched rendering of the face of the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, one of eight medals awarded to a St. Louis veteran today. (via Flickr/expertinfantry)

A 30-year veteran of the United States Postal Service received recognition today for his veteran status of another kind.

91-year-old John T. Moton, Jr. was awarded eight different medals for his service in the United States Navy, KMOV reports.

Congressman Lacy Clay presented the medals in his office this morning and included the following:

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Arizona Shootings
12:37 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Clay speaks on Arizona shooting, appeals to media

Rep. William Lacy Clay spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning about the tragic shooting in Arizona. (St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Rep. William Lacy Clay took the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning to give a speech on the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

Clay expressed his condolences for the victims and others involved, along with an appeal to the media "To remember that hateful words often lead to hateful deeds."

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