Julie Bierach http://kbia.org en In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor http://kbia.org/post/freedom-ex-felon-becomes-probation-counselor Every weekday, Clark Porter, a tall man with a sturdy build, walks into the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis to work with tough ex-offenders. On the outside, he wears a suit and tie. But on the inside, he has more in common with the former felons than most.<p>Back in 1986, a skinny 17-year-old Porter went on trial there as an adult for robbing a post office at gunpoint. His sentence: 35 years.<p>"The hardest part of prison is when you get into year five," he says. "That's when you start hearing the door close. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:24:00 +0000 Julie Bierach 25761 at http://kbia.org In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange http://kbia.org/post/sen-mccaskill-voices-support-state-run-health-insurance-exchange <p>U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.<br><br>In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said the federal health care law is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.<br> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:25:24 +0000 Julie Bierach 25178 at http://kbia.org Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange Bond to lead St. Louis business delegation to China http://kbia.org/post/bond-lead-st-louis-business-delegation-china Former Republican Missouri Senator Kit Bond will lead a delegation of St. Louis-area business leaders to China later this year.<p>Bond's <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/retired-senator-kit-bond-launches-new-venture-boost-trade-between-mo-southeast-asia">consulting firm that works on international trade</a> will accompany regional and statewide businesses and academic institutions to China in December.<p>Tim Nowak, executive director of the St. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:50:31 +0000 Julie Bierach 19864 at http://kbia.org Bond to lead St. Louis business delegation to China Missourians To Vote On Prayer Amendment http://kbia.org/post/missourians-vote-prayer-amendment When Missourians go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a number of candidates to compete in the November general election, they'll also be asked to decide on an amendment to the state's constitution. Amendment 2 is better known as the "right to pray" ballot measure. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:16:00 +0000 Julie Bierach 18809 at http://kbia.org