Rachel Lippmann http://kbia.org en Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement http://kbia.org/post/hair-braiders-sue-over-missouris-licensing-requirement <strong>Updated with comment from plaintiffs, copy of legal complaint. Updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct spelling of Tameka Stigers' last name. Updated at 2:25 p.m. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:57:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 54717 at http://kbia.org Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement Judge Permanently Blocks Ballot Vote On Anti-Peabody Initiative http://kbia.org/post/judge-permanently-blocks-ballot-vote-anti-peabody-initiative <strong>Updated with additional comments from Take Back St. Louis, Mayor Francis Slay, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.</strong><p>A St. Louis Circuit judge has permanently blocked a ballot measure that would have allowed voters to put restrictions on which companies could receive tax incentives.<p>Judge Robert Dierker ruled on Tuesday that the Take Back St. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:44:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 53625 at http://kbia.org Judge Permanently Blocks Ballot Vote On Anti-Peabody Initiative Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures http://kbia.org/post/suits-challenge-missouri-over-secrecy-about-execution-procedures Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.<p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/224354542/AP-Guardian-Lawsuit" target="_blank">In the first</a>, The Associated Press and four other news organizations argue that the state's actions prohibit public oversight of the death penalty. <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/224354491/McDaniel-Lawsuit" target="_blank">The second suit, under the state sunshine law</a>, was filed by Chris McDaniel, a reporter for St. Fri, 16 May 2014 14:07:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 53041 at http://kbia.org Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol http://kbia.org/post/statewide-radio-network-eases-communication-st-louis-police-state-highway-patrol <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Patrick's Day Parade marked the first time the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department relied on a single, statewide radio network to communicate with each other. And, according to all parties, the experience was a success.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The 2014 St. Patrick&#039;s Day parade marked the first use of a statewide radio network by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:41:48 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 50466 at http://kbia.org Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized http://kbia.org/post/missouri-couples-sue-have-out-state-same-sex-marriages-recognized <strong>Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.</strong><p>Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in Kansas City this morning. The plaintiffs are not looking to force Missouri to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:48:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 48083 at http://kbia.org Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized Medicaid Fraud Unit reports average year for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/medicaid-fraud-unit-reports-average-year-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's&nbsp;Medicaid Fraud Unit.&nbsp;The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:05:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 46736 at http://kbia.org Medicaid Fraud Unit reports average year for Missouri Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records http://kbia.org/post/judge-orders-archdiocese-release-records <strong>Updated Jan. 13, 2014:</strong><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legal back-and-forth over the release of the names to the plaintiff continues. The state Supreme Court today <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/199455383/Doe-vs-Ross-Supreme-Court-of-Missouri">blocked the Archdiocese</a> from having to comply with Dierker’s order until further notice.</span><p><strong>Updated Jan. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:15:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 46471 at http://kbia.org Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records Same-Sex Partner Of Missouri State Trooper Ruled Ineligible For Survivor Benefits http://kbia.org/post/same-sex-partner-missouri-state-trooper-ruled-ineligible-survivor-benefits <strong>Updated at 10:05 a.m. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:45:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 42923 at http://kbia.org Same-Sex Partner Of Missouri State Trooper Ruled Ineligible For Survivor Benefits World Series bet between churches will benefit victims of sex trafficking http://kbia.org/post/world-series-bet-between-churches-will-benefit-victims-sex-trafficking <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The leaders of the Episcopal cathedrals in Boston and St. Louis are using the World Series matchup between the Red Sox and the Cardinals to combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the United States.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:22:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 42497 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon Unveils New Resources For International Trade http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-unveils-new-resources-international-trade Businesses that want to expand to new international markets or start exporting their goods for the first time are getting a boost from Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s administration.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nixon announced his "Export Missouri" initiative in St. Louis on Friday, at a luncheon honoring 20 years of the World Trade Center - St. Louis. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:54:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 41236 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon Unveils New Resources For International Trade Monsanto subsidiary will face jury about use of toxic chemicals in everyday products http://kbia.org/post/monsanto-subsidiary-will-face-jury-about-use-toxic-chemicals-everyday-products <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Missouri state appeals court has ruled that a jury should decide whether a former subsidiary of Monsanto that manufactured toxic chemicals is responsible for illnesses caused by the widespread use of those chemicals in everyday products.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:46:34 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37599 at http://kbia.org Monsanto subsidiary will face jury about use of toxic chemicals in everyday products Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-blocks-scanning-documents-drivers-licenses Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/pdf-bill/tat/SB252.pdf">signed legislation</a> blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.<p>The measure was one of several the governor acted on today. &#160;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-scanning-retaining-concealed-carry-documents-end">In April, he ended</a> the practice of scanning so-called source documents for concealed-carry permits. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:15:48 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36362 at http://kbia.org Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses What DOMA means for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/what-doma-means-missouri <p></p><p>The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s &nbsp;a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.</p><p></p><p>For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states.&nbsp; Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri). Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:00:11 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Rachel Lippmann & Jacob McCleland & Jennifer Davidson 36099 at http://kbia.org What DOMA means for Missouri Miners rally, again, to protest Patriot Coal bankruptcy http://kbia.org/post/miners-rally-again-protest-patriot-coal-bankruptcy More than a thousand United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis on Monday, the latest in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/miners-protest-st-louis-over-effects-patriot-coal-bankruptcy">a series of protests </a>against Peabody Energy and its handling of their &#160;retirement and health care benefits.<p>St. Louis-based Peabody created Patriot Coal Corp. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:28:53 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 35647 at http://kbia.org Miners rally, again, to protest Patriot Coal bankruptcy MoDOT readies crews for winter storm http://kbia.org/post/modot-readies-crews-winter-storm <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=MOZ064&amp;warncounty=MOC510&amp;firewxzone=MOZ064&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Special+Weather+Statement">winter storm</a> that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area and portions of south central Missouri and the Ozarks over Christmas.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:24:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 26376 at http://kbia.org MoDOT readies crews for winter storm Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area http://kbia.org/post/entire-state-mo-now-federal-agricultural-disaster-area <em>Updated with comments from McCaskill conference call.</em><p>The entire state of Missouri is now a federal agriculture disaster area.<p>Seventeen of the state&#39;s counties, mostly in the Bootheel, had already received that declaration. Today&#39;s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends that declaration to the other 97 counties and the city of St. Louis.<p>The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in the state eligible for low-interest emergency loans and other assistance from the USDA&#39;s Farm Service Agency. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:42:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Rachel Lippmann 17707 at http://kbia.org Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area Players push for longest baseball game http://kbia.org/post/players-push-longest-baseball-game <p>A group of baseball players is battling triple-digit heat in an effort to set the world record for the longest game ever played. The 52 players will try to compete for 60 hours. The game started at 7:00 Monday morning and is scheduled to end at 7:00 Thursday night.</p><p>Money raised will benefit Backstoppers, which supports the families of fallen first responders in the St. Louis area. Organizer and player Steve Pona says they thought about postponing the game due to the extreme weather</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:25:27 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 17062 at http://kbia.org Players push for longest baseball game Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D. http://kbia.org/post/runner-has-eyes-two-prizes-olympics-phd Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.<p>Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.<p>Leinert now trains at the University of Missouri-Columbia track that revived her college career and allowed her to think seriously about the Olympics. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:08:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 16189 at http://kbia.org Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D. Mo. Supreme Court: Nasheed, Taylor to stay on Democratic primary ballots http://kbia.org/post/mo-supreme-court-nasheed-taylor-stay-democratic-primary-ballots <em><strong>Updated&nbsp;4:34 p.m.</strong><em>&nbsp;with&nbsp;comments from&nbsp;Rep. Sylvester Taylor.<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></em></em><p>Usually, the residency requirement for political candidates is just another box to check, but two cases involving St. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:21:58 +0000 Kelsey Proud, Marshall Griffin, Rachel Lippmann & Associated Press & Rachel Lippmann 16173 at http://kbia.org Mo. Supreme Court: Nasheed, Taylor to stay on Democratic primary ballots Transit committee will hold statewide meetings on trains http://kbia.org/post/transit-committee-will-hold-statewide-meetings-trains <p>A series of statewide meetings designed to take the pulse of transit needs in Missouri kicks off in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield next Monday.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 22:17:24 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 14005 at http://kbia.org Transit committee will hold statewide meetings on trains Federal Trade Commission okays merger between Medco and Express Scripts http://kbia.org/post/federal-trade-commission-okays-merger-between-medco-and-express-scripts <p>The Federal Trade Commission approved the $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco.</p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 22:48:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 11678 at http://kbia.org Federal Trade Commission okays merger between Medco and Express Scripts New rule lets people take themselves off casino exclusion list http://kbia.org/post/new-rule-lets-people-take-themselves-casino-exclusion-list <p>Officials with the Missouri Gaming Commission say they&rsquo;re getting a lot of inquiries about a new rule that allows people to take themselves off the state&rsquo;s voluntary casino exclusion list.</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:17:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 11571 at http://kbia.org New rule lets people take themselves off casino exclusion list Court strikes down MO photo ID proposal http://kbia.org/post/court-strikes-down-mo-photo-id-proposal <p>As of now, Missouri voters will not be voting this November on a measure that would require photo identification at the polls. That&rsquo;s following a court ruling issued earlier this week. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:48:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 11505 at http://kbia.org Court strikes down MO photo ID proposal Jay Nixon calls budget approved by Mo house "dead wrong" http://kbia.org/post/jay-nixon-calls-budget-approved-mo-house-dead-wrong-0 <p>That&rsquo;s because it restores funding for higher education by cutting a health care program for the blind.</p><p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:54:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 11405 at http://kbia.org Jay Nixon calls budget approved by Mo house "dead wrong" Democratic dynasties set to clash in August http://kbia.org/post/democratic-dynasties-set-clash-august <p>Accusations of impropriety are already flying Tuesday after members of two Democratic political dynasties filed paperwork to run against each other in August. &nbsp;US Representative Russ Carnahan, whose current seat was eliminated in redistricting, will challenge incumbent William Lacy Clay in the 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Congressional District.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:46:02 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9653 at http://kbia.org Democratic dynasties set to clash in August Santorum takes Missouri primary http://kbia.org/post/santorum-takes-missouri-primary <p>Although Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.</p><p>Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.</p><p>He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:05:18 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 8426 at http://kbia.org Santorum takes Missouri primary Santorum swings by Missouri http://kbia.org/post/santorum-swings-missouri <p>An overflow crowd piled into an auditorium at St. Charles Community College Monday for an appearance by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:09:59 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 8007 at http://kbia.org Santorum swings by Missouri Rams owner mum on stadium http://kbia.org/post/rams-owner-mum-stadium <p>St. Louis Rams owner and Columbia resident Stan Kroenke&nbsp; says there&rsquo;s no reason for him to comment right now on the likelihood the St. Louis Rams will remain in the city. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:55:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 7180 at http://kbia.org Rams owner mum on stadium Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate http://kbia.org/post/senate-hopefuls-akin-steelman-debate <em>Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from the debate.</em><p>Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.<p>Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman kept their fire mostly trained on Sen. Claire McCaskill and President Obama during the hour-long forum, which was sponsored by KTRS Radio and the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.<p>"America and you face a choice of two futures," Akin told the audience. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:46:53 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 6839 at http://kbia.org Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate Akin, Steelman debate in St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/akin-steelman-debate-st-louis <p>Two of the three Republican candidates running to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in November squared off Tuesday in the first of what is sure to be several debates before the primary election. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:54:38 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 6781 at http://kbia.org