Chris McDaniel

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Chris McDaniel is a student newscaster for KBIA.

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1:21 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Gov. Nixon Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug - Why The Change Of Plans?

Propofol.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:41 pm

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Mo. To Return Some Of Potential Execution Drug Supply, But Questions Remain

A picture of propofol in the possession of the Mo. Dept. of Corrections. Hospira, the manufacturer, says it was sold by an unauthorized dealer.
Mo. Dept of Corrections via sunshine request.

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 12:01 pm

Updated 10/9/2013 6:42

The Missouri Department of Corrections has announced that it will be returning some of its propofol to its supplier, as the company requested almost a year ago.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Anesthetic use in Mo. could have impact across the country

Credit Nottingham Vet School / Flikr

If Missouri goes through with using a common anesthetic in two executions later this year, it could have a very real impact on hospitals throughout the U.S.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday the state will be moving forward with the executions.

The European Union says they will consider possible export limits of the anesthetic propofol if Missouri uses the drug in executions scheduled for this month and next.

The U.S. gets the vast majority of the common anesthetic from the EU.

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Politics
8:04 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis

via Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:37 am

Thousands of conservatives attended CPAC St. Louis on Saturday to listen to more than 40 conservative leaders and rising stars. There were a number of last-minute speaking cancellations for the conference. Members of the US House had to stay in DC to work on a fix to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also cancelled, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn’t in session. That decision drew the ire of many conservatives.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Live Blog & Round-Up: Missouri Veto Session 2013

(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 12:33 pm

From gun control to a controversial tax cut, this year's veto session in the Missouri Legislature was one to watch.

We had a live blog during all of the developments, which you can read through still below our summaries. Here are a few things to take away:

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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Mo. Attorney General Accuses Walgreens Of 'Deceptive Pricing Schemes,' Files Lawsuit

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 4:46 pm

Updated 5:12 p.m. with comment from Walgreens.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is accusing Walgreens of engaging in false and deceptive pricing schemes, that he said amounts to stealing. In St. Louis Tuesday, Koster announced a lawsuit against the company.

Koster had investigators go to stores across the state, and said they found display tags were often inaccurate, and that membership rewards didn’t always deliver on the price reduction.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Nixon Sharply Denounces Bill That Would Allow Some Sex Offenders Off The Registry

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 3:18 pm

Updated 8-21-13 4:01 p.m.

In St. Louis Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon sharply criticized a bill he vetoed that would allow juvenile sexual offenders to be removed from the sex offender registry. The Democratic Governor said overriding his veto would undermine public safety and weaken victims' rights.

He stood next to a gallery of mugshots and distributed information on several individuals who could be removed from the website if the bill passes.

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Education
8:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

More Than 1,000 Students To Leave Unaccredited Normandy District

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:19 pm

North St. Louis County's Normandy School District pointed to a variety of things to entice parents to keep their kids in the district: partnerships and collaboration with nearby universities, new technology, and more staff training.

But for the parents of 1,151 Normandy kids, it just wasn’t enough. If you compare it to last year’s enrollment, that means 28 percent will be fleeing the failing school district.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:01 am

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:37 am

Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man. Libertarian Rex Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 8:51 am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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4:17 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon vetoes bill that blocked enforcement of federal gun laws, Jones says he'll vote to override

(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 9:35 am

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have blocked Missouri officials from enforcing federal gun laws, saying it would violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Nixon leaves for European business trip

Gov. Jay Nixon greets members of the Missouri House before delivering his first State of the State address. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 6:50 am

Governor Jay Nixon began a weeklong trip Friday to Europe to promote Missouri businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Republican, will be joining the Democratic governor on the trip, as will Democrate state Senator Ryan McKenna. They'll stop  in France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

Missouri businesses exported more than $2.5 billion worth of products to Europe last year - about 20 percent of the state's total exports.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000

Flickr: stevendepolo

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:09 am

April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent lobbyist disclosures.

The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. As we've detailed before, it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Emails Show Nixon Administration Involvement In Accidental Medicine Tax

Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 9:44 am

Updated 5:02 p.m. May 31

Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:13 am

Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.

Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

McCaskill holds hearing on 'Kafkaesque' credit report system

Screenshot from a Senate stream of the hearing.

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:36 pm

Millions of consumers have an error on their credit report. In response, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri held a hearing Tuesday on the consumer report industry.

One out of every five consumers has an error on at least one of their major credit reports, according to a study released a few months ago by the Federal Trade Commission. Those errors can cause consumers to pay more or be denied credit or housing.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:35 pm

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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Politics
10:48 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Legislators Received More Than $330,000 From Lobbyists In Two Months

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:14 am

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Politics
9:02 am
Mon March 11, 2013

McCaskill Crafting Legislation To Allow Electronics On Flights

(Senator McCaskill's Flickr Account)

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:18 pm

After receiving a tepid response from the FAA on the prospect of changing rules to allow electronic devices like iPads and Kindles to be used throughout a flight, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced that she is beginning to craft legislation instead.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

New Mo. GOP chair plans more aggressive approach

Ed Martin says Missouri GOP needs to do a better job at fundraising.
Credit KBIA

The new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party wants the GOP to be more aggressive in promoting its message and more sophisticated in reaching out to voters.

Martin narrowly ousted former chair David Cole on Saturday.

Many speculate it was because of the GOP's poor performance in statewide races, where the party lost five out of the six races.

Martin says those losses were due to one thing: "We found ourselves at a disadvantage because we were vastly outspent by tens of millions of dollars total," he says.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations

Credit selbstfotografiert / Wikimedia Common

Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill resumes campaign following mother's death

Kristofor Husted KBIA

McCaskill spoke outside a St. Louis County grade school Wednesday about the importance of the school lunch program, noting that Republican opponent Todd Akin was one of just five lawmakers to oppose funding. But she also used the time to talk about her mother, who passed away earlier this week.

It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.

In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.

Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin defends "dog" analogy

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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PM Newscasts
5:25 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Newscast for May 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • The state of the state budget.
  • McCaskill's security precautions.
  • A Springfield mayor's resignation.
PM Newscasts
5:37 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Newscast for May 1, 2012

Regional coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • Health centers receive 10 million dollars.
  • Nixon agrees to compromise on workers' compensation.
  • A Boone County judge urges the retrial of a man serving a life sentence.
PM Newscasts
4:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Newscast for April 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief Ken Burton.
  • A possible minimum wage increase.
  • Whistleblowers could face reduced protections
PM Newscasts
5:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Newscast for April 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • More skepticism in the Ryan Ferguson murder trial -- this time from a forensic expert.

  • A Columbia hotel group supports a tax hike that would improve the Columbia Regional Airport.

  • A bill that would outlaw undercover activism.

PM Newscasts
5:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Newscast for April 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The likely culprit behind the E Coli outbreak.
  • The restoration of funding to public education.
  • Senator McCaskill's fundraising efforts.
PM Newscasts
5:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Newscast for April 3, 2012

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Nixon's trip to Brazil.
  • Columbia's local election.
  • Novinger's possible sales tax.

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