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Political Rewind: Voter ID Bill Sparks Bitter Debate: History Museum Pot Still Boils

Here are the top political and policy stories from Beyond November, a collaboration of the St. Louis Beacon, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio.

Missouri House gives first round approval to photo voter ID bill after bitter debate

After a contentious debate along party lines, the Missouri House has given first-round approval to a pair of bills that would institute photo ID requirements for voters.

Read Marshall Griffin's report for St. Louis Public Radio.

Read Jo Mannies' report for St. Louis Public Radio.

History Museum trustees want closer look at property appraisal

Trustees of the Missouri History Museum are going to analyze an appraisal of property on Delmar to determine whether it used all the facts available and to bolster their case that the museum is using its funds properly.

Read Dale Singer's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Earlier: A new appraisal of the controversial property at 5863 Delmar purchased by the Missouri History Museum for a community center but never developed says the tract was worth about $260,000 when the museum paid $875,000 for it in 2006.

Read Dale Singer's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Read Adam Allington's report for St. Louis Public Radio.

Senate may be close to breaking logjam on Second Injury Fund changes

After years of inaction and gridlock, the Missouri Senate is on the verge of passing legislation aimed at replenishing the languishing Second Injury Fund.

Read Jason Rosenbaum's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Earlier:

The Missouri Senate on Tuesday night gave first-round approval to a workers’ compensation bill that includes a proposed fix for the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.

Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

McCaskill, Blunt respond to president's call for gun background checks

Missouri's Republican Senator Roy Blunt told reporters Wednesday he would not support background checks that bar neighbors from exchanging shotguns in rural Missouri. But he also said that increased information about mental health could be helpful. Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, says there is wide support for universal background checks and such a measure has a great chance of passing.

Read Julie Bierach's report at St. Louis Public Radio.

Blunt ponders 'hold' on EPA nominee

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he is considering placing a Senate 'hold' on the top Environmental Protection Agency nominee as a tactic to spur federal action on the long-delayed St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project to close a levee gap in southeast Missouri.

Read Rob Koenig's report  at the St. Louis Beacon.

Missouri Senate committee considers dropping prevailing wage requirement

Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a state Senate committee. Supporters say eliminating the requirement would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.

Read Marshall Griffin's report for St. Louis Public Radio.

Reporting on race and sexuality can shed light or create heat

This week, the Beacon covered race in the St. Louis mayor's race and launched a four-part series on changing attitudes about sexuality and gender. Such potentially incendiary topics are a test of character for any news organization.

Read Margaret Freivogel's commentary in the St. Louis Beacon.

With an eye past 2012, Missouri Republicans gather for Lincoln Days event

State Republican leaders such as Tom Schweich, Peter Kinder, Ann Wagner, Dave Spence and Roy Blunt urge Republicans assembled in St. Louis to get past factionalism, stay on message and pick good candidates.

Read Jason Rosenbaum's story in the St. Louis Beacon.

Sandra Fluke tries a reasoned approach to hot-button issues

One year after Rush Limbaugh made the Georgetown University law grad a four-letter household word, Sandra Fluke told an audience at Washington University she wants to make her points as a talker, not a screamer. Her remarks centered on the common ground between religious liberty and women's rights.

Read Dale Singer's report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Nate Silver avoids errors by paying attention to poll's 'margin of error'

Silver – author of the New York Times’ uber-popular blog, FiveThirtyEight -- addressed an overflow crowd Monday night at Washington University’s Graham Chapel to promote his latest book, “The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail, but some don’t.”

Read Jo Mannies' report for the St. Louis Beacon.

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