St. Louis – An energized Robin Carnahan urged Missouri labor families to knock on doors and speak to their colleagues at work as she enters the final nine weeks before the general election.
AFL-CIO Missouri president Hugh McVey introduced Carnahan, the secretary of state, as the candidate who is going to "kick Roy Blunt's ass." And Carnahan delivered her standard stump speech with some red meat for the unions, as she promised to eliminate tax breaks that end up rewarding companies for sending jobs overseas.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is stepping down Wednesday as head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and taking a new job that's tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Templeton survived a rocky tenure as DNR Director. He was suspended without pay for two weeks last year following the controversy surrounding the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.
Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, defends Templeton's tenure.
St. Louis – AA former officer with the St. Louis police department has pleaded guilty to shooting a man outside a Metro East bar.
Bryan Pour, 28, was a probationary officer with the department when he shot and wounded Jeffrey Bladdick of Granite City during a 2008 altercation at Mack and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill in Granite City, which is now closed. Bladdick was apparently intervening in an altercation involving Pour when he was shot.
St. Louis – Missouri's two senators and several St. Louis area officials are in China this week in the ongoing effort to get a freight transit hub at Lambert Airport.
Officials had hoped to have a deal by early this summer. Now, Republican Senator Kit Bond and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, along with members of the Midwest China Hub Commission, are in China again to visit with government and airline officials.