Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill met on stage for their first debate on Friday morning in Columbia. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine joined the forum held by the Missouri Press Association.
The candidates for U.S. Senate wasted no time before trading jabs.
Akin criticized McCaskill for the growing national debt, as well as her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is considerably unpopular in Missouri.
"It's pretty hard to say you're in favor of Medicare when you cut 700 billion from it," Akin said.
In Missouri’s first gubernatorial debate this election season, Republican Dave Spence went on the attack against Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. They were also joined by Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.
St. Louis businessman Dave Spence made serious allegations that the Governor is in the pocket of labor unions and attorneys.
“Labor unions: 2.3 million. Personal injury attorneys: 2.4," Spence said, rattling off campaign donations for Nixon. "You wanna know who's dictating policy and suffocating our state? There you have it."
People trying to get into downtown St. Louis this weekend will again have some traffic issues to deal with.
For the second straight week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down all westbound lanes of Interstate 64 from the Poplar Street Bridge to 21stStreet. In addition, the Broadway, 10thStreet and 14thStreet entrance ramps will also be shut down. MoDOT crews are still replacing the driving surface on the double-deck, elevated highway.
Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson about the orchestra's recently completed European Tour and its 2012-2013 season. Then, St. Louis Public Radio’s Mike Schrand speaks with singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Lowe is currently on a solo acoustic tour and performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 26th. Later in the show, Steve Potter talks with Rod Milam, creator and producer of the University City Musician Documentary Project.
A judge is considering evidence in the death penalty case of Reginald Clemons after four days of testimony this week.
During a press conference Friday morning, Clemons’s parents stood alongside representatives from the ACLU, and the NAACP, to condemn what they call a broken justice system that’s responsible for sending their son to death row.
Clemons was convicted for the 1991 rape and murder of 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry.
Bishop Reynolds Thomas is Clemons father. He says the justice system is corrupt.
Judge tosses lawsuit against Joyce Meyers Ministries
A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.
Updated at 1:15 pm to reflect that the maps were drawn by a panel of judges, not the General Assembly.
In the first election after redistricting, it’s not uncommon for former colleagues from the same party to square off for a seat in the Missouri General Assembly.
So the August primary between Democrats Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman for the new 87th District in St. Louis County was nothing unusual - until the unofficial results showed a one-vote margin of victory for Newman. The plot thickened when ballot irregularities made it impossible to conduct a recount.
By now, the two women planned to be helping out other candidates with general election opponents. But instead, they’re back out on the campaign trail for themselves.
There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America. The good news is that the poverty rate has more or less stabilized for the first time in three years, while the bad news is that the number of people living in poverty in the St. Louis area is well above the national average. Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region.
Brian Mackey contributed reporting for this story.
A decades-long battle over an Illinois law that requires girls to notify their parents before having an abortion was in front of the state's Supreme Court on Thursday.
The parental notification law has been on the books since the 1990s, but a series of federal and state court challenges have kept it from being enforced. It was supposed to take effect in 2006, which set off a fresh round of lawsuits.