Morning round-up
8:56 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Akin launches ad asking for forgiveness

U.S. Representative Todd Akin launched an ad this morning apologizing for his statement that "legitimate rape" does not cause pregnancy.

The Republican made those statements in a television interview on Sunday. They ignited a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle, and calls from his own party to drop out.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

GOP brass calls on Akin to withdraw, Democrat McCaskill says he should stay in

Democrat Claire McCaskill speaking at a VFW hall in Festus, Mo. on Aug. 20, 2012.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

Embattled Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.

The fallout from Akin’s comments about pregnancies caused by “legitimate rape” has prompted a storm of criticism, including fellow Republicans, many of whom say Akin should withdraw his candidacy for Senate immediately.  

The conservative PAC Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri race.  The group had originally booked a new round of ads to start Wednesday but opted instead to cancel them.

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Congressman Todd Akin
3:03 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Akin apologizes for 'legitimate rape' comments, says he will not quit

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Will be updated.

Updated 2:46 p.m.

Todd Akin may be losing a chunk of funding, to the tune of $5 million.

A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official tells The Associated Press that the group's head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official says that Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the conversation was private.

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2:42 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Phyllis Diller, dead at 95: comedian had St. Louis connections

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Via NPR News, Phyllis Diller has died at the age of 95. The comedian was once a resident of Webster Groves and performed at area comedy clubs. She also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
St. Louis Rams
11:48 am
Mon August 20, 2012

CVC sends 'amended' plan for Edward Jones Dome to Rams

A view of the Edward Jones Dome looking south in the new plan sent from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission to the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 17. You can view the whole proposal in our story below.
(via St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission)

Updated at 2:40 p.m. with more details of the plan, expanded comments from CVC president Kitty Ratcliffe.

Will be updated.

The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission says it sent a new version of a plan to revamp the Edward Jones Dome to the St. Louis Rams.

The plan, which the CVC sent to the Rams on Friday,  is the latest salvo in the efforts by the CVC and the Rams to made the Edward Jones Dome a "top-tier" facility - generally thought to mean among the eight best stadiums in the National Football League. Without those upgrades, the Rams can break their lease on the Dome after 2015.

You can view the full proposal for yourself here:

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Morning round-up
9:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 20, 2012

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Romney distancing himself from Akin

Republican presidential Mitt Romney is distancing himself from Congressman Todd Akin after comments Akin made during an interview with a St. Louis television station.

During the interview on Fox 2's Jaco Report, Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

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Politics
9:37 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Akin faces criticism for comments on 'legitimate' rape

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis.

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

Akin is a six-term congressman and a Tea Party favorite challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Speaking during an interview on Fox2’s Jaco Report Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

Akin replied that pregnancies caused by rape are rare and that women have some kind of biological defense to prevent pregnancy in these situations.

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Metro Transit
2:04 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Metro reopens stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge

Metro will reopen its bus and MetroLink stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge tomorrow morning.

While crews were renovating the Grand Ave. Bridge, Metro was sprucing up its bus and train stops.

Upgrades include new seating at the bus stop along with redone elevators and stairs to the MetroLink station below the bridge.

Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck said the stop is a key part of Metro’s busiest route.

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John Sullivan
1:42 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Ill. State Senator takes leave for cancer treatment

Ill. State Senator John Sullivan announced today that he is stepping away from his day-to-day duties for two to three weeks to receive cancer treatment.   

Sullivan represents the west central part of the state, including Quincy.  

In a press release, Sullivan said that he has a “rare but extremely treatable form of cancer called liposarcoma.

SLU Grad Shooting
1:01 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Former SLU volleyball player shot to death

St. Louis police have been investigating the death of a former St. Louis University volleyball player who was shot to death in her car.
 
Police Sgt. Roger Engelhardt told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that 23-year-old Megan Boken, a 2011 SLU graduate, was found with gunshot wounds to her neck and chest on Saturday afternoon in the city's Central West End.
 

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