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Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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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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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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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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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.

Akin faces criticism for comments on 'legitimate' rape

Aug 19, 2012

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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Every year, politicians descend on the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and woo voters, and almost every year someone says something controversial.

This year was no exception.

Second District U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, was talking with reporters about his opposition to spending hikes for food stamps and other programs in the federal Farm Bill when he was asked what he thought about school lunch programs.

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In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

Missouri Farm Bureau

Dave Spence, the Republican nominee for Governor, has been endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional political action committees.

Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today.  Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.

“If you want an advocate to stand up to the (Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources) and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and all the crazy regulations that come out of DC by bureaucrats who have no idea what’s going on in the real world, I’ve got your back," Spence said.

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.

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McCaskill gears up for campaign against Akin

Senator Claire McCaskill stopped at a sheet metal shop in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday morning to kick off her campaign for the general election.

The Democratic incumbent criticized her newly anointed Republican challenger Todd Akin as being out of the mainstream on Medicare, student loans, and the minimum wage.

McCaskill said she will better represent the middle class.

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McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary

For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is bucking most of her party in calling for quick approval of a new oil pipeline from Canada.

The Democrat sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging the Secretary to approve the Keystone XL project. Clinton's approval is needed because the pipeline crosses international borders.

In a phone call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said she believes that the company behind the pipeline, Trans-Canada, has made changes to satisfy the concerns of environmentalists in Nebraska.

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Both of Missouri’s Senators have signed a letter asking agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to declare almost all of the state a disaster area due to drought conditions.

The federal Farm Service Agency recently found that every county except St. Louis city met the requirements for that declaration. It would open up emergency loans and expand the places where ranchers can graze their cattle.

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US Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time in the St. Louis area on the Supreme Court's health care ruling

The Missouri Democrat told supporters today at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be a burden to seniors.

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Beer giant A-B InBev gets bigger

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it will buy the remaining 50 percent of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion.

As we've reported, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is skipping this year's Democratic National Convention. Here's a look from NPR this evening about the 11 other "major Democrats" skipping "Obama's renomination party."

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Hot forecast brings heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area.

The advisory is in effect starting at noon on Thursday, and extending to at least 7 p.m. on Saturday. And the forecast from the National Weather Service shows why.

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.

The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.

Missouri’s senators were divided on the issue.

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A group billing itself as non-partisan is calling on U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri) to reveal where she stands on micro-unions.

Micro-unions are smaller groups of workers within an officially-sanctioned labor union.  The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) issued a ruling last year that allowed the creation of micro-unions.  Jason Klindt with the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs says micro-unions are a threat to small businesses.

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The three Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November didn't stray far from the party's script at a debate in St. Charles last night.

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The Paycheck Fairness Act, which proponents say would strengthen women's ability to get equal pay in the workplace, failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Just like yesterday's vote, Missouri's senators are sharply split along party lines.

Missouri's Republican senator Roy Bunt says the bill doesn't have much to do with "fair pay" and a whole lot to do with litigation.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill paid several hundred dollars of interest and penalties for late property taxes on a Washington, D.C., condominium.

The Kansas City Star reported that the Missouri Democrat paid $197 in penalties and interest after missing the fall 2011 tax deadline by about three weeks. The newspaper reported that she paid $198 in penalties and interest after she was late on her spring 2010 property tax payment.

McCaskill said the District of Columbia bills people twice a year, and the bill "slipped through the cracks."

Blunt says student loan debate is red herring

May 9, 2012
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Missouri’s Republican Senator says he’ll continue his opposition to a plan put forth by Democrats to extend federal subsidies for student loans for another year.

Roy Blunt says an alternative plan would accomplish the same goal, without raising the deficit.  Blunt says he supports freezing student loan interest rates where they are now, at 3.4 percent, but says he would pay for the subsidy by taking the money from part of the President’s 2010 healthcare overhaul— which he claims is partially funded by interest payments from student loans.

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Blues on the brink of new ownership

Two years to the month after being put up for sale for the second time in six years, the St. Louis Blues appear to have a new owner.

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The Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The complaint, which was submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleges McCaskill solicited for campaign donations while on federal property.

The allegation stems from an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, when McCaskill responded to a question about Super PACS targeting her campaign. Here's the video of that appearance:

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Woman wins $6 million judgment against "Girls Gone Wild"

A St. Louis judge in has awarded nearly $5.77 million to a woman who sued the makers of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos for using an image of her bare breasts without her consent.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the verdict from Judge John Garvey came down in March, after no one showed up for the defense.

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Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees

More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US  Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s deal settles claims by the workers that they were not properly warned before being laid off.

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is renewing her call to end tax breaks for major US oil companies. Speaking at a gas station in downtown St. Louis Wednesday, the Democrat said the subsidies have done nothing to reduce gas prices across the country. 

"I do not think that what we give them now has resulted in any break at the pump," McCaskill said. "I think that is evidenced by the prices that we see around St. Louis and around Missouri in terms of gas prices."

A bill to end the subsidies failed in the Senate last week. 

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Army Corps. seeks dismissal of lawsuit filed on behalf of southeast Mo. farmers

More than 140 southeast Missouri farmers are seeking damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

The Southeast Missourian reports that government attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Oral arguments in the suit are scheduled to begin April 10 in Washington.

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