The average ACT score for Missouri high school students is 21.6, a half a point higher than the national average of 21.1. Despite having the same average score as last year, Missouri’s ranking among the 50 states edged up slightly from 27th to 26th. The highest possible score is 36 and the lowest is one.
Updtated at 5:52 p.m. with comments from Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill
Congressman Todd Akin didn't drop out of the race for US Senate yesterday before the legal deadline, despite significant local and national pressure otherwise. He would now need a court order to leave the race.
Here's how the day after the deadline has looked so far:
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.
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.
Carnahan and Republican leaders are sparring over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and GOP lawmakers accuse Carnahan of using misleading language in order to influence voters to defeat the ballot question in November. Attorney Jay Kanzler represents the plaintiffs.
“Secretary of State Carnahan's language talking about denying families and individuals access to affordable health care frankly doesn’t even come close to describing, in fact, what the ballot initiative would do,” Kanzler said.
Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) presided over a drought briefing today at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers. He says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.