Two of Missouri's three Republican senatorial candidates are expected to meet in a debate in Branson.
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both have committed to participate in Monday night's debate. The third candidate — St. Louis businessman John Brunner — is not planning to attend.
All three Republicans are seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November elections.
Monday's debate is to be held at the Branson High School Auditorium, which has room for several hundred people.
Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22nd tornado.
The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama’s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget.
The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.