Few issues have generated as much passion and attention recently as health care. Like many Democrats and Republicans around the nation, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are on opposites sides of the issue.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill supports and defends the health care law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, wants to repeal it.
Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has backed millions of dollars in pet projects in recent years. He even proudly defended one for military armor during a television ad in his Republican Senate primary.
Now Akin has aligned himself with a group that wants to ban home-state spending items known as earmarks. And the membership of the Senate Conservatives Fund has pledged $290,000 to help finance his cash-strapped campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Akin denies that it's a reversal and rejects any assertion of a quid pro quo for campaign cash.
Missouri’s plans to use the anesthetic propofol in executions may face new delays.
In May, Missouri announced it was switching to propofol after sodium thiopental, another drug commonly used in executions, became harder to acquire. But, Fresenius Kabi USA, one of propofol’s two domestic suppliers, announced last week it was instructing its distributors not to fill orders from departments of corrections in the United States.
Remember those old sayings about not talking religion and politics? Well, this week's faith and values update has both. We’re looking at the faith angle of Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s campaign.
Akin has been criticized since he made a comment about what he called “legitimate rape,” which he later apologized for. He recently made the news again for saying his opponent in the Senate race, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” in a previous campaign.
A Columbia cancer center is offering late night mammograms tonight and tomorrow morning. The “Mammothon” will take place at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center tonight (Friday) from 6 until midnight and tomorrow morning from 6 until noon.
The worst drought in decades is set to lower beef prices for the state of Missouri. The rising cost of feed for cows has compelled ranchers to slaughter their herds, rather than pay significantly more for feed. The increase in slaughter of cattle creates more supply, while demand stays relatively the same. President of Missouri Legacy Beef, Mark Manken said it is a difficult time for ranchers.
In the state of Missouri only drivers 21 years and younger are prohibited from texting while driving. Missouri is just one of 11 states without a ban on text messaging by all drivers. This year alone the Legislature had at least seven distracted driving bills before it, but none came to a vote. Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia said the lawmakers will make another attempt to ban drivers from texting in the next legislative season.
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he supports the ban on texting while driving.
This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.
For this week’s Field Notes, reporter Justine Greve spoke with Dr. Stephanie Clark, an associate professor of Food Science at Iowa State University about a segment of the dairy industry we’re all familiar with but probably don’t know much about.
You may not know what a “fractionated dairy ingredient” is, but I can almost guarantee you've eaten one.