Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape.
About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting.
The path of Tropical Storm Isaac northward from the Gulf Coast is still uncertain, but Missouri officials are urging people to prepare for possible heavy rain and power outages. The powerful storm lost some of its strength yesterday afternoon and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge.
Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.” Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.
The Springfield City Council voted to table a proposal to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.
The city is considering prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council was considering Monday night whether to vote on the issue or put it to a public vote.
Instead, the council voted 7-2 to postpone action on the ordinance.
The city will instead appoint a task force to work toward a compromise on an issue that has created passionate debate for weeks.
Southwest has announced that it’s taking over the Branson operations of its AirTran subsidiary in March next year.
KYTV reports that Southwest will drop daily nonstop service between Branson and Baltimore while adding one direct daily flight to Love Field in Dallas. Nonstop daily service to Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby will continue, and a Saturday-only direct flight between Branson and Orlando is being added.
A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.
Missouri State University has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant aimed at providing graduate courses for mid-career students at the Department of Defense.
The grant goes to the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which is located in Washington. The department will work with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career students with the Department of Defense.
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a reported threat against U.S. Representative Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri who has been criticized for comments he made recently about rape.
A police spokesperson says there is "an active, open investigation" into a reported threat against the Republican lawmaker. She added that she could not discuss details regarding security of members of Congress.
Classes for the fall semester at MU begin today, and as students return to school a campus group fighting plans to dramatically revamp the University of Missouri Press is holding a public celebration of the academic publishing house.
The Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press opposes system President Tim Wolfe's decision to fire the press's 10 employees. The university’s plans for the press include a digital-driven alternative overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review literary journal.