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8:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin holds back on details about abortion protest

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has said he was arrested as an abortion protester about 25 years ago, but he's not saying anything more about it.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Wednesday that Akin never was charged and the campaign will not release any further details about the incident.

At a news conference last Friday in Kansas City, Akin acknowledged the arrest but did not go into specifics. An aide had said the campaign would release more details later.

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6:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McCaskill says she raised $5.8M for Mo. Senate bid

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she raised about $5.8 million for her re-election campaign over the past three months.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested in California
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Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project.

Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant.

Cole is charged in Missouri with using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverley Hills home and misleading investors about his company's financial health.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties

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Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes.

The proposal would raise the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products.

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Politics
8:45 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Federal judge dismisses contraception mandate suit

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A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.

Politics
8:42 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus

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Republican challenger Todd Akin is going on the offensive against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill by claiming her husband's businesses profited from the federal stimulus act.

Akin began running a TV ad Monday claiming "the stimulus made McCaskill rich." In an interview with The Associated Press, Akin noted that the 2009 stimulus law funded a federal program for low-income housing that directed about $1 million to corporations affiliated with McCaskill's husband.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

NRA endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is touting an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

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Education
4:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Washington-based group suing MU for records

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A Washington-based education group is suing the University of Missouri over its refusal to provide records related to teacher training at the university system's four campuses.

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Education
9:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Banking regulator with KC ties to speak in Fulton

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The former president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City will speak Monday in Fulton on the future of banking.

Thomas Hoenig's 4 p.m. lecture at Westminster College's Coulter Science Center is free and open to the public.
Hoenig is now a director and vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the number two job at the independent Washington agency.

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Politics
9:07 am
Mon October 1, 2012

McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy

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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.

But there may be at least some middle ground.

Politics
8:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Akin parses stand on pet projects in Senate bid

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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.

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Arts and Culture
4:55 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Columbia Daily Tribune's Irene Haskins dies at the age of 84

Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Irene Haskins has died at the age of 84.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin admits arrest, calls McCaskill not very "ladylike"

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said he was arrested in an anti-abortion demonstration two decades ago.

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Weather
6:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Storms cause outages, damage in St. Louis area

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Strong storms are blamed for power outages, hail and lightning damage in Missouri.

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