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Updated with McCaskill's letter - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says St. Louis County should approve the sale of adjacent park land to keep the cemetery operating for several more decades. In a letter to the County Council, McCaskill urges the members to sell 38 acres of Sylvan Springs Park to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The county’s Historic Buildings Commission opposes the parkland sale.

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  The announcement Friday that the University of Missouri will no longer provide subsidies for health insurance to graduate students is provoking a strong response from students and faculty.

Ben Warner is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri. He went to the Claire McCaskill's book signing event at the Columbia Mall Monday to get more than just a signature – he was also looking for advice from McCaskill for students. 

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When President Obama announced late last year that he would work toward ending the embargo on trade with Cuba, it wasn't just tourists perking up their ears. Midwest farmers and ranchers see communist Cuba as an untapped market for goods from the American Heartland. Harvest Public Media's Kristofor Husted reports on how agriculture interests are looking to cash in.

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This story is part of our series "Shortage in Rich Land" on Missouri's Bootheel region. Click here to see all of the stories.

Chuck Earnest drives along a dirt road next to his rice fields near Steele, Mo. It’s not planting season yet, so the fields are flooded. Flocks of ducks and other waterfowl take turns floating on the rippling water and flying above it.

“This has turned out to be the duck hunting center of Middle America – right in this territory,” he says. “There might be 1,000 ducks out there.”

For such a small region, this sprawling landscape of the Bootheel has some of the most productive farmland in the U.S. A solid water supply and nutrient-rich flatland creates a fertile environment to grow some of the most diverse crops not readily found in the rest of the state. You can find watermelons, sweet potatoes, cotton and a small but strong sector in Missouri growing rice.

McCaskill Joins Nixon in Calling for Trade with Cuba

Feb 23, 2015
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Senator Clair McCaskill is pushing for a repeal of the trade embargo on Cuba.

McCaskill put out a press release Monday arguing Cuba would be a good market for Missouri farmers and ranchers.

Putting an end to the speculation, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she won't run for governor in 2016.

The Missouri Democrat told KCUR's Steve Kraske she made the decision over the holidays with her family.

"At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if the job you're thinking about going for is better than the one you have, and can you do more?" McCaskill says.

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  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says Republicans have begun courting her and other moderate Democrats in hopes of avoiding filibusters in the next Congress. 

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Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

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Top Missouri Democrats are continuing to pump money into state campaigns as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

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Sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has been an issue for a long time, but it is now at the forefront of the national focus.  While university administrators and federal lawmakers say they're trying to do what they think is best for the victims of sexual assault, some feel that's not always the case. 

Kelsey Burns is the presentation coordinator for the relationship and sexual violence prevention center at MU.  She says she was assaulted her first year as a student but did not report the incident.  She now works to better educate the MU community about sexual violence. 

 This interview has been condensed and edited for content and clarity. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The tally keeps rising on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's contributions to the Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Online campaign finance records show McCaskill gave $50,000 to the party last Friday — two days after giving an identically sized check.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning to travel to Missouri colleges and universities to discuss ways of addressing sexual violence on campuses.

Missouri's U.S. senators are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to seek federal help for businesses damaged during violent protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

In a letter to Nixon Friday, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt say businesses in Ferguson have "suffered significant physical damage" during days of civil unrest following the death of Michael Brown. They say many of those businesses are struggling to recover.


  Last week there was lots of talk about a hearing in which Dr. Mehmet Oz met his match in U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.  Oz went before the committee to testify on the marketing of "miracle" weight loss cures. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.

“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”

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The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.

McCaskill, a Democrat, told The Kansas City Star Thursday that she's determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.

Senator McCaskill answers to Columbia residents

Mar 17, 2014
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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill met with Columbia residents during a town hall meeting on Monday. She talked about the economy, boosting jobs in the state and the improvement of the nation’s deficit.

Updated 4:11 p.m, Mon., Jan. 27 with investigation by Columbia police.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, an alum of the University of Missouri and a former prosecutor, is calling on the university to investigate the alleged sexual assault of former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who subsequently committed suicide.

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll be shopping for a health care policy on the new federal insurance exchange but won't be taking a subsidy.

US Senators tout Missouri to Boeing for 777X

Dec 3, 2013

Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri's transportation network — including rail, highways and rivers — and what they called the state's "track record of success in building airplanes."

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll introduce legislation requiring U.S. defense officials to address mismanagement in a military-led unit responsible for finding service members missing in action.

McCaskill's remarks come several months after an Associated Press story revealed an internal Pentagon report harshly critical of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, which searches for missing soldiers' remains. The Pentagon report included accusations of misconduct among those responsible for overseas missions to investigate prospects for recovering remains.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that they would allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices, such as Kindles and iPads, on flights during takeoff and landing.

McCaskill: Public will eventually like health law

Oct 31, 2013
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Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's "embarrassed and angry" about the rollout of a key part of the new federal health care law. But the Missouri Democrat believes people will eventually come to like it.

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Oct 22, 2013
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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton. The money came from a project called Make it in America Challenge, an initiative to create new jobs and encourage business in America.

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Missouri's automotive industry will be getting renewed attention this week when President Barack Obama visits a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City.

Obama is scheduled to travel Friday to Ford's new stamping plant in Liberty, located next to the auto maker's Claycomo assembly plant, to illustrate the comeback of the nation's auto industry.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to attend the event. McCaskill says the plant is a good place to highlight the turnaround of automotive manufacturing.

Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

Sep 10, 2013
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Discussion over the situation in Syria continues as more Missouri officials are speaking out.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced he will not support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria, worried about the message it sends.

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will spend much of the August congressional recess talking about the farm bill, which is hung up in a legislative impasse.

Hopes are dim for compromise on the legislation after the Senate approved a five-year plan regulating farm programs and food stamps, but the House signed off on a bill dealing only with farm programs. McCaskill says Republican efforts to make sharp cuts to the food stamp program are holding up the farm bill, which she says is unfair to farmers in Missouri.

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says phone providers should use the latest technology to crack down on the number of so-called “robo-calls.”

McCaskill chaired a hearing Wednesday of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection exploring how to reduce the number of such calls received by consumers.

She says despite the establishment of a “Do Not Call” list 10 years ago, robo-callers have not been deterred.