ST. LOUIS (AP) — Todd Akin isn't ruling out a political comeback, nearly six months after losing Missouri's U.S. Senate race amid widespread criticism of his comments about "legitimate rape."
Akin recently spoke to KSDK-TV in his first interview since losing the November election to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He said he's ready for a comeback, but hasn't decided if that will be in academia, public speaking, or even politics.
The 65-year-old Republican was a 12-year congressman from suburban St. Louis who won a tough Senate primary in August. His campaign took a hit after he remarked in a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape."
There is a new member of the Saint Louis Zoo!
42-year-old Ellie the Elephant gave birth to a baby girl around 11:00 PM Friday. Zoo officials say both mom and baby are doing well.
This is Ellie's third daughter and the fourth for Raja, the calf's father. Raja was the first elephant born at the zoo.
Zoo officials are expected to release more information about the new addition sometime Saturday.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man is facing charges for potentially exposing police officers to the virus that causes AIDS.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 42-year-old David Williamson is charged with exposing another person to HIV infection for an incident that happened last May in St. Louis County.
Prosecutors say a Clayton officer responded to a report of a possible drunk-driving suspect slumped behind the wheel of a car. Authorities say Williamson refused to get out.
Williamson struggled with two officers, causing cuts to their skin and his. Williamson was taken to a hospital and told a doctor he was HIV-positive.
Clayton police declined to comment on the condition of the officers but both remain on duty.
Williamson is jailed on $25,000 bond.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator says a subpoena has been issued to a federal investigator who sought a list of Missouri concealed gun permit holders.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said the Senate issued a subpoena Friday to Special Agent Keith Schilb of the Office of Inspector General in the federal Social Security Administration. Schaefer scheduled a committee meeting next Wednesday to hear from Schilb.
An official at the Social Security Administration did not immediately respond Friday to a question from The Association Press about whether Schilb had received the subpoena and planned to testify.
Republican lawmakers have raised concerns that a list of concealed gun permit holders was twice provided to Social Security fraud investigators. The agency says a computer disk never was read and was destroyed.
MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) - An effort is under way to raise money for the burial of five people shot to death this week in the small central Illinois town of Manchester.
A spokeswoman for Peoples Bank & Trust says a fund has been set up by a friend of Rita Luark, the mother of one of the victims and the grandmother of the two young boys who died, because Luark cannot afford burial costs.
The boys, their parents and their great grandmother were found dead in their home Wednesday. Later that day, the suspected gunman was shot and killed after he shot at police.
Spokeswoman Lorie Doolin says the fund has been set up in the bank's branch in nearby White Hall. For more information, the bank suggests people visit their website, www.bankpbt.com .
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Missouri law banning protests within 300 feet of funerals but has struck down a broader law that could have kept protesters even further away.
The decision Friday by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stems from a challenge to a pair of 2006 Missouri laws enacted after protests of military members' funerals by a Kansas-based church that denounces homosexuality.
The appeals court said a Missouri law barring protests "in front of or about any location at which a funeral is held" violates First Amendment free speech rights because it creates a buffer zone of an undetermined size. It upheld a separate law setting the 300-foot buffer around funerals but said it cannot apply to funeral processions.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has installed temporary pumps to help limit untreated sewage that's been seeping into the flooded Mississippi River since Sunday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports all of the pumps are expected to be working by today.
Two pumps at the Bissell Point treatment plant failed Sunday, leading to the discharge of 105 million gallons of sewage daily into the river.
It might not be Thanksgiving time, but turkey hunting season is in full-swing in Missouri. State conservation officials say the number of turkeys killed by hunters so far this season is slightly down from last year. The Department of Conservation reports over 21,000 turkeys were taken in the first week, which is down about 300 from the first week of the 2012 season. Hunters bagged the most turkeys in Franklin and Texas counties.
Family and friends of a murdered Berkeley woman are hoping that someone will come forward with a clue that will lead to her killer.
Thursday marked one year since 61 year old Patricia Harvill was found murdered in her home in the 9000 block of Harold.
About 100 people gathered outside the home last night for a candlelight vigil to remember her and to urge anyone with information about her murder to call CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line at 1-866-371-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for a tip leading to an arrest.
With rains on the way and levees around the soccer fields already pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association has canceled this year's Lou Fusz Soccer Club Midwest Cup.
Floodwater continues to threaten the area around Newtown and Highway 370 in St. Charles. The water is near the top of an agriculture levee next to the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) fields. '
Instead of getting ready to hit the fields, youth soccer players and coaches have been working alongside the National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and St. Charles firefighters to reinforce more than a mile-long stretch of a levee near the field.
St. Charles Fire Chief Rick Daly says keeping the wall intact is about a lot more than protecting the soccer field. "If the levee fails here," he said, "it can potentially compromise areas in both the city and the county, and we don’t want that to happen."