Coalition Urges Missourians to Join Redistricting Process

Oct 13, 2021
Lily Bohlke / Missouri News Service

Public hearings for Missouri's redistricting process begin Saturday in St. Louis and continue next week in Springfield and Kansas City. Watchdog groups advocating for fair maps are urging the state House and Senate bipartisan commissions working on the new maps to take into account what residents want in their voting districts, and to keep what are known as "communities of interest" together.

Former St. Louis-area Republican Congressman Todd Akin, who touched off a national debate about rape and abortion rights when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2012, died late Sunday at his home in Wildwood.

Akin was 74 and had battled cancer for several years.

“As my father’s death approached, we had people from all different walks of life share story after story of the personal impact he had on them,” his son Perry Akin said in a statement.

Updated September 15, 2021 at 12:21 AM ET

The attempt in California to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed, according to a call by The Associated Press, allowing the governor to stay in office until at least 2023.

Tuesday's vote ends a campaign against Newsom that began before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S.


A Missouri senator is demanding answers on why an exhibit highlighting Kansas City’s LGBTQ rights movement was removed from the state Capitol.

The exhibit titled “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was recently invited to display at the Missouri State Museum on the first floor of the Capitol. The project, created by University of Missouri-Kansas City students, documented decades of local gay activism.

Gov. Mike Parson believes that the rapid spread of COVID-19 recently is prompting Missourians to get more serious about vaccinations.

He said the fast-spreading delta variant and incentives are resulting in an uptick of people getting the shot.

But the GOP chief executive stressed in a wide-ranging interview with St. Louis Public Radio that persuasion does have its limits, as some Missourians may never end up getting the shot that’s been proven to sharply reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.