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Columbia Missourian 1976-1979 (courtesy the Missouri Digital Heritage Collection)

How do you pronounce Missouri? And why do you say it that way?

Legend has it former Gov. and Sen. Kit Bond took a poll during his gubernatorial races during the 1970s and '80s to see what Missourians preferred to say and how his pronunciation could help his strategy to win his election.

In our latest episode, Show Me The State digs into that legend while examining how politicians, like former Sen. Claire McCaskill and former Gov. Jay Nixon, use their pronunciation to signal certain values to their constituents. 

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Bird Scooters has been making news in Columbia for months. Now, its making headlines around the world for its claim of a copyright violation by a tech news website. Was it a fair claim?

Republican Josh Hawley's campaign spent about $11 million to successfully unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill despite the Democratic incumbent's significant financial advantage during their marquee U.S. Senate race, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

A month after the key GOP win, records show that Hawley spent about $3.9 million between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26, the weeks just before and after the Nov. 6 election. He brought in about $1.5 million in donations during that same time period.

Republican Sen.-Elect Josh Hawley will reintroduce a duck boat safety bill that his campaign rival Sen. Claire McCaskill proposed after a duck boat sank in July, killing 17 people.

Hawley on Wednesday said he'll bring the legislation up again after he assumes office in January.

McCaskill pushed to enshrine into federal law recommendations to improve safety of the amphibious vehicles after the duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

The bill would require the vehicles to comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations aimed at ensuring they stay afloat.

Missouri voters were sharply divided over the state of the nation as they cast ballots in the midterm election, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

About half of the state's voters said the country is on the right track, while the other half said it's headed the wrong way, AP VoteCast found.

The Views of the News team returns tomorrow at 6 p.m. Join Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry for a complete look at the coverage of today's election, from a local, state and national level. 

Afternoon Newscast for October 31, 2018

Oct 31, 2018

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  President Donald Trump is kicking off a final rally blitz with just days to go before midterm elections that will determine whether Republicans retain control of Congress. He'll attend 11 events across eight battlefield states over the next six days.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.

McCaskill, who is up for re-election this year, confirmed the attempted hack after The Daily Beast website reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to break into the senator's computers in August 2017. The Daily Beast report Thursday was based on the site's forensic analysis after a Microsoft executive said last week that the company had helped stop email phishing attacks on three unidentified candidates.

The Missouri branch of Americans for Prosperity says it's spending $1.8 million on ads against Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The television and digital ad announced Wednesday by the Koch-backed group accuses the Democratic incumbent of saying she supports tax cuts but voting against President Donald Trump's tax bill.

Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has spent about $3.5 million on her re-election campaign in recent months.

Finance reports provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by her campaign show she spent more money between April and June than her top Republican challenger was able to raise in that same time period.

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's raised more than $4 million for her re-election campaign in recent months.

Her campaign on Wednesday announced McCaskill raised more than $4.3 million from April through June. She has roughly $12.2 million in cash to spend. Her campaign didn't immediately provide how much she spent last quarter.

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is polling supporters as she considers whether to vote for President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee — a decision that could make or break her re-election campaign.

McCaskill in a Tuesday email asked campaign supporters to fill out a survey on the nomination of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh, noting that "with so much at stake, I need to know where you stand on this ASAP."

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is calling for a federal investigation of billing practices at Putnam County Memorial Hospital, which was the subject of a highly critical state audit last year.

Kansas City Attorney Announces Independent Senate Bid

Feb 15, 2018

Kansas City attorney Craig O'Dear has entered the race for U.S. Senate as an independent in a bid to unseat incumbent Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill.

O'Dear launched his campaign Thursday with a news conference in Kansas City, criticizing both Democrats and Republicans for producing "division and gridlock."

O'Dear is 60. He has been active in fundraising for candidates in both parties but has never previously run for political office.

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Missouri elected officials are pushing to expand state confidentiality programs that hide the home addresses of victims of domestic violence.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt introduced legislation Thursday to require federal agencies and courts to accept substitute addresses created through state programs.

Missouri is among 36 states with address confidentiality programs.

Missouri Republican state Rep. Paul Curtman is weighing a bid for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat.

Curtman on Thursday announced he's starting an exploratory committee for the campaign. That will allow him to start raising money as he considers officially entering the race.

Curtman is a former Marine and first was elected to the Missouri House in 2010. He's from Pacific and has never before run for statewide office.

He's one of several Republicans who have entered the race against McCaskill or are weighing a bid.

After weeks of mulling it over, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Friday that she'll oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Missouri Democrat called it “a really difficult decision.” Her announcement comes ahead of next week's expected vote. Gorsuch needs 60 votes, which means at least eight Democrats must support him.

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A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill is up for re-election next year in Republican-leaning Missouri. McCaskill highlights the dilemma for many Democrats in similar straits.

They must decide whether to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch and anger their liberal supporters, or to vote to block Gorsuch and prompt Republicans to permanently change Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster.

PHILADELPHIA – Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine may have departed from Missouri a long time ago. But for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Virginia senator still retains Show Me State sensibilities.

McCaskill expressed her enthusiasm almost immediately after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton picked him as his running mate. Not only was she excited that an alum of the University of Missouri-Columbia was getting his time in the sun, but also the fact that a “good guy” was getting his due.

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A law designed to extend federal and state reviews of "cold cases" of racially motivated killings during the civil rights era is one step closer to being renewed.

A unanimous Senate voted Thursday evening to permanently renew a 2007 law that calls for a full accounting of race-based murders, many of which had been closed for decades.

More than 100 cases from the 1960s and earlier have been checked out, with one conviction. But new racially suspicious murders have been identified for investigation.

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is pushing legislation she says is aimed at helping World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas.

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has breast cancer.

The Democratic senator said in a blog post Monday that the cancer was detected through a regular mammogram and she will be in St. Louis for the next three weeks receiving treatment. She said "it's a little scary" but her prognosis is good and she expects a full recovery.

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Missouri's U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is planning a hearing this week on the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers. 

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Missouri's U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has donated $10,000 to help interns facing sexual harassment.

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