Claire McCaskill

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted that she cast Missouri’s votes at Democratic National Convention with a bit of emotion.

Missouri’s senior senator was given the honor of announcing how the Show Me State was divvying its delegates. It was part of a roll call vote that made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential candidate of a major party.

PHILADELPHIA – Ralph Trask doesn’t want Donald Trump to become president. But that doesn’t mean he’s completely sold on Hillary Clinton.

Trask is a farmer from Iron County who is attending the Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders delegate. He arrived in Philadelphia amid a somewhat tense time between supporters of the two campaigns, and national speculation over whether Sanders supporters can work this fall for Clinton.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said it has been “a source of extreme frustration” that, as the U.S. has dealt with an epidemic of opioid abuse, Missouri is the only state that has refused to set up a prescription drug monitoring program.

According to McCaskill, the states that have set up prescription drug monitoring programs, designed to catch those who are “prescription shopping,” have seen success.

"Tennessee, for example, the opioid abuse has dropped by a third since they adopted their monitor--New York 75 percent," she said.

Claire McCaskill
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Veterans in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas are generally satisfied with the quality of service at Veterans Administration (VA) medical facilities. That’s according results of a survey released Tuesday by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri).

McCaskill announced the results during a news conference at the American Legion Post 639 in Springfield.

Simon and Schuster

In her new book, Plenty Ladylike, Claire McCaskill shares details about various aspects of her life--both personal and public--including her divorce, the demands of being a mom and a politician, what it was like to be a young legislator in a male-dominated Missouri capitol, her strategy to make sure Todd Akin was her opponent in her re-election campaign for U.S. Senate and more.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with her about her book.