Roy Blunt

Larry W. Smith, epa

As violent protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri following the announcement that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri's U.S. Senators issued statements.

President Obama woke up in Kansas City on Wednesday, rallying support for a growing economy, dreaming of equal pay for his daughters and touting what he called “economic patriotism.”

With just four months before the mid-term elections, Obama called out Congress for fighting him on help for the middle class in a rousing appearance at the Uptown Theatre and later, in a walk down Parkville’s Main Street.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says he’ll vote yes on the “right to farm” amendment this August because he wants “agriculture to continue to be the biggest economic driver in our state.”

Blunt’s remarks were offered to dairy farmers at the Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield Friday. He was quick to acknowledge opponents, declaring that this is not a fight between big corporate agriculture and family farms.

(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”

But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.

In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”

Update: 9:31 a.m. 1-14-14: Senator Roy Blunt has sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demanding answers.

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