ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even as members of his own party turn against Republican Congressman Todd Akin for his comments about rape and pregnancy, the incumbent Akin is trying to unseat says he shouldn’t be forced out of the U.S. Senate race. Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said at a campaign event in suburban St. Louis today that Missourians should be allowed to make a choice “based on policy, not backroom politics.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Democratic governor is joining critics in condemning remarks made by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin about rape. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that he completely disagrees with Akin’s comments, which he called offensive and harmful. Nixon said in a written statement the comments were “inaccurate, wrong and remarkably out of touch with reality.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican nominee for governor is contributing an additional $750,000 to his campaign to oust Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. Campaign finance records show Dave Spence made the contribution Friday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says that a grand jury has indicted two Michigan men and two Missouri men for their role in a drug smuggling ring linked to the seizure of 23 pounds of methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles in Grand Rapids says authorities seized the crystal meth in Van Buren County on Aug. 13. He says undercover agents made several purchases before the seizure.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of Kevin Yoder’s fellow Republicans in the Kansas congressional delegation say Yoder’s brief nude swim last year in the Sea of Galilee is out of line with what Kansans expect from elected officials. Sen. Jerry Moran says that what he’s read and heard about the incident in Israel in August 2011 suggests something stupid happened. He said such incidents distract from important issues in politics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Administrators at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia say more than 34,000 students were enrolled for the first day of classes yesterday, another all-time high. The figure is up nearly 1,000 students from the first day of fall classes last year.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia’s airport is losing commercial service to Memphis, Tennessee. Delta Air Lines plans to stop offering its early-morning flight to Memphis in November.