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“AMERICA’S BEST WINERIES 2017,” chosen by the editors of Food & Wine, has pronounced Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO the only Missouri wine producer to make the list. The Jon and Thomas Held-owned winery has "a benchmark Norton and one of the best wines made in the U.S. from native grapes,"reports Food & Wine.

Donald Trump-branded developments in Toronto and Ft. Lauderdale are among the projects that have caused investors to lose millions of dollars with Trump walking away without any liability. Trump-in-name-only allowed investors to sue but were unable to recoup their losses. Meanwhile, Trump still garners revenue from management of the structures even though some are not yet built.


Spiro’s, the Chesterfield restaurant outpost, cleared its bar area Wednesday night for the arrival of some Microsoft young and savvy execs. Dinner was served by the time their boss Paul Allen arrived. Allen, 63, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, has a net worth of $18.6 billion. The magnate and philanthropist dug through Spiro’s Greek-influenced meal and chatted a bit about soccer. He owns the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. Wonder if he’d be interested in financing our town’s proposed soccer team.


Cushman & Wakefield U.S., the global real estate firm, plans to create 600 more jobs in our area including its projected 90,000 square-foot office in Town & Country.  The firm has been here for 90 years.

SEN. ROY BLUNT RESIDENCY QUESTIONS ARE CROPPING UP. Where does he live? The answer may not be as easy as you think. Blunt says “he lives in a condominium on John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield, Mo.” But USA TODAY reviewed various financial and legal documents Blunt has filed since he got remarried in 2000. Those documents show he has claimed a gamut of other addresses as his residence. They include a campaign office, his Springfield congressional office, and the house he shared in Washington with his wife.” “The questions around Blunt’s residences are sensitive because he is married to a Washington lobbyist, Abigail Blunt, head of government relations for Kraft Heinz Co. And they have a son who attends school in Washington.”

BOOTS ON THE GROUND: The For Our Future PAC, backed by organized labor groups and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, has raised $60 million for its voter mobilization efforts, reports the Washington Post’s Vanessa Williams. The goal is to mobilize 9.5 million African Americans, Latinos and millennial voters in battleground states ahead of Election Day. “The super PAC is focusing on personal contact with voters, funding grassroots groups to knock on doors rather than buying up radio and television airtime in Missouri and other states,” Williams writes. Since July 1, groups collaborating with the PAC have knocked on more than 3.8 million doors. That includes organizations such as the National Council of LaRaza, and state-based groups like Wisconsin Jobs Now.

CUT TIES TO DONALD TRUMP, BIG DONORS URGE R.N.C. Several of the Republican Party’s most generous donors called on the Republican National Committee to disavow Trump over allegations by multiple women that Trump had made inappropriate sexual advances toward them. “At some point, you have to look at the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children – especially your daughters,” said David Humphreys, a Missouri business executive who contributed more than $2.5 million to Republicans from the 2012 campaign cycle through this spring.

END CITIZENS UNITED PAC readies to spend $900,000 each in the Missouri and North Carolina Senate races over the next four weeks on TV and digital ads  – another sign that those races, which were once considered second-tier, are now at the heart of Democrats’ Senate battleground hopes.

PATRICIA BARRY, an alum of Stephens College and star of TV soap operas, has died at 93. She appeared through the years in “Days of our Lives,” “All My Children” and “The Guiding Light” as well as a number of motion pictures including “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”




Monmouth University Poll has it that Missouri voters likely to cast ballots in the November presidential election: Donald Trump has a 5 point advantage over Hillary Clinton; Missouri governor, Demo. Chris Koster has a 3 point lead ahead of GOP’s Eric Greitens.



Missouri has become the major battleground in the race to control the U.S. Senate. Now, GOP Sen. Roy Blunt leads Jason Kander by two points.


Reginald Brack, Jr., dead at 79, led Time, Inc. into an entertainment era. He moved in 1959 to St. Louis to sell ads for The Saturday Evening Post. He met his wife, Barbara Smith, here on a blind date. In 1962, while on an airplane at Lambert Field, he met the publisher of Time who invited Brack to join the company. Brack’s wife and children survive him.

Former U.S. Attorney General and Missouri governor John Ashcroft along with former FBI director Robert Mueller have been sued by eight – some of whom are Muslims – for detaining and torturing them for three to eight months in post-9/11. The U.S. Supremes have agreed to hear an appeal from the detainees.

The American Federation of Federal, State & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) antes up spending on Senate races by upping it to $8 million and now plans to spend $22.5 million in total to help Democrats take back the upper chamber. The nation’s largest public sector union is currently airing TV ads attacking Republicans in Missouri and North Carolina. Today it will begin a radio campaign through Election Day on Senate races including Missouri.

HISTORIC OCT. 13: 1985, During the NLCS, Cards rookie Vince Coleman was injured while stretching before the game when his left leg got caught in a Busch Stadium automatic tarpaulin; 1962, The play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” debuted on Broadway; 1960, The third presidential debate of John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

YOU ATTEMPT TO REACH SOMEONE ON THE PHONE WHEN THE MENU ASKS TO “PRESS ONE” FOR ENGLISH. Then you’re transferred to a voice you don’t understand.


According to the SportsBusiness Journal, Jeff City-based Learfield Communications Inc., a college sports and sponsorship firm,  has been acquired by the Atairos Group for an estimated $1.3 billion. Learfield was founded in 1972 and now reps 120 institutions. . .Donald Trump’s claim he’d jail Hillary Clinton was “a threat to the rule of law,” claim some political scientists.

HISTORICAL OCT. 12: 1967, Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3 in the 64th World Series and Lou Brock stole a record of 7 bases in one World Series; 1933, Alcatraz became a federal prison; 1933, John Dillinger escaped from an Ohio prison; 1892, “Pledge of Allegiance” was first recited in public schools.


In case you missed it, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt faced off against four challengers last week in a debate in Branson. The 66 year-old Republican, a members of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s agricultural panel who has frequently gone to bat for the food and agriculture industries, is trying to regain his seat for a second term after seven terms in the House but running neck-in-neck with Democrat Jason Kander. Kander was running ahead of Blunt by a narrow 42-40 percent margin in early September, ahead of the faceoff, according to a poll of likely voters conducted then. Kander, Missouri’s 35 year-old secretary of state, used the event as an opportunity to chastise the upper chamber for going on a recent seven-week break with much work left unresolved. Also, to counter the National Rifle Association’s “A” rating of Blunt and his “F” rating. Kander boasted of his marksman skills nothing how he served in the Army National Guard, though he continued to stand by his support for universal background checks.

SINCE 2007, GUNS PURCHASED in MIssouri have made up a dramatically higher portion of the guns used in crimes and confiscated by the police. . .The Commission on Presidential Debates told Hillary Clinton’s campaign that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill couldn’t join Bill and Chelsea Clinton inside their family box. . .Michelle Williams will portray the late rock icon of the 1960s, Janis Joplin, in the bio-picture, “Janis.” Joplin died at 27 in 1970 from a heroin overdose.


Nielsen’s overnight rating of Sunday night’s second presidential debate yielded 37 million viewers, a 20 percent drop from the first debate that drew 46 million. Meanwhile, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll has it that Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump: Clinton – 52 percent; Trump – 38 percent.


House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers today he would not defend Donald Trump and will not campaign with the presidential nominee. Ryan did not rescind his endorsement of Trump.

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