Russ Carnahan

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With Election Day a week away, we check in with local political reporters for analysis of elections in Kansas and Missouri. Then, political commentator E.J. Dionne discusses the presidential campaign and themes from his book Why the Right Went Wrong. We finish with this week's Statehouse Blend Kansasfeaturing state Rep.

St.. Louis, MO – Congressman Russ Carnahan says he'll continue his efforts to reach bipartisan agreement on issues, even as a member of the minority party next year.

Speaking on the morning after his closest re-election contest, Carnahan says voters sent a message Tuesday night that politicians need to work together.

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St. Louis, Missouri – Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan was in St. Louis today to hear from veterans about problems with sterilization of dental equipment at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in the city.

The dental clinic at the hospital did not follow Veterans Affairs procedures when sterilizing the equipment. That left 1800 veterans at a low risk of contracting hepatitis B and C and HIV.