In this photo taken on Nov. 10, 2010, members of the local chamber of commerce line up for a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of a new hotel near Fort Leonard Wood in St. Robert, Mo. There was a ... more 
In this photo taken on Nov. 10, 2010, members of the local chamber of commerce line up for a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of a new hotel near Fort Leonard Wood in St. Robert, Mo. There was a tinge of apprehension behind some of the smiles at the ribbon-cutting for the Liberty Lodge. And underneath the updates about a new public swimming pool and potential bus service, there was an unspoken uncertainty among some at the local chamber luncheon. Fort Leonard Wood, the source of nearly all economic activity in this rural south-central Missouri community, had just lost its longtime protector in a November election that swept more than 50 incumbents out of Congress. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton no longer would be looking out for the military posts in his home district. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Kelley McCall
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 10:42 PM EST