Missouri made national headlines on several issues in 2012 from extreme weather to "legitimate rape" to a huge lottery win. Notable and tragic deaths also were part of the story as the Show Me State grabbed media attention in sports and entertainment. The entire year was full of stories that were of import beyond Missouri's borders.
Feb. 29: Branson tornado
A rare winter tornado struck the heart of tourist destination Branson, Mo. The storm was part of 15 confirmed tornadoes over five states. Another twister struck Buffalo, Mo., where it killed one person living in a mobile home, according to ABC News.
May 22: Rush Limbaugh given bust in Missouri capitol
The Speaker of the House of Missouri has the sole discretion to name who gets a permanent bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians. In late May, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh joined the likenesses of Mark Twain, Buck O'Neil, Walter Cronkite, Harry Truman and others in a display for all to see. ABC News states the selection was controversial as Limbaugh had just made comments calling a young woman a slut in late February.
Late May: Devastating drought began
A widespread drought started in Missouri in late May and lasted more than three months when a ridge of high pressure settled over the Great Plains. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac came through Missouri in early September to finally offer relief to parched fields.
June 4: Deadly tornado
The southeast Missouri city of Diehlstadt was devastated by an overnight tornado in early June. A man and his two adult sons died in a mobile home about 100 miles south of St. Louis. According to the Weather Channel, the tornado had top wind speeds of 115 mph and was rated an EF2.
July 1: University of Missouri joined Southeastern Conference
ESPN reported the University of Missouri was accepted into the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for athletics in November 2011. The move became official July 1 when the SEC's university presidents and chancellors unanimously approved of the changes.
Aug. 19: Rep. Todd Akin "legitimate rape" interview aired
A local St. Louis television station interviewed Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP choice to take on incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in November's general election. KTVI's Charles Jaco interviewed Akin when the conservative was asked about whether or not abortion should be allowed in cases of rape. The representative's response was that the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down" if a woman gets pregnant from a "legitimate rape." Akin went on to lose the general election.
Sept. 25: Andy Williams died
Andy Williams was a cornerstone of Branson's family entertainment. The Huffington Post reports Williams died of complications from bladder cancer at the age of 84 in late September. The crooner died in his home after his initial diagnosis in November 2011.
Nov. 24: Powerball win in Dearborn, Mo.
Cindy and Mark Hill bought five Powerball tickets in the small town of Dearborn, Mo., about 30 miles north of Kansas City. The couple netted more than $293 million before taxes as one of two winning tickets in one of the largest lottery drawings in American history, according to Reuters. Dearborn's population is around 500 people.
Dec. 1: Jovan Belcher murder-suicide
Linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 1. Mere minutes after shooting her, the 25-year-old starter drove to the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium where he committed suicide in front of head coach Romeo Crennel, according to the Kansas City Star.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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