Akin's rape and pregnancy remarks rank as Missouri's top news story of 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A survey of newspapers and broadcasters has determined that Republican congressman Todd Akin's infamous remark about rape and pregnancy ranks as Missouri's top news story of 2012.

The Associated Press surveyed its newspaper editors and broadcast news directors for their choices.

Akin told a television interviewer in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called "legitimate rape." Akin later apologized repeatedly, while also refusing calls from leading Republicans to drop out of his Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin lost badly to McCaskill in November.

Other top stories this year were the prolonged drought, Missouri's continued opposition to health care reform and the legal and political fallout from the failed Mamtek sweetener facility project in Moberly.