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Carnahan Crash 20th Anniversary | Personal Finance Uncertainty

Missouri Secretary of State
Official Manual of the State of Missouri 1981 - 1982
Mel Carnahan as Missouri Treasurer in 1981.

We remember the life of former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan 20 years after his death in plane crash, and the Smart Money Experts discuss what a contested election could mean for the financial world.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:37: 20 years ago a tragedy killed Missouri's governor, and changed Missouri politics forever.

In October 2000, a plane carrying Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son Randy and aide Chris Sifford crashed in eastern Missouri. All three died, just weeks before Election Day, but Gov. Carnahan was still elected posthumously to the U.S. Senate. His widow, Jean Carnahan, served in his place.

  • Roy Temple, former chief of staff to Gov. Mel Carnahan
  • Scott Charton, former Missouri Statehouse correspondent for the Associated Press

Segment 2, beginning at 28:43: Buckle up for election night, says one of our Smart Money Experts.

Contested elections, like the one between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000, can have unpredictable affects on personal investments. Our Smart Money Experts say that, even though there's a lot of uncertainty, there are still ways to prepare.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.