Judge spares Gov. Nixon's staff from testifying about driver's licenses

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green issued a preliminary order blocking the House investigatory committee from proceeding with the subpoenas.

Gov. Nixon signs bill allowing pharmacies not to carry specific drugs

Although the bill makes no mention of specific drugs, state Sen. David Sater has said his bill was prompted by efforts elsewhere to require pharmacists to stock emergency contraception.

Senate passes historic immigration-overhaul bill

The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack Obama's second-term domestic agenda. But the bill's prospects are highly uncertain in the Republican-controlled House.

Senate votes to name I-70 bridge for both Stan Musial, veterans

The name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to name the new Interstate 70 bridge for the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted the name to honor military veterans.

U.S. high school seniors fare no better in reading, math than in 1970s

The news was brighter for younger students and for blacks and Hispanics, who had the greatest gain in reading and math scores since the 1970s.

Effort begins to move UMKC Conservatory to downtown Kansas City

A $20 million challenge grant will help the University of Missouri-Kansas City move its Conservancy of Music and Dance to a new arts campus. Supporters must raise $70 million more.

New Missouri Chief Justice Mary Russell prepares to lead judiciary

Beginning next week, Mary Russell will lead the seven-member Missouri Supreme Court for two years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wednesday was a great day for equality in America

No longer will federal law make second-class citizens of those who choose and love same-sex partners, thanks to this week's Supreme Court ruling.

Excerpts from Supreme Court decision on Defense of Marriage Act

Here are excerpts from Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion and Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent about the Defense of Marriage Act.