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McCaskill talks about Ferguson, foreign policy during MU visit

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed racial disparities in Ferguson, the U.S. military's rape culture and U.S. intervention in Syria and Iraq during two talks Friday at MU.

VETO SESSION: Abortion wait time expected to be hot topic

Advocates of bill say that women need 72 hours to make an informed decision about an having an abortion. Opponents respond that 72 hours of waiting only prolongs the woman’s pain.

VETO SESSION: Nine tax bills up for potential overrides

The legislative veto session will begin on Wednesday. Most Republicans want increased tax exemptions and credits, while Gov. Jay Nixon sees these proposals as catering to special interests and not being fiscally responsible.

VETO SESSION: Lawmakers will reconsider bill to allow teachers to carry concealed handgun

Under SB 656, school districts can select and appoint one or more teachers or administrators to carry either a concealed handgun or a self-defense spray device.

VETO SESSION: Bill regarding sale of e-cigarettes to minors likely to be debated

Senate Bill 841, which was sponsored by Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to those under 18 and would also exempt the products from being taxed and regulated as tobacco products.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of e-cigarette bill

Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted the potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

 In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is trying to move beyond the apparent effort of his staff to create traffic chaos on a bridge into Manhattan late last year, while state prosecutors in Wisconsin are examining whether Gov. Scott Walker coordinated too closely during a past campaign with outside conservative groups.

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

 Clinton will likely seek some separation from Obama if she runs for president — especially if Obama's approval ratings stay near 40 percent. But decoupling from a two-term president of your own party can be tricky.

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption

Missouri's 4th Congressional District primaries see some new faces

Two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Democrat are on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeking their parties' nominations.

Phillips, Basye seek GOP nod in 47th House District race

Both of the first-time candidates, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips and Chuck Basye, hope to take on the incumbent, Rep. John Wright.

Heroin overdose antidote bill awaits Gov. Nixon’s signature

If a bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly is signed into law, first responders in Missouri will be able to carry medication that reverses the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdose.

Candidates use Strawberry Festival to get word out on elections

State and local candidates running in the August Primary Election provided one-minute presentations over dinner and dessert at the annual Strawberry Festival on Friday evening.

Blunt: Truman Veterans Hospital highly rated despite national scandal

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., met with Truman Veterans Hospital leadership Thursday morning to discuss the treatment of mental health issues in Columbia and the ongoing nationwide Veterans Affairs scandal.

Boone County GOP committee seeks replacement recorder candidate

The Boone County Republican Central Committee is trying find a replacement recorder of deeds candidate after Wes Upchurch was deemed ineligible to run because he didn't pay his state taxes.

ANALYSIS: Missouri poised to become third state with 72-hour abortion wait period

While anti-abortion groups say the legislation would help women make informed decisions, others point out that the restrictions are simply efforts to block access to abortion.

Activists stage 72-hour 'women's filibuster'

Pamela Merritt of Progress Missouri participated in the filibuster because she wanted to represent the people who couldn't attend.

Nixon and Republicans differ by $4.2 billion on interpretation of tax cut bill

Nixon said the tax cut bill could eliminate Missouri's tax on all income over $9,000, creating a $4.2 billion hole in Missouri's budget.

Activists rally at statehouse against abortion bills

Activists at the Rally for Women's Lives decried legislation they said threatens women's health.

House passes bill preventing religious discrimination in schools

Some Democrats argued the bill is unnecessary because the U.S. Constitution already protects students' religious freedoms.

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