5 ways to watch the State of the Union address

When the president speaks some viewers may be applauding or booing, others might be drinking or playing bingo.

ANALYSIS: 'Yes-We-Can' president faces twilight of maybes

Pillars of Obama's second-term agenda seem destined to remain unfulfilled, and talk is turning to life after the Obama White House.

Filing period for Columbia City Council seats now open

Two Columbia City Council member have terms that expire next year. Michael Trapp said he'll seek another term; Barbara Hoppe has not yet decided.

Human Services Commission makes recommendations for grant allocations

The grants would be given to social service agencies such as Meals on Wheels and the Voluntary Action Center


Community policing opportunities vary with officers' shifts

Proposition 1, which calls for a property tax to pay for additional police, is intended to give officers time to engage with the public.

Hallsville forum gives candidates chance to introduce themselves

Boone County candidates for collector and recorder of deeds, along with contenders for state House of Representatives, went to Hallsville to speak to a crowd of about 20 voters. 

Despite lack of support, campaigns for teacher performance amendment continue

Even though its main backer is out of the game, Amendment 3 is still on the Nov. 4 ballot, and opponents want to make sure it doesn't pass.

McCaskill, Nixon contribute to Democratic Party

The political leaders hope to help Democrats gain seats in the Missouri Legislature.

Record number of black candidates seeking office

A political science professor attributes the record number of black candidates on the ballot to the Obama "coattails effect," which encouraged blacks to vote and gave them the confidence to pursue offices they might not have run for in the past.


Back to reality for Dems as House chances fade

Democrats have uphill battle in preventing Republicans from winning more seats in the House of Representatives.

Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate for presidential hopefuls

Only a vocal minority of the GOP's pragmatic wing vowed to redouble its efforts on the social issue and punish those unwilling to join them.

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