UPDATE: Agency paid for Gov. Nixon's travel aide

State personnel records show Jeff Gettys, a former Missouri football player, officially began work in Nixon's office last month. A Nixon spokesman says Gettys performs logistical and operational duties for the governor.

St. Louis businessman Dave Spence considers entering gubernatorial race

Dave Spence is waiting to make a decision until Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announces his intentions about whether to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon.

Special elections occurring for four Missouri House seats

Four Missouri representatives will be replaced because of elections or appointments to other government positions after Tuesday's special elections.

Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill sells private plane

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill sold her private plan to Northeast Montana Stat Air Ambulance Cooperative.

Cain, Romney file for Missouri presidential primary

Although candidates have filed for Missouri's presidential primary, the state Republican party will choose delegates to the national convention through a caucus process.

Missouri House leader joins secretary of state race

Already running are Republicans Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer and Democrat Jason Kander.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder criticizes home-care backlog

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon came as he prepares to announce his intent to run against Nixon in the 2012 gubernatorial election.

Missouri senators return to Capitol for special session

Senate leadership said the chamber plans to ask House members for a formal negotiating session over economic development legislation.

Perry, Romney court religious conservatives

Controversial remarks by a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry sparked a response from supporters of Mitt Romney, who said "poisonous language has never advanced our cause."

Dan Atwill appointed presiding county commissioner

Dan Atwill, MU alumnus and Columbia attorney, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon; the Republican Central Committee is criticizing the appointment.

Texas Gov. Perry raises more than $17 million since mid-August

Despite struggling in recent debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not having problems raising money.

McCaskill among Congress members identified as top social media users

Advocacy groups have pointed to four members of Congress, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who effectively use social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr to reach constituents. McCaskill is in the top 10 for the highest number of Twitter followers.

John Brunner likely to announce Missouri Senate bid

John Brunner, a St. Louis area businessman who has been a donor and supporter of other campaigns in the past, is expected to be the third candidate in the Republican primary.

Boone County Republicans begin recommendation process for new commissioner

Anyone who would like to be considered for the recommendation for presiding county commissioner can start applying Friday. However, a spokesman for Gov. Nixon said the governor is under no obligation to appoint a candidate who has been recommended.

New Missouri courthouse dedicated to former Sen. Kit Bond

A federal courthouse in Jefferson City that was opened in August was officially named after former Sen. Kit Bond at a ceremony Tuesday.

City Council interviews three Planning and Zoning Commission candidates

The Columbia City Council interviewed Brent Brown, James Downey and Rusty Strodtman on Monday for a vacancy on the  Planning and Zoning Commission.

Robb's death prompts special commission meeting

County Clerk Wendy Noren is charged with designating a commissioner to preside over commission business.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb dies after attending Saturday party

Ed Robb, who was in his first year as Boone County presiding commissioner, was a former Republican state representative.

Redrawing Columbia's wards proves puzzling for representatives, residents

City efforts to redraw ward boundaries to equalize populations become tricky when representation for various factions of the community also are at stake.