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Cunningham opts against U.S. house race, staying in state senate

Sen. Jane Cunningham feels she can have a greater influence in the state Senate.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder pays back more expenses after state audit

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was forced to pay an additional $1,889 for in-state hotel expenses. He previously had to repay the state $52,300.

Nixon vetoes bill delaying sprinkler mandate

The bill would have given group homes an extra two years to install fire sprinkler systems.

Columbia gamers see validation in Supreme Court ruling

Gamers say violent or not, video games are an art form, so they're happy the Supreme Court gave games a little love in a ruling early this week.

City Council to vote on additional member to Reapportionment Committee

A Monday vote will decide if another member will be added following questions of lack of minority representation. Mayor Bob McDavid said the resolution would only apply to the current committee.

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel launches re-election bid

Zweifel is running for a second term. He was first elected in 2008.

Columbia city manager appoints Greg Slinkard as new internal auditor

Greg Slinkard, who will retire from his position as audit manager with the Missouri auditor's office July 1, begins his job as internal auditor for Columbia on July 11.

House Republicans reject own debt limit proposal without spending cuts

With the rejection of the national debt limit increase, political maneuvering, which has become more common in recent years, might be practiced on legislation to raise the debt limit to seek authority to borrow additional trillions of dollars.

City Manager Mike Matthes releases State of the City address

City Manager Mike Matthes addresses the recession and his focus for the upcoming year in his State of the City address.

Belcher's volunteer army attacks achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools and beyond

Fighting the achievement gap is more than just a school issue — it's a community issue. Volunteers from the community are taking up arms against the problems at the core.

Steelman criticizes Akin to kickoff GOP Senate primary

Only a day after he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Todd Akin is getting criticized for his vote on the debt limit. Sarah Steelman, former Missouri Treasurer, said he has become part of the Washington establishment.

Missouri bill broadens ban on teacher-student sex

Missouri law already makes it a felony for teachers, student teachers, school employees and volunteers for school programs to have sexual contact with a student while on school property or school buses. The bill now makes such activity illegal off school property.

Rep. Akin announces he will run for McCaskill's Senate seat

So far, Akin and Sarah Steelman, former state treasurer, have announced their candidacies for the office.

City Council rejects East Campus upzoning request

The Columbia City Council voted to reject a request that would have allowed two East Campus houses to house four unrelated residents instead of three.

Grass Roots Organizing heads to Ohio for JPMorgan Chase protest

Members of Grass Roots Organizing, including Columbia residents, are traveling to the JPMorgan Chase shareholders meeting to protest the federal government's support of the banking industry.

ANALYSIS: Nixon waited, mediated on Missouri legislation this session

Gov. Jay Nixon often waited to jump into contentious issues during the 2011 legislative session. But, while this approach may have been frustrating to some lawmakers, he seemed capable of uniting diverse interests.

Sen. Claire McCaskill urges end to oil company tax breaks

The Missouri Democrat co-sponsored a measure that would cut off subsidies such as a deduction originally intended to boost manufacturing. It would close a loophole that allows oil companies to shield themselves from taxes by deducting royalties paid to foreign governments.

Missouri lawmakers plan to study pay of state workers

Legislators approved a resolution creating a 10-member joint House and Senate committee to examine the salaries of state employees. The panel will compare Missouri's wages to those of other states.

Organ donation tax check off passes in Missouri Senate

The legislation would let individuals donate $2 or more to the Organ Donor Program Fund through a check-off box on their state income tax forms.

Missouri Senate approves March presidential primary

The legislation would keep Missouri in compliance with rules set by the national Democratic and Republican parties.

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