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'Historic' deal to avoid first government shutdown in 15 years

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached an historic agreement just before the deadline late Friday night to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first federal closure in 15 years.

Shutdown in sight with time running out on Congress

A temporary federal spending measure expires at midnight Friday. A government shutdown would furlough workers considered nonessential, while essential workers would stay on the job.

GOP seeks 1-week extension as government shutdown looms

Republicans are seeking a one-week extension of the funding bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the main issues holding up the bill are reproductive rights and clean air.

Missouri Senate bill would create online healthcare estimates

Online price estimates could allow people to see their out-of-pocket costs for various medical procedures and tests under the proposed legislation.

Missouri lawmakers call for stiffer anti-bullying rules

Some House representatives want school districts to create policies against cyberbullying and to strengthen on-campus anti-bullying rules.

Missouri Senate backs eased disclosure of adoption information

One part of the bill would make it easier for adopted adults or their descendants to find out information about their biological parents if those parents have died.

Republicans and Democrats face off, government shutdown imminent

President Barack Obama is negotiating with Republicans in proposed budget cuts. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer blamed the tea party movement. 

Fox News drops Glenn Beck's afternoon talk show

The show will end later this year, but the station and Glenn Beck said they will continue to work together to create new projects.

Anthony rides managed-growth platform to Fifth Ward victory

Helen Anthony beat Glen Ehrhardt by about 200 votes for a seat on the Columbia City Council.

Fred Schmidt wins bid for First Ward City Council seat

Fred Schmidt, the treasurer for the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Foundation, was elected Tuesday to represent the First Ward on the Columbia City Council.

House Committee passes redistricting plan

After census data showed that Missouri grew at a rate slower than the rest of the country, the state Senate and House approved a redistricting plan that separates Missouri into eight districts rather than nine.

Senate plans to compromise on extending unemployment benefits

Failing to pass an unemployment benefits extension at the end of March, the Senate leadership will try again to pass the proposal Thursday. If passed, $105 million in federal money would extend benefits for an additional 20 weeks.

Senate proceeds with local control of St. Louis Police Department

A Senate Financial Committee approved the bill that would allow the City of St. Louis to take control of its police department over from the state.

Missouri House committee asks Nixon to protest federal health care

The house rules committee passed a resolution to call on Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to write a letter opposing federal health care with a vote of 7-4. Some say that the resolution doesn't reflect the opinion of the Missouri General Assembly.

Obama launches re-election bid via e-mail, website

The president said he is filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to start a campaign some say could lead to more than $1 billion in fundraising.

Last City Council candidate forum addresses African-American community

The four candidates for the First Ward seat addressed race relations in the central city ward.

First Ward forum to choose consensus candidate for black vote

The Saturday event also includes a potluck dinner.

Missouri House passes $23 billion budget for next fiscal year

The budget bill now moves to the Senate, where it could face opposition from some Republicans who were looking to make deeper cuts.

McCaskill's re-election bid could be dogged by plane revelations

The Missouri senator has spent four years working on initiatives to curb government spending and abuse. Republicans say that image has been irreparably damaged by the plane episode.

Campaign finance reports released for Columbia City Council hopefuls

The reports show that each Fifth Ward candidate has spent more than the four First Ward candidates combined.

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