Rep. Chris Kelly proposes increasing state cigarette tax

Rep. Chris Kelly wants voters to decide whether to raise Missouri's current 17-cent cigarette tax to 98 cents per pack.

St. Louis businessman might challenge McCaskill in Senate race

John Brunner, chairman of the health care products company Vi-Jon Inc., said Tuesday he is considering entering the 2012 Senate race.

Missouri governor supports new dog-breeding compromise

The new agreement removes the 50-dog limit like the Senate bill the Missouri legislature passed last week and also adds $1.1 million for dog breeding regulation and enforcement.

Missouri U.S. representatives, state lawmakers discuss redistricting

The results of a closed-door meeting among Republicans to discuss the redistricting process Monday remains unclear as representatives say they still have not reached an agreement surrounding new redistricting maps.

UPDATE: Senate approves millions in federal money for local school districts

The approval of a bill that allots $189 million for local school districts Monday will save Columbia Public Schools $3 million.

ANALYSIS: Missouri GOP lawmakers positioning for veto

The common characteristic of the four topics is that they carry some controversy — and thus are potential veto targets for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. And Republican legislative leaders want to put themselves in the best possible position in case they wish to attempt a veto override.

Michael W. Bradley sworn in as new associate circuit judge

After their usual Saturday morning routine at Lakota Coffee, the new judge and his wife went to the courthouse for the swearing-in ceremony.

Gov. Nixon appoints new associate circuit judge for Boone County

This position becomes available upon the appointment of Christine Carpenter as circuit judge.

Nixon reports raising $1.7 million for re-election

Gov. Jay Nixon's re-election campaign says fundraising shows strong early support.

Washington University seeks to host 2012 debate

The St. Louis university is one of 12  finalists in the running to host a presidential or vice presidential debate in 2012.

Missouri Senate bill tackles issues in health care transparency

The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that would force insurance companies to create websites telling people what their out-of-pocket expenses would be for various medical procedures with different health care providers. The bill will receive a third hearing, and a vote will move it to the House.

Missouri legislators pass workplace discrimination bill

The bill would require fired employees filing discrimination suits to prove the discrimination was the motivating factor in their dismissal. It would also limit the amount of punitive damages they can receive.

Most people won't notice these big budget cuts

The trimming makes up a small portion of the overall budget and mostly won't affect the services people expect from government.

Missouri press opposes bill to make crime scene photos closed records

The Missouri Press Association says a bill that would severely limit records to crime scene images is detrimental to a free press and an open government.

Missouri Senate pledges additional $20 million to higher education

The proposed money would help decrease student costs such as course fees for students across the state, but would not affect the planned tuition increases.

UPDATE: Missouri's Democratic attorney general fights health care mandate

Chris Koster broke with his party to file an amicus brief that says the new law requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance is unconstitutional.

Senate committee passes House redistricting plan

The redistricting plan was passed by a 4-3 vote and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor. There, the House's plan will be put up against the Senate's plan.

Nixon to tout report by economic growth panel

The report by a commission of business leaders from around the state has recommendations on how Missouri can boost its economy.

Missouri bill would close graphic crime images

To view the images, a person would have to get written permission from the victim's family or a court order.

Columbia officials weigh in on campaign endorsements

The president of the Columbia Professional Firefighters said the union has no plans to stay on the sidelines in future municipal elections. Organizations' endorsements were a lightning rod in this year's City Council election.