First Ward candidates focused on issues related to affirmative action, while Fifth Ward candidates discussed erosion, energy-efficient homes and the Office of Neighborhood Services.
Nine city council and school board candidates are expected to attend for a question and answer session.
Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer gave little indication of what he wants cut, but noted that there are possible savings in restructuring and paring back the state's tax credits.
Opposing groups held rallies in front of the Columbia Planned Parenthood office Saturday.
The judge's order will prevent the law signed into effect last week from being published March 25.
About 20 protesters from the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment interrupted Gov. Jay Nixon's appearance in St. Louis on Friday.
The Missouri House passed legislation that would give taxpayers the option of contributing to the organ donor fund through a list of checkoff options on their tax forms. The measure now goes to the Senate.
If held before March, Missouri's primary presidential election could violate new guidelines set by the national Republican and Democratic parties.
A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would prevent courts from considering international and Sharia law.
With state budgets getting tighter, some legislators would like to downsize themselves.
The Senate approved an amendment setting Missouri's 2012 presidential primary one week after New Hampshire's.
Don Wells, R-Cabool, sponsored the bill because he thinks courts should only consider laws developed in the U.S.
Missouri is among at least six cash-strapped states in which lawmakers are looking into holding caucuses or pushing back presidential primaries to save millions of dollars. Missouri's primary could move to June.
Columbia woman Nirtana Goodman said she was impressed by the civility and democratic process demonstrated in the peaceful protest in Madison, Wis.
A bill to end unions' collective bargaining in Missouri and begin 'right to work' has made it to the Senate floor. The bill faces oppositions from unions who say the bill will weaken unions.
Workers' compensation recipients could choose their own medical provider after on-the-job injuries to diagnose whether an injury is job-related or pre-existing.
City Council candidates discussed a variety of issues during a forum Tuesday night at the Columbia Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
The Missouri House heard a bill Wednesday that would extend the right to have a service dog to people with "invisible" disabilities such as autism and traumatic brain injury.
Candidates for the Columbia City Council, Columbia School Board and Boone Hospital Board of Trustees will answer questions about issues on the April ballot.
The measure presented to the House Budget Committee would prevent all statewide elected officials from charging other agencies for their travel.