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Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

The judge's order will prevent the law signed into effect last week from being published March 25.

Protesters briefly interrupt Nixon appearance

About 20 protesters from the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment interrupted Gov. Jay Nixon's appearance in St. Louis on Friday.

Missouri House passes organ donor tax checkoff option

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. 

UPDATE: Missouri Senate backs early presidential primary

If held before March, Missouri's primary presidential election could violate new guidelines set by the national Republican and Democratic parties.

UPDATE: Missouri House members mull ban on international laws

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would prevent courts from considering international and Sharia law.

States consider legislator layoffs to trim budgets

With state budgets getting tighter, some legislators would like to downsize themselves.

Missouri Senate backs early presidential primary

The Senate approved an amendment setting Missouri's 2012 presidential primary one week after New Hampshire's.

Missouri House members mull ban on international laws

Don Wells, R-Cabool, sponsored the bill because he thinks courts should only consider laws developed in the U.S.

Struggling states might cancel or delay primaries

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 empowered in Wisconsin protest

Columbia woman Nirtana Goodman said she was impressed by the civility and democratic process demonstrated in the peaceful protest in Madison, Wis.

Missouri Senate takes on 'right to work'

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.

Missouri House bill would allow injured workers to choose own doctor

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.

Diversity, "Snowmageddon" highlights of candidate forum

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.

Bill seeks service-animal rights for those with mental disabilities

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.

League of Women Voters forum to address energy, stipend issues

Candidates for the Columbia City Council, Columbia School Board and Boone Hospital Board of Trustees will answer questions about issues on the April ballot.

Bill would prevent governor from charging travel to other agencies

The measure presented to the House Budget Committee would prevent all statewide elected officials from charging other agencies for their travel.

House votes against adding voting student to UM Board of Curators

Two of the board's members will now come from the same congressional district.

UPDATE: Oil prices hit highest level since September 2008

The rise in cost comes as the country's unemployment rate has lowered, indicating that more people are driving to work as pump prices soar.

Missouri lawmakers propose an expiration date for state regulations

Republican Senator Bob Dixon says an automatic expiration date would give the public more say in state regulations.

Missouri House votes to repeal corporate franchise tax

Two similar, but separate bills, one approved by the House and the other approved by the Senate, aim to repeal the corporate franchise tax in Missouri.

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