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.

Chamber of Commerce endorsement, infrastructure focus of Muleskinners candidate forum

Candidates for the First and Fifth Ward City Council positions answered questions from the public Friday at Stephens College.

Sen. Claire McCaskill's town hall forum highlights diverse concerns

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed issues brought forth by Columbia residents at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

House votes unanimously for Nixon's complete travel transparency

The House approved a bill which had an amendment attached that will require transparency of the governor's travel expenses.

UPDATE: Missouri legislature endorses limits on hog farm suits

Supporters of the bill fear costly nuisance lawsuits filed against large-scale animal farms by their neighbors could push agriculture out of the state.

Missouri charter schools could expand under proposed bill

The Missouri House will discuss a bill that would allow charter schools in districts outside Kansas City and St. Louis City. Supporters believe it will give parents more options for their children's education.

Minimum wage bill could affect future wage increases

At $7.25, Missouri's minimum wage is at the same amount as the federal standard. Lawmakers are deciding whether to keep them the same in the future.

Missouri lawmaker wants candidates to prove citizenship

The measure would require political parties to submit proof of citizenship for presidential and vice presidential nominees.

Redistricting presents challenge for Missouri lawmakers

Because of the results of the 2010 census, Missouri is losing a congressional seat. Missouri lawmakers must reapportion the state into eight districts.

House to debate English-only driver's tests

The Missouri House will review a bill that would require driver's tests to be taken in English.

House committee to consider Nixon's higher education budget

The chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee said the budget — which reduces funding by 7 percent — should pass the committee unchanged. 

States' measure to repeal federal laws divides Missouri House

The proposal to allow states to repeal federal laws met with different opinions in the House.

Proposed bills would ban smoking on Missouri prison grounds

Bills filed in both the House and Senate would prohibit smoking or the use of tobacco products anywhere on the grounds of state correctional facilities.

Missouri legislator wants stronger protection for voter-backed laws

A Missouri House member's proposal states that for two years after voters approve a measure, the legislature would need a two-thirds majority vote to change it.

Budget cuts proposed for statewide elected officials

The bill to cut state offices' budgets received approval by the House Appropriations Committee on General Administration. It will face further approval before it can be voted on in the House.