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U.S. House votes to repeal health care law

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the legislation will not see the light of day there, but the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said bluntly, "I assure you we will" have a vote on it.

Gov. Nixon's State of the State speech

The text from the governor's address Wednesday.

Missouri finances up, but spending cuts remain

Nixon's budget director Linda Luebbering said Missouri revenues are still forecast to fall short of the original budget.

Missouri House rejects ban on smoking in Capitol offices

Lawmakers voted Thursday to prohibit smoking in a gallery reserved for members in the back of the chamber, but rejected a ban on smoking in their own offices.

Missouri House committees to consider two priority bills

House committees are looking at a bill that would require drug-testing for people who receive cash welfare payments and a bill that offers tax deductions for small businesses that create full-time jobs.

Missouri Senate committee chairmen selected

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer has selected leaders for the chamber's 18 committees.

Tom Schweich takes office as Missouri auditor

As auditor, Schweich pledged Monday to look for ways to make government function better at a lower cost.

Schweich being sworn into office as Missouri auditor

He is the only state official being sworn into office Monday.

Group seeks to swap state income tax for sales tax

Backers filed nine versions of a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase out income taxes while levying a state sales tax on more purchases.

Missouri officials outraged by Arizona shooting rampage

Black Caucus swears in first GOP member in years

Allen West of Florida was sworn in Wednesday.

Former Sen. Bond joins St. Louis law firm

The Republican decided to not seek re-election and said he will work primarily out of Thompson Coburn's Washington, D.C., office.

Nixon to give State of State speech Jan. 19

Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

DEAR READER: Let the lobbying commence on repealing Prop B

The intensity and interest in Proposition B is evident in the discussion on ColumbiaMissourian.com. Can we reframe the debate as the legislature talks of repeal?

Obama expected to name new top advisor in early January

The replacement for departing National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers will largely influence the administration's efforts to help reduce unemployment and improve the economy.

Missouri loses congressional seat with 2010 census

The state will elect eight representatives to the U.S. House in 2012, rather than nine. The change also creates an issue for the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

ANALYSIS: Reality tempers spending recommendations in Missouri

Pay raises have been replaced by layoffs. Federal stimulus money is about to run out. Tax revenues are below last year's levels. Gov. Jay Nixon is projecting a budget gap equal to almost 10 percent of Missouri's general revenues. Reality is tempering recommendations for state spending.

Report shows Steelman funds not 'terror free'

Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman encouraged investors to avoid doing business with companies that sponsored terrorism, but reports show that she owned investments with companies engaged in the activities she denounced.

Gov. Nixon confirms he will seek re-election

Nixon has his eyes set on a second four-year term.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon confirms he will seek re-election

Nixon's campaign said the governor has raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections.

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