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Lawsuit challenges Missouri health care referendum

The ballot measure would defy the federal health care law requiring most Americans to have insurance or face fines, starting in 2014.

Gov. Nixon visits Columbia plant, aims to keep Ford in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon visited Columbia auto workers and touted legislation aimed at keeping Ford Motor Co. in Missouri.

Nixon making case for special legislative session during trip to Columbia

Nixon planned to speak Tuesday to a Columbia factory that makes axles for Ford Motor Co. The governor is considering calling a special session starting June 28 on legislation providing incentives for companies that make factory improvements for new products.

October trial date set for former Missouri House Speaker Jetton

Attorney fired over Blunt e-mails to make run for Congress

Scott Eckersley is running as a Democrat for the same seat currently held by former Gov. Matt Blunt's father, Roy Blunt.

McCaskill meeting with veterans in Missouri this week

Her itinerary includes a stop in Columbia on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: Missouri ethics debate splits on money cap

The ethics bill passed by the General Assembly on Friday does not include renewed caps on campaign donations.

Too many questions remain for passage of Missouri text-messaging ban

 One lawmaker said the original age restriction was meant to be a compromise, and the ban should apply to everyone, not just those under age 21. 

ANALYSIS: Missouri lawmakers achieve partial success

Despite some officially upbeat assessments, the session ended Friday with a ho-hum evaluation from many rank-and-file lawmakers.

Ethics, tax credit focus of final day of 2010 legislative session

Here's a wrap-up of the action from the last day of the Missouri General Assembly's 2010 session.

Missouri legislature approves autism bill, continues work on ethics, DWI bills

The Missouri legislature began moving on several major issues during its final week of the 2010 session. These issues included ethics reform, insurance for families with autistic children, plumbing restrictions and a jobs bill.

Civic-minded couple leaving Columbia after seven years

Nancy and Phil Harter are moving back to the East Coast after seven years of committing to Columbia's academic and political communities.

Missouri lawmakers apparently reach agreement on bill changing ethics rules

Missouri House and Senate negotiators seemed to have reached an agreement on Wednesday on rules guiding the ethics of moving money between committees.

Law professor: Obama's pick for Supreme Court is nonconfrontational

Kagan would bring diversity to the Supreme Court's way of thinking, says an MU Law School Professor. "It's not really ideologically charged," Richard Reuben said. "It's not a nomination that's going to make the other side mad."

Officials: Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

Obama will officially announce his choice at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the White House alongside Vice President Joe Biden. Kagan will also speak.

'Must-have' bills linger as legislative session nears end

With only one week remaining in Missouri's legislative session, there are still several bills labeled as "must haves" that have yet to pass.

ANALYSIS: Missouri budget balance hangs on assumptions

An Associated Press analysis shows that of reductions in the budget, only about 40 percent are actual cuts in state spending (in which programs would receive less money in 2011 than they were budgeted to receive in 2010).

Ethics reform passes Missouri House in controversial fashion

The bill includes a number of controversial measures and still faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

 

Missouri Senate passes autism bill

With an overwhelming majority, the Missouri Senate passed Thursday a bill to require health insurance coverage for children with autism. The bill awaits a final vote by the House, where it has failed the past two years

VIDEO: Interns capitalize on education in Jefferson City

Amanda Wheeler and Sally McVey have a chance to apply their education with internships at the Missouri State Capitol. Both girls drive to the capital every Tuesday and Thursday to experience the fast-paced world of Missouri politics.

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