'Ordinary' Columbia resident Vangeli running for U.S. Senate

Francis Vangeli of Columbia believes it's time for ordinary citizens to run the federal government.

Voter registrations must be in by Wednesday for August primary

Voters must mail their registration or go to the county clerk's office by 5 p.m. Wednesday in order to vote in August's primary election.

Obama visiting Kansas City on Thursday

The president will stump for Robin Carnahan and make a stop to talk about the economy.

UPDATE: Missouri House passes legislation affecting tax breaks, pensions

In a special session, the Missouri House extended tax breaks to seniors, data centers and manufacturers in the transportation center. The House also voted on changes that require state employees to make payments toward their pensions.

Missouri House votes to tighten state worker pensions

New legislation raises retirement age and requires workers to contribute part of their pay toward pensions.

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dead at 92

Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He had been in the hospital since late last week.

Paws lighten tension of governing in Congress

Many employees on Capitol Hill work with their dogs underfoot.

Missouri lawmakers hold special session on Ford incentives

The initiative to provide incentives to keep Ford Motor Co. in the state seemed to have majority support during the special session. Most of the legislative work will begin next week.

Obama to visit Missouri to raise funds for Carnahan campaign

Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan's senatorial campaign in Kansas City.

Kansas City residents sue over Missouri budget cut

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare Gov. Jay Nixon's directives for school funding illegal and to order the state to pay Kansas City schools under a separate plan approved by the legislature.

Purgason launches radio ads in Missouri Senate race

Purgason has begun airing ads criticizing Republican front-runner Roy Blunt as a "Washington insider."

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.