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.

State tourism division won't fund Tour of Missouri

The state division of tourism has no plans to spend money on the Tour of Missouri bicycle event next year, even though the Missouri legislature budgeted $1 million to help fund the event. The bike race could continue if private funds are raised.

Missouri Senate passes K2 ban treating substance same as marijuana

The Senate made possession of 35 grams and more of K2 a felony. The revised bill now needs House approval.

Missouri budget director, budget chair dispute meaning of April revenue numbers

April reveune numbers have legistalors wondering if Missouri's economy is recovering or declining.

Candidate for Boone County Presiding Commissioner disqualified

Bondi Wood, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Boone County Presiding Commissioner, has been disqualified from the race for failing to file a personal financial disclosure statement by the deadline.

Supremacist says he is legitimate Senate candidate

F. Glenn Miller purchased radio ads in March that contained racist messages and criticized Jews, immigrants and minorities.

Missouri House candidates disqualified from primary

Sixteen candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives were disqualifed from the primaries for missing a key deadline.

St. Louis wants to host 2012 Democratic Convention

St. Louis announces plans to host the next Democratic National Convention. The last time the city hosted a national convention was in 1916.

Obama: Same-sex partners should have hospital access

Hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must let patients choose which persons, including gay and lesbian partners, can visit them and help make critical health decisions, President Barack Obama said Thursday.