States' choices on Obama's health overhaul set up national experiment

The Affordable Care Act is unfolding as an experiment to decide whether the states or the federal government will do a better job getting uninsured people covered. 

UPDATE: Missouri Democrats in flux for vacant U.S. House seat

State Rep. Linda Black, of Bonne Terre, announced Thursday that she would not seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

Obama tells Congress: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

In specific proposals for his second term, President Barack Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation's roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old.

In State of the Union, Obama expected to stress jobs, gun control

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings and with the economy still struggling to make a comeback, the president will address proposals to increase gun control and boost job numbers.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO: Obama delivers State of the Union address

President Barack Obama is delivering the State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening in Washington. YouTube is streaming live video of the president's speech from the White House website.

After speech, supporters to promote Obama agenda

The White House will focus on using social media to engage the public on the proposals Obama will outline during the prime-time address Tuesday.

Missouri universities, colleges $388 million shy of target funding, report states

The General Assembly's Joint Committee on Education on Monday revealed a new model for funding public colleges and universities.

Once GOP stronghold, West veers into Dems' column

Several factors, including an expanding immigrant population and a growing number of people moving from more liberal states, have caused western states like Nevada, New Mexico and Washington to lean Democratic.

Obama presses liberal agenda as he starts second term

President Barack Obama, emboldened by his victory in November and free from the burden of having to run for re-election, hopes to push progressive legislation through a divided Congress in his second term.

Missouri leader removes fellow Democrat from committees

Rep. Jake Hummel said he replaced Rep. Penny Hubbard on four committees with other Democrats because of her actions Wednesday and additional past issues that have included her office space and other votes.

Nixon sets June special election to choose Rep. Emerson's successor

Republican and Democratic party committees are to nominate candidates for the special election.

UPDATE: Republicans mark 10 years of power in Missouri House

About 130 current and former Republicans lawmakers and staff gathered at the Capitol for a nearly two-hour ceremony celebrating their majority.

Columbia man enthusiastic to attend Obama's second inauguration

Arthur Nunn left Columbia on Friday morning to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration Monday in Washington, D.C.

Obama eyes a legacy: 'You can make it if you try'

Barack Obama's second-term agenda includes immigration, a simpler tax system and a bigger emphasis on education and energy.

QUIZ: Match the president to his Inauguration Day quote

In honor of Inauguration Day, we've compiled a list of memorable quotes from past inauguration speeches. Can you guess which presidents said the following quotes?

Before second term begins, Obama cites commitment to service

Officials estimated that as many as 800,000 people will attend Monday's public ceremonies. That's more than live in Washington, D.C., if far fewer than the 1.8 million who were at Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

What you should know about Barack Obama's second inauguration

President Barack Obama has chosen to use two Bibles during his swearing-in — one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and the other by Abraham Lincoln.

Four years in, Obama shifts strategy, outlook

As Barack Obama enters his second term as president, he is sounding more confident, vowing a harder line on negotiations, relying more on trusted allies, promising less and expressing more cynicism about the grip of partisanship on Washington.

Obama demands quick action to raise debt limit

Lawmakers face three distinct deadlines before April 1. The debt limit must be raised to prevent a default, a series of across-the-board spending cuts is to kick in on March 1, and funding for most government programs will run out on March 27.

Questions surround process for replacing lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is seeking the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is resigning from Congress.