The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October.
State Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, says threats from animal rights groups make the amendment necessary.
A combination of fiscal deadlines has led to a convergence of spending cuts and higher taxes set to take effect Jan. 1. Here's a look at the issues and the effect on the economy if lawmakers can't reach a deal.
Republican Bryan Spencer said the Francis Howell school board is playing political games.
Political budget compromise before New Year's deadline appears unlikely.
President Barack Obama returned early from a Hawaiian vacation while lawmakers snarled across a partisan divide, leaders in each party blaming the other for an episode of government gridlock that threatens the economy with a new recession.
House, Senate leaders say legislation prohibiting lawsuits related to occupational diseases will be among their priorities for the 2013 session of the General Assembly.
Raising taxes, changing immigration rules and looking at gun rights are all being taken into consideration as recent events have stirred more discussion and dissent with the GOP stances.
As lawmakers in Washington try to reach a deal to prevent "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts, the IRS has delayed releasing income tax withholding tables for 2013.
Even if Congress and the White House can't reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," the higher taxes and lower government spending that would follow would kick in only gradually. A recession is not guaranteed.
Gun rights advocates in Congress said they would consider gun control legislation as long as it also addresses mental health issues and the effects of violent video games.
As President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed to reach a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Boehner offered a "plan B" that would cancel tax increases for everyone earning $1 million or less.
Ten people chosen by their fellow Republican are gathering Monday at the Missouri Capitol to cast the state's Electoral College vote for president.
Despite being outspent 3-to-1 in his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Todd Akin recently reported $268,830 in debt as the end of his term as a congressman draws nearer.
The Federal Funds Information for States anticipates that if lawmakers in Washington do not compromise on averting the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could lose $125 million in federal funding, and the state's defense spending cuts could total over $1 billion.
Many states depend on federal grants to help finance education, environmental and community programs that are on the chopping block. And their state income tax revenues could rise or fall as a direct result of federal tax hikes.
All three lawmakers told the newspaper their experiences at the university helped shape their attitudes as public officials.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed not to release details of their weekend conversation, but aides emphasized that the lines of communication remain open.
A summary of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's finances released Friday shows she had less than $8,800 in her campaign account as of Nov. 26.
Despite publicly disavowing Todd Akin, the political committee for Republican senators quietly sent $760,000 to Missouri in a last-ditch attempt to aid Akin's unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill