UPDATE: GOP-led legislature pledges to cut taxes, increase business opportunities

In all, there will be 12 state senators and 56 state House members who last year were not serving in their current legislative chamber.

UPDATE: New Missouri Republican chair plans more aggressive approach

Party chairman Ed Martin said Republicans need to do a better job of defining their opponents in the Democratic Party.

More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

House Speaker John Boehner implored the assembly of newcomers and veterans in the 113th Congress to tackle the nation's heavy burden of debt at long last.

Janet Thompson sworn in as new Boone County commissioner

Janet Thompson was the only new face in the group in a ceremony at the Boone County Government Center. Seven other county officials were sworn in by County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Congress staves off 'fiscal cliff' tax hikes, spending cuts

In addition to neutralizing middle-class tax increases and spending cuts taking effect with the new year, the legislation will raise tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

UPDATE: House to vote on 'fiscal cliff' bill approved by Senate

The Senate-approved compromise to avert the "fiscal cliff" ran headlong into opposition earlier in the day from the No. 2 House Republican and other GOP lawmakers Tuesday.

Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

Democratic officials said that barring opposition from majority Democrats, a late-night Senate vote was possible on the deal.

Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks

Republicans withdrew a long-discussed proposal to slow future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients as part of a compromise to avoid the cliff.

'Fiscal cliff' budget battle sends mixed signals on health care

The president's health care overhaul will add coverage for millions of currently uninsured people, but the medical industry also is facing higher taxes and a potential reduction in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Lloyd Smith to seek 8th District nomination

The executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, who was also a former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, announced his plan to seek the nomination on Friday.

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

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.

Proposed House resolution aims to enshrine farming, hunting, fishing rights in constitution

State Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, says threats from animal rights groups make the amendment necessary.

Guide to the 'fiscal cliff': Hard or soft landing?

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.

Teacher elected to state House denied leave of absence

Republican Bryan Spencer said the Francis Howell school board is playing political games.

World markets decline as U.S. nears fiscal cliff

Political budget compromise before New Year's deadline appears unlikely.

UPDATE: Obama invites congressional leaders to cliff talk

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.

Republicans eager to tackle workers' compensation

House, Senate leaders say legislation prohibiting lawsuits related to occupational diseases will be among their priorities for the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

ANALYSIS: GOP shows signs of bending after election defeat

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.

Don't be fooled by January pay — higher taxes loom

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.

'Fiscal cliff' tax increases, spending cuts would hurt economy gradually

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.