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Updated Oct 23, 2014 at 12:43 AM

JEFFERSON CITY — When balancing the budget, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has some of the most expansive powers among his peers. He can reduce spending for anything he chooses, and has done so repeatedly.But a proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would flip that around. If approved, proposed Constitutional Amendment 10 would give Missouri lawmakers the final say on state spending by allowing them to override a governor's budget cuts.The ballot measure is rooted in a six-year spat...

Posted Oct 16, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Wednesday had some sharp words for the way state government is run. He gave a clear endorsement for repealing term limits, saying they have damaged the effectiveness of the Legislature.Voters...

Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents of a new Missouri constitutional farming right asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn the close election results, asserting that some voters were misled to support it.The legal challenge...

Updated Oct 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A bill that would decriminalize the cultivation of small amounts of marijuana in Columbia has been endorsed by one city panel after two other commissions withheld their support.The Columbia Disabilities...

Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri's main health care and retirement plans are expanding benefits to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling requiring the state to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere.The decisions about...

Updated Oct 8, 2014 at 12:52 AM

JEFFERSON CITY – Too many public entities are violating Missouri's open-government laws by meeting in closed sessions without giving a good reason or by discussing things behind closed doors that they shouldn't be, the state auditor said...

Updated Oct 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Same-sex marriage advocates said Monday they expect it's just a matter of time before Missouri allows the unions, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for their expansion.Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from...

Updated Oct 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

JEFFERSON CITY — A new Missouri law requiring a 72-hour abortion waiting period is set to take effect this week, and the state's only licensed abortion clinic isn't planning to try to stop it.Although Planned Parenthood officials...

Updated Oct 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

FRESNO, Calif. – A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Missouri and five other states asking the court to strike down a California law barring the sale of eggs in the state produced by hens in cramped living...

Updated Sep 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Missouri doesn't allow first cousins to legally marry, but recognizes such marriages if they were legally performed in other states. The same goes for couples who were too young to wed in Missouri but were allowed to do so elsewhere.An...

Updated Sep 23, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Tension marks education goals rewriteBy Summer Ballentine and David A. LiebAssociated PressJEFFERSON CITY – An effort to rewrite Missouri's educational standards got off to a tense and sometimes...

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