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Bryan Cave partner appointed deputy AG

President Barack Obama granted a recess appointment to James Cole, a Bryan Cave partner who was nominated to become deputy attorney general.

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Close vote brings scrutiny to Rizzo-Royster race

Newly elected state Rep. John Rizzo, left, shares a laugh with his father, Jackson County Legislative Chairman Henry Rizzo, right, at a meeting of the Legislature on Dec. 6. Also shown is Legislator James Tindall Sr. John Rizzo eked out the narrowest of victories over Will Royster in the August Democratic primary for a Kansas City legislative seat. Now Royster is taking his fight to the Missouri House, where he has urged its incoming leader to investigate the election.

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Redistricting looms over 2011 session

U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves announces apportionment totals Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and the states that gained and lost seats in the House of Representatives. Missouri will lose a congressional seat for the first time since 1980.

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Rep. Clay opposes Ross nomination

A Democratic U.S. representative is opposing President Barack Obama’s nominee to a judgeship in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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Insufficient funds fees plummet

Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Webb, left, talks with Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd, as other attorneys work nearby in their cramped office at the Platte County Courthouse. Fewer bad checks mean fewer dollars in prosecutors’ bad-checks accounts, which they can use for office improvements.

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No Congress since 1960s has impact on public as 111th

President Barack Obama signs an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts, with Vice President Joe Biden, left, members of Congress and administration officials in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17.

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Missouri to lose congressional seat

U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves announces apportionment totals Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and the states that gained and lost seats in the House of Representatives. Missouri will lose a congressional seat for the first time since 1980.

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Clay opposes Ross nomination

A Democratic U.S. representative is opposing President Barack Obama’s nominee to a judgeship in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, left, has taken issue with Judge John Ross’ handling of a fire department case.

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Federal health care law would be ‘up for grabs’ at Supreme Court

The focus of the debate over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is already turning toward the U.S. Supreme Court, even though it may be years before the justices resolve the law’s constitutionality.

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