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3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum


This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President.  But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law. 

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Business & Tech
5:13 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Oil Pipeline Mapped Beyond Kansas City Outskirts

Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, at right, spoke of the Keystone Pipeline at Kansas City energy forum
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s Governor used a forum sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute to promote a pipeline  planned to traverse  the state to carry Canadian crude oil.

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7:18 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Missouri Gaming Chair Steps Down

Jim Mathewson
Missouri Senate website

The Missouri Gaming Commission is looking for a new chairman.  Jim Mathewson announced he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired. 

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9:12 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ACLU urges Missouri Governor Nixon to veto a bill protecting worship services to protect freedom of speech.  The Missouri Senate race is close.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Housing Crisis
5:23 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Missouri Among States Spending Mortgage Settlement On Other Priorities

Missouri is one of more than a dozen states using funds from a $25 billion mortgage settlement to plug unrelated budget gaps, according to the New York Times and a report from Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing group.

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8:12 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Storm chasers cause problems for emergency crews.  Budget negotiations continue in the Missouri Statehouse.  Kansas legislators look at budget changes to avoid deficits.  It's a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:24 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon Wants Money For Vets’ Homes, Blind Pensions

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to fund veterans’ homes, pensions for the blind and other specific needs in the still-unfinished state budget. 

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3:05 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Missouri Governor Stays Out Of Tobacco Tax Debate


While supporters of raising Missouri’s cigarette tax wrap up their petition gathering efforts in the next week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has reaffirmed his distance from the initiative. 

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8:19 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kansas City leaders look at the role of the city health care tax, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and House GOP leaders negotiate over workplace discrimination and workers’ comp bills, and more.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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3:23 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Nixon Calls For Restored Funding Of Services For Visually Impaired

Governor Nxion meets with people outside Services for Independent Living in Columbia, Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is calling on the Missouri House to restore health care funding for blind people after a committee voted last week to cut the program from next year’s budget.

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5:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Opera Explores Tensions And Symbolism In Nixon's Visit To China

Supertitles (text of the lyrics) will be provided during performances of "Nixon in China" as pictured here during the dress rehearsal.
Laura Spencer KCUR

It’s difficult today to imagine a time when the United States and China didn’t have trade relations or communicate at all. But, in 1972, President Richard Nixon’s visit to China, a once-demonized Communist regime, was heralded as “the week that changed the world.”

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4:21 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Construction Nears For New Bloch Complex At UMKC

Model of new building at UMKC Bloch School of Management.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

An addition to the UMKC  Henry W. Bloch School of Management moved closer to construction today as architects put a mockup of the $32 million structure on display.

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7:31 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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3:08 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fewer Jobs Likely To Follow Missouri Education Cuts

University of Missouri Curators' Interim President Stephen Owens speaks of budget woes with reporters in Kansas City.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of a twelve-and-a-half percent cut in state funding for higher education in 2013.

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7:25 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 23, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Governor Nixon: Avoid Tuition Hikes Despite Budget Cuts
  • MODOT Looks To Private Sector Not Voters For I-70 Tolls
  • Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

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Missouri Statehouse
8:59 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Nixon's State Of The State On KCUR


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will give his fourth State of the State address tonight, during which he's expected to outline his plan for making more budget cuts without raising taxes. 

KCUR will carry the speech from Nixon, who's running for reelection this year, live beginning at 7 p.m. Coverage will include both the Governor’s speech and the Republican response. 

7:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Children's Mercy Hospital
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Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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7:34 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Kansas City Schools Called “Worst In Nation”; Mayor Focuses on District Takeover
  • Nixon Takes Back Higher Education Funding Proposal
  • Feds Reject Kansas Waiver
  • Children’s Book Becomes Opera

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3:26 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Preview: Missouri Legislative Session

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City on Wednesday for the start of this year’s legislative session. 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget.

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9:41 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 30, 2011

* New Leader For Missouri Business Jobs Growth
* Landmark Kansas City Church Burns, Service Programs Survive
* Funds Tallied To Defend Kansas Abortion Laws

New Leader For Missouri Business-Jobs Growth

Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to name a new director for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Nixon planned to announce his choice this morning during a speech in Kansas City.

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7:33 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:

  • President In Kansas Calls For Unified Economic Fix
  • Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time
  • Judge Won’t Dismiss Missouri Auditor’s Lawsuit Against Nixon
  • KCPD Doubles Response to Gangs
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9:59 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Dedication of Kansas City's New Performing Arts Center

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Kauffman Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James attended the ribbon cutting.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Officials gathered Tuesday to mark the dedication of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - and its new city-funded parking garage.

Kansas City, Mo. – Officials gathered Tuesday to mark the dedication of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - and its new city-funded parking garage.

Kauffman Center Chairman of the Board Julia Irene Kauffman said the project was personal and close to her heart since its inception, nearly two decades ago. She credits the collaborative approach.

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10:24 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Missouri Governor Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill and "thumbing her nose at the clear will of Missourians."

The State GOP also accused Governor Jay Nixon of ducking the issue altogether.

Nixon did respond to a question about the ruling during a press conference in Columbia on Monday.

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4:59 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

More Proof of Changing Show-Me Electorate

Governor holds unusually high approval numbers.
kcur news archive photo

Kansas City, MO – Missouri's Governor has a higher degree of crossover support than most governors in the country. A newly released poll shows Jay Nixon in a strong position halfway through his first term to win a second one.

The independent Public Policy Polling has interesting findings. One is that Nixon is weaker with Democratic voters than most Democratic governors around the U.S. But his numbers with independents and Republicans more than make up for tepid support from his base.

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3:40 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Border Jobs War Not a Nixon Priority

Kansas City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon touted his economic-development plan at Maple Woods Community College on Wednesday. Nixon wants to focus on targeted growth industries like advance manufacturing, animal health and life sciences.

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2:18 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Nixon Urges Lawmakers to Make Certain Cold Medicines Available Only By Prescription

Springfield, Missouri – With methamphetamine lab busts on the rise in Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon is calling on lawmakers to make certain cold medicines available only by prescription. The idea is to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient. Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to discuss the proposal. KSMU's Missy Shelton was there and files this report.

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Missouri Statehouse
10:35 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Nixon Allows Abortion Language Bill to Become Law

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed and vetoed several bills Wednesday, the final day for action on legislation passed during the 2010 regular session.

First, Governor Nixon signed legislation creating new ethics rules. It restricts money transfers between political committees and allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch its own investigations, instead of waiting for complaints to be filed by others. But it does not restore campaign contribution limits, which Democrats had been calling for.

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Missouri Statehouse
10:11 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Nixon Still Pondering Bills Before Deadline

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been signing dozens of bills into law since the regular legislative session ended in May. But two controversial bills remain unsigned as the deadline approaches.

One of those bills deals with ethics. Provisions include restricting political committee-to-committee money transfers and allowing the Ethics Commission to launch investigations. The other bill would expand the information women must be told 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Governor Nixon says he's been pretty busy lately.

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4:48 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Commercial Sex Crackdown Near

Jefferson City, MO – At stroke of midnight August 28th, adult industries in Missouri will be much more heavily restricted.

Sexually oriented businesses, such as strip clubs and adult entertainment stores, will not be allowed total nudity, customers younger than 18 or any touching between partly clothed employees and patrons. There will be no alcohol served and doors will close at midnight.

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation into law today.

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10:31 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Disability, Mental Health Providers Deal With Reduced State Funds

Kansas City, MO – Psychologists, in-home care providers for the disabled, and drug abuse counselors in Missouri are facing a two percent payment reduction from the state. Last week, Governor Jay Nixon announced the move as part of a response to declining revenues.

Alan Flory is head of Rediscover, a community mental health center in Jackson County. He says there's no simple answer to the state's fiscal situation, but he says the reduction now means Rediscover will have less ability to respond to people in need of immediate help.

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