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Government
6:49 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Talk About What’s Next As Spring Break Begins

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, touted the passage of several of his priorities, including photo voter ID legislation, conscientious objections to certain medical procedures, and ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas.  Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.

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Government
7:12 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. Senate Blocks 72-hour Abortion Waiting Period

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while it's Senate counterpart is stalled.

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Government
8:17 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Nixon Questioned Again About Presidential Aspirations

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, talking to reporters in 2013. During a visit to Washington DC today he was asked by Politico if he plans to run for president.
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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is attending the National Governors Association's winter meetings in Washington DC this weekend, and once again he's been questioned about his political future.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two 'Border War' Bills Introduced In Missouri

Two bills that would each try to end the so-called “border war” among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees. The identical bills would bar incentives designed to poach businesses from Kansas to Missouri.

Backers of the two bills say the proposal would take effect only if Kansas enacts a similar law to discourage its businesses from luring companies on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area.

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Government
11:14 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting

A new bill in the House could designate the high-five as the official greeting in the state of Missouri.
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A freshman state representative from the St. Louis area has introduced a bill in the House that would make the high-five the official greeting in the state of Missouri.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, of Berkeley, introduced House Bill 1624 earlier this week.

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Education
8:14 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Missouri Chamber Of Commerce Says Students Are 'Falling Behind' Digitally

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is, quote, “falling behind” when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students.

Missouri Chamber CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me state, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

“If we hope to keep pace with the changing landscape in education, we need to start by opening up virtual pathways to give our students more options for learning and success,”said Mehan. 

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Missouri Statehouse
1:32 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature

This screen grab shows the homepage of MOBillTracker.org
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A new website unveiled Tuesday will track the life of some bills introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate during the 2014 legislative session.

MOBillTracker.org, created by Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, will track bills in five categories: health; elections and ethics; guns; education; jobs; and the economy. There is a sixth category that will track bills that have seen recent action.

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Government
8:01 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Bill Dominate Missouri Senate Hearing

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Tell KCUR
7:51 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket?

Have you ever tried to get out of a speeding ticket? What worked? What didn't? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag. (KCUR doesn't condone speeding.)
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 An effort to increase speed limits in Missouri has us curious about your history with speed in the Show-Me state.

Missouri could become more lead-foot friendly if a proposal to increase the maximum speed limit on rural interstates, from 70 to 75 mph, makes it through the Missouri Legislature this year.

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Government
8:29 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Look At Revamping Student Transfer Law

Five bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:53 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon Proposes $278M For Education In 2014 State Of The State

Increased spending on education and another call to expand Medicaid highlighted Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State Address before the Missouri General Assembly Tuesday.

The speech received cheers and standing ovations from fellow Democrats, but stony silence from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:36 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

LIVE BLOG: Missouri State Of The State 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his sixth State of the State address Tuesday.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivered his sixth State of the State address Tuesday evening at the Statehouse in Jefferson City, Mo. He presented his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and called for an increase of $278 million to K-12 schools and a freeze on undergraduate tuition. 

His speech was followed by the Republican response, delivered by House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka.

Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon live-blogged the speech. You can follow along below.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:20 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Missouri House Speaker Urging Medical Malpractice Caps

The Speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court.

House Speaker Tim Jones says without the cap, millions of dollars could be shifted from patient care to legal defense costs.

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Missouri Campaign Finance Proposal Offers Sweeping Changes

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has proposed numerous changes to the state's campaign finance regulations.
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Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, released a proposal Tuesday to change Missouri's campaign finance regulations. But, it is a long-shot in the Republican-led legislature.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Kander about his goals with the proposal and what the biggest problems are.

Guest:

  • Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State
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Government
5:27 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kander Introduces Sweeping Ethics Reform For Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has unveiled a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year. It includes restoring campaign contribution limits, banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials, and requiring a 3-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists.

Kander says if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best.

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Government
8:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Missouri Legislators Discuss Right-To-Work Bill

A bill that would turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called “Freedom to Work Act” would bar workers from being required to engage or cease engaging in labor union activities as a condition for employment.

Greg Johns with the group Missourians for Right to Work cites Oklahoma as an example of where it has worked.

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Government
8:17 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Gov. Nixon Defends State Board Appointment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice last month to fill a vacancy on the State Probation and Parole Board with State Rep. Dennis Fowler. Fowler then gave up his seat in the Missouri House for the appointment. He also happens to be one of the 15 House Republicans who voted against overriding Governor Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax cut bill last year.

Nixon told reporters Thursday that Fowler’s vote had nothing to do with his Parole Board appointment.

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Missouri Statehouse
7:02 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Head Back To Statehouse This Week

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the start of the 2014 legislative session.

This year's session will likely look a lot like last year’s session; there will be lots of so-called unfinished business on the minds of Republican leaders as they begin the regular session on Wednesday.

House Speaker Tim Jones says they’ll again pursue a major tax cut.

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Government
7:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 6:42 pm

A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.

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Government
8:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Missouri Senate Boeing Bill Passes House Committees

Two Missouri House committees have passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, which now heads to the full House for floor debate.

Much of Thursday's discussion focused on a handful of amendments the Senate added to the bill, including one that requires Boeing to report each year on its efforts to hire women and minorities, and another that would require the 777-X project to be profitable in ten years.

House Member Anne Zerr, who’s handling the Senate bill, says she thinks the additional language makes it better.

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Government
8:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Missouri Senate Passes $150 Million Boeing Tax Break Deal

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to land production of Boeing's 777X passenger jet is two steps closer to success, as the Missouri Senate gave it both first-round and final approval Wednesday.

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Government
7:38 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Move Forward On Tax Breaks For Boeing

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for Boeing to build its 777X passenger jet in Missouri was passed Tuesday night by two legislative committees.

First, the Missouri Senate Committee on Economic Development passed their version of the bill, followed a few hours later by the House Economic Development Committee passing its version.  There are no major differences in the two – both would provide $150 million in incentives to Boeing to build the 777X at its campus near Lambert Airport. 

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Government
7:48 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Start Work On Boeing Proposal Despite Questions

Missouri's special legislative session kicked off late Monday afternoon, as lawmakers officially began work on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to land Boeing's contract to build the 777X passenger jet.

The Missouri House briefly convened around 4:00 p.m. and adjourned for the day roughly 10 minutes later. Republican Speaker Tim Jones said afterwards that the Governor has been mum so far on the total projected cost of the Boeing project and the projected return on investment.

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Government
7:21 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Missouri Will Accept Joint Returns From Married Same-Sex Couples

The Missouri Department of Revenue must now accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples, following an executive order issued Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Gov. Nixon says the order is necessary for two reasons – because Missouri law requires married couples who file joint federal tax returns to also file joint state returns, and because of the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent decision to recognize same-sex marriages, even for couples living in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.

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Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Missouri Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply

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A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

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Government
8:22 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

An interim committee of the Missouri Senate has adopted a draft report with recommendations on reforming the state’s Medicaid system, but the report specifically leaves out the possibility of Medicaid expansion.

The Republican chair of the committee, Gary Romine of Farmington, says Medicaid must be reformed before any expansion can be considered. Democrats balked at that position, but then said they’d back the committee’s report if they could add language reflecting that the majority of public testimony collected called for expanding Medicaid.

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Government
7:57 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Audit Finds No-Bid Bonds Cost Missouri Taxpayers $43 Million

A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.

Republican State Auditor Tom Schweich cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.

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Government
10:03 am
Thu November 7, 2013

See Which Missouri Legislators Took Gifts From Lobbyists

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In partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has created a new website to keep track of all the gifts Missouri state lawmakers have been receiving from companies and organizations that have lobbyists at the capitol in Jefferson City. And, the information is searchable and downloadable. 

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Government
7:31 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ex-Congressman Ike Skelton Remembered At Funeral Service

Lexington Missouri's favorite son is noted along the town's main street.
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Missouri’s former Congressman Ike Skelton was buried in his home town of Lexington, Mo. Monday, amid the kind of military honors normally reserved for generals and admirals.

Skelton served 17 terms in Congress from Missouri’s 4th District, many of them as powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

He died of pneumonia last week at age 81. 

Skelton championed a strong American military. It was fitting his funeral service was at Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington.

Skelton’s Baptist Pastor Everett Hannon Jr. led the service.

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Government
8:15 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Missouri House Committee Examines Medicaid

An interim Missouri House committee has resumed examining the state’s Medicaid system this week. Lawmakers spent part of Tuesday taking a closer look at how some other states with GOP-led legislatures have expanded Medicaid

Committee member Chris Molendorp was the only House Republican to support Medicaid expansion during this year’s legislative session. He says Missouri should consider adopting Florida’s practice of using Medicaid to cover so-called wrap-around services, such as providing transportation for kidney dialysis patients.

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