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Government
8:17 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nixon Withdraws Proposed Food Stamp Cut

A proposed rule change that would have eliminated food stamp eligibility for about 58,000 Missourians has been withdrawn by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The governor had sought to cut eligibility for unemployed adults without children, citing concerns over the amount of federal funds available for state-run food assistance programs. 

Fellow Democrat and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis says she’s elated by the governor’s reversal.

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Government
8:30 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Gov. Nixon Pledges Full Funding For K-12 Schools

Two days after pledging to significantly raise Missouri’s Higher Education budget next year, Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state’s public schools.

Nixon told K-12 school leaders in Jefferson City that the state’s triple-A credit rating and improving economy will enable his administration to spend more money on educating Missouri’s children.

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Government
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Propose More Money For Higher Education

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, says next year he's going to propose a higher education budget that's "substantially" larger that it's been in recent years.

Nixon made that promise Monday to a group of higher education officials meeting in Jefferson City, Mo., though he won't say yet how high his proposed budget hike will be. He also says his higher budget proposal could be rendered moot if this year's failed income tax cut legislation is revived next year.

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Government
10:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Mulling Rule Change For Ethanol Use

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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 5:44 pm

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule change that would allow more ethanol to be blended into gasoline sold in the Show-Me State.

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Government
7:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

The interim House Committee on Medicaid Transformation spent much of the Thursday looking at proposed changes in Arkansas and Iowa, which would include expanding access to private health insurers and rewarding healthy behavior.  

Sidney Watson is a law professor at St. Louis University who also advocates for improved access to Medicaid. She told the committee more about the waiver Iowa is seeking from the federal government.

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Government
9:16 am
Thu September 26, 2013

House Committee Wants Detailed University Budgets

Members of a Missouri House interim committee tasked with improving government efficiency complained Wednesday about not having access to the full budgets of any of the state's universities.

The committee was examining the Department of Higher Education. Republican committee member Kathie Conway of St. Charles says the department's annual budget requests to the Governor's office do not contain line-by-line expense requests she says the committee needs to do its job.

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Government
9:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Handgun Found At Mo. Capitol Stirs Gun Control Debate

There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns at the State Capitol.

A loaded handgun was found by police in the basement of the Capitol last week. It had been left in a men's bathroom on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Police discovered that it belonged to a staff member of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, and that the staffer does have a conceal-carry permit. Jacob Hummel, the top Democrat in the Missouri House, says only law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry arms at the State Capitol.

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Government
9:21 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Hanaway May Run For Missouri Governor In 2016

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Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 9:40 am

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says she's considering running for Governor in 2016.

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Government
9:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kinder Blasts Obamacare One Week Before Health Exchange Opens

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, a Republican, blasted President Obama's Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

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Government
9:28 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Mo. Congressman Luetkemeyer Speaks Out On Syria And Budget

Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer,a Republican, is blasting the Obama Administration for the way it's handled the crisis in Syria.

Luetkemeyer spoke Monday before a small group of business leaders in Jefferson City. He told them that Syrian officials used chemical weapons against their own people because they fear no repercussions from the U.S.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Nixon Releases $215M For State Needs, But Republicans Call For More

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has released just over half of the $400 million he withheld earlier this year from Missouri's current state budget.

In a press release, he announced that $215 million will be divvied up among K-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professionals in southwest Missouri. Nixon released the money Thursday, one day after Republican lawmakers failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

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Government
8:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Citians Tell Cleaver To Reject Striking Syria

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a forum to hear constituents views on Syria.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

At a town hall meeting, most Kansas Citians urged Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to vote 'no' on a military intervention in Syria. Cleaver and much of the local Missouri Congressional delegation has not taken a position on Syria, but in Kansas most will be voting against authorizing military strikes.

Most tell Cleaver to vote 'no'

More than 200 people crowded into a room at Metropolitan Community College and nearly all stayed on topic about Syria.

Steven Platt was worried the United States cannot afford more military action.

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Government
1:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Most Of Missouri's New Laws For 2013 Take Effect Wednesday

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:46 pm

August 28 arrives on Wednesday, meaning dozens of new state laws will take effect in Missouri.

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Government
3:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Missouri Gun Control Veto Raises Pro And Con Cries

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri’s Democratic Governor and the Republican led legislature are again nose-to-nose and toe-to-toe over gun control.

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed what supporters of the bill call one of the most gun friendly in the country.

Local reaction was swift and heated.

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Government
9:29 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think

Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. They’ve received tens of thousands of dollars worth of business from lobbyists courting Missouri’s legislators over dinners and drinks.

Who were the legislators taken out for expensive meals? Well, in many cases, we don’t really know.

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Government
8:14 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Missouri Legislative Session Wraps Up Today

The floor of the MIssouri House during the legislative session.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The last day of this year's Missouri legislative session has arrived.  Lawmakers will be pushing to get several more pieces of legislation across the finish line.

The House passed a package of tax credits on Thursday that's still awaiting action in the Senate.  The two chambers still differ on where to cap the state's most widely used incentives - for historic preservation and low-income Housing.  Ron Richard, the Senate's Republican Floor Leader, says he hopes to get some sort of economic development bill passed.

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Government
9:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Missouri House Fast-Tracks Digital Document Bill

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are promising to fast track legislation that would forbid the state from scanning and storing documents of residents who apply for conceal-carry endorsements. 

Some GOP lawmakers have accused the state agency of forwarding copies of conceal-carry applications and other documents to the federal Homeland Security department. 

House Speaker Tim Jones says he’s disturbed by the allegations.

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Health
4:26 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. Senate Hears Drug Monitoring Program Proposals

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Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a State Senate committee. But one version of the bill is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal.

Physician and GOP Senator Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring. He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.

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Government
9:27 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Missouri Senate More Open To Tax Credits

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The Missouri Senate passed two sets of tax credit legislation.  So far this year, the Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Session, Old Issues In Missouri

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City

With the new year comes a new session for Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City.

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Nixon To Deliver Missouri 'State Of The State' Monday

The Missouri Statehouse.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will lay out his priorities Monday night when he delivers his annual State of the State Address before the General Assembly.  Lawmakers are hoping that the governor will address areas specific to their constituents’ needs. 

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Missouri Statehouse
3:15 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Could Nixon Appoint A New Lt. Governor?

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon.
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One of the most talked-about issues so far during Missouri’s regular legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder becomes the new Congressman for the state’s 8th District. 

When asked by reporters Thursday, Nixon said he believes he has the authority to do so, based on precedent – in 2000, Governor Roger Wilson appointed Joe Maxwell to begin serving immediately as Lt. Governor less than two months before his elected term was set to begin. 

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Missouri Statehouse
3:51 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Legislative Session Begins In Missouri

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Missouri’s 2013 legislative session is underway. Legislative leaders kicked things off by laying out more details on what they want to pass this year.

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Government
9:31 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Task Force Recommends Steps To Combat Child Sexual Abuse

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A task force has released its recommendations on combatting sexual abuse of children in Missouri. 

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Government
9:29 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Lawmakers Get Jumpstart On Legislative Session

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.

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Health
4:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon Vetoes Contraceptive Refusal Bill

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill designed to thwart President Obama’s contraceptive mandate in Missouri. 

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Missourians React To Obama Immigration Policy Announcement

President Barack Obama delivers a statement about immigration policy Friday June 15, 2012 in the Rose Garden.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

President Obama surprised the country on Friday by unveiling a new immigration policy

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Headlines
8:18 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 21, 2012

Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas wrap up their legislative sessions.  A study finds compared to 50 years ago more severe weather is hitting the Midwest.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
8:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Redistricting maps in Kansas could be decided in the federal courts.  The Missouri Senate passes a tax credit Bill.  It’s a daily digest of headlines form 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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