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  Missouri's revenues are up nearly 5 percent so far this year over last year's collections, and the state's budget chief says that's on pace with Gov. Jay Nixon's spending freezes.

Revenue figures reported Tuesday show net general revenues for January are up 4.1 percent compared with the previous year.

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  An audit finds Missouri overpaid for some Early Head Start programs that were serving fewer children than agreed to in a state contract and was billed twice for some home visit programs.

Auditor Tom Schweich's (shwykz) report on Tuesday gives the lowest possible rating to a state fund designated for early childhood programs. It cites lax controls and inefficient use of the money.

The audit says the Department of Social Services overpaid $1.5 million for Early Head Start programs that served fewer children than stipulated in their state contracts for most of the year.

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  Two north St. Louis County communities damaged in the aftermath of the Michael Brown grand jury announcement will receive $500,000 to help clean up and repair burned-out businesses.

KSDK-TV reports that Dellwood and Ferguson will receive the money from St. Louis County and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

County Executive Steve Stenger says the county will work with businesses owners to determine if structures need to be demolished.

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  A group working to legalize marijuana in Missouri says that nearly half of the state's 25 drug task forces declined to turn over public records sought under state law.

A new report from Show-Me Cannabis says that 10 of the multi-jurisdictional task forces didn't respond to its request for copies of quarterly status reports to the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The regional task forces receive state funding as well as federal Department of Justice grants.

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  The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party is leaving to take a leadership position with a conservative interest group.

Chairman Ed Martin said Monday that he has accepted an offer to become president of the Eagle Forum, an organization founded by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

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  Members of a Missouri House committee say they support changes to the state's ethics laws but further clarification is needed.

State representatives pointed out potential problems with some ethics bills at a committee hearing Monday.

Lawmakers say blanket limits on lobbyist gifts need to have a clear time frame or other parameters. They also say it may create problems for lobbyists married to lawmakers or staff members.

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  Governor Nixon says high quality preschool programs are a great investment for the state, but continues to hold back money he asked for last year.

Nixon said holding those increases he proposed in January of last year is necessary to keep the budget balanced.

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  A majority of elected officials in St. Louis are backing a bill to form a civilian oversight board for the St. Louis police department.

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State representatives and other officials from Kansas and Missouri are announcing legislation aimed at reducing gun and domestic violence in both states. 

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A bill to create incentives for Missouri's dairy farmers has won approval from state senators. 

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  St. Louis officials want to spend nearly $10 million to hire and train 160 additional police officers in response to a recent spate of violent crime that the mayor and police chief blame on a "Ferguson effect." 

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According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics.

"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

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  Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he is running for governor in 2016.

Schweich announced his candidacy Wednesday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It sets up the potential for a high-profile Republican primary against Catherine Hanaway, a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney.

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  Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will be getting a pay raise.

Legislative efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some state Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn't enough considering the amount of work by lawmakers.

Missouri's attorney general says police should wear body cameras more frequently but that the public and media shouldn't have unfettered access to the recordings.

Attorney General Chris Koster said in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday that concerns about individual privacy made current public records laws unsuitable for widespread use of body cameras.

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The Missouri House is putting an end to committee meetings at country clubs and restaurants.

House Speaker John Diehl said Wednesday that, effective immediately, all House committee meetings will be held at the Capitol.

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Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will be getting a pay raise.

Legislative efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some state Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn't enough considering the amount of work by lawmakers.

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Nearly 38 percent more Missourians than last year have signed up for health insurance under the federal exchange.

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Missouri Republican lawmakers want to expand notification requirements for minors in the state seeking abortions.

Current state law requires only one parent to give consent for a minor to get an abortion; the other parent does not have to be notified.

  

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 State officials say Missouri's Medicaid program will save an estimated $4.2 million in fiscal year 2016 by using a newer, cheaper drug to treat hepatitis C.

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  The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims' addresses secret.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced legislation that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

The program gives confidential addresses to survivors of domestic violence, rape and some other crimes. The aim is to prevent the victims' assailants from tracking where they live and potentially harming them again.

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  St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says he is running for attorney general in 2016.

Zimmerman announced his candidacy Tuesday, setting up a potential Democratic primary against state Sen. Scott Sifton of St. Louis County, who already has entered the race.

The Missouri attorney general's office will be open next year because Democratic incumbent Chris Koster is running for governor.

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  Two more cases of a deadly deer disease have been found in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation on Monday reported that a Macon County adult buck and an adult doe in Adair County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

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  Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions.

Missouri Credit Union Association lobbyist David Kent said during yesterday’s legislative hearing that without a change, there could be a chilling effect on loans in Missouri.

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Transforming the Missouri Department of Transportation headquarters into a space for some legislative and executive branch employees is among the projects that could be funded with new bond revenues.

 

  Researchers from the University of Missouri say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

In a recently published study by the MU Sinclair School of Nursing researchers found that care is better in states where advanced practice registered nurses, also known as APRNs, are allowed to practice independently. Examples of APRNs include nurse practitioners.

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Governor Jay Nixon's budget request for more money both this year and next faces big hurdles from lawmakers.

Republican lawmakers this week raised concerns about approving new spending for this year at the same time the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

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One of Missouri's lowest-performing school districts is searching for a new superintendent.

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The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is suing the state revenue department for allowing an electric car maker to sell directly to customers.

The car dealers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court claiming Missouri violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

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  Missouri's chief justice says the state needs to make sure its municipal court system is driven by fairness rather than economics.

Chief Justice Mary Russell said in her State of the Judiciary address Thursday that the local municipal courts are often Missourians' first encounter with the justice system.

Legal defense advocates have identified the maze of municipal court fines faced by residents as one cause of anger in the St. Louis area following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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