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3:16 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislation would help match special needs students with scholarships

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Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would require education officials to seek grants and donations to help children with special needs such as autism.

Financial resources could be devoted to scholarships or clinical trials for behavioral interventions. Scholarships could be used to help students attend a public school outside the student's home district or a private school.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Tax credit overhaul a no-go this session

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Missouri senators have given up their attempt to pass an overhaul of the some of the state's tax credit programs for businesses and developers.

Supporters of the bill set it aside Friday after Republican Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, spoke against it for an hour in a filibuster that could have otherwise continued until the session's mandatory end at 6 p.m. The legislation would have created tax incentives for international air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in startup technology companies.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Last minute politics: finding funding after a veto

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Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation that could patch a hole in the state budget for early childhood programs and health care for the blind.

A bill given final approval Friday would transfer $55 million from general revenues into a new fund to finance the programs. The move was necessary because the 2014 budget passed last week by lawmakers called for funding the programs with savings from the repeal of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing.

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Education
3:01 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Failing school districts could receive aid faster thanks to legislation

The new legislation would allow the state to forgo the waiting period and intervene in failing school districts sooner.
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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow quicker state intervention in failing school districts.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. Medicaid director out of a job

The director of Missouri's Medicaid health care program is out of a job.

Ian McCaslin confirmed to The Associated Press that as of Tuesday, he is no longer the director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services.

McCaslin declined to say whether he resigned or was dismissed by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

A Nixon spokesman referred questions to the department. The department provided a memo from Director Alan Freeman noting McCaslin is leaving but did not elaborate.

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Politics
8:25 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. House passes bill to stop document scanning

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
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The Missouri House has approved legislation barring the state Revenue Department from scanning the personal documents of drivers' license applicants into a state computer system.

The House passed the measure 118-40 on Tuesday. It now returns to the Senate.

The Revenue Department began scanning documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons permits, in December. Agency officials say it provides more security to licensing. But Republican lawmakers objected to the procedures and argue it is an invasion of privacy.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. House endorses transportation sales tax

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri House members have endorsed a 1-cent sales tax that would be dedicated to paying for state and local transportation projects.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. bill would limit Highway Patrol purchases

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate declines in April

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Lawmakers hope third time's the charm for use tax

Missouri lawmakers have voted for a third time to reinstate local taxes on cars, trucks and boats bought from out-of-state dealers or in private transactions.

The state Supreme Court struck down such taxes in 2012 but said a local "use tax" could be levied on such purchases if local voters approved. Legislators approved proposals to reverse the ruling's effect last year and again this year. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session

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The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill lets foster care kids re-enter system

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Children leaving Missouri's foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

4 additional people named to Mo. legislature's DMV investigation

Speaker Tim Jones has called for a House comission reviewing driver's license policies and the sharing of gun data
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House Speaker Tim Jones has named additional members to a newly created House commission reviewing driver's license policies and the sharing of gun data.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Historical society to plan for Mo. bicentennial

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

It's still eight years away, but Missouri lawmakers want the planning to begin for the bicentennial celebration of Missouri's statehood.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill would require consent for fee collections

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would require public employee unions to get annual consent from their members to deduct fees automatically from paychecks.

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