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8:28 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon heads to U City to sign breast-feeding bill

Rep. Rory Ellinger
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An ailing state lawmaker who is leaving office as he battles liver cancer will see one of his legislative priorities signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon in the legislator's hometown.

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8:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri bill aids absentee voting in emergencies

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Legislation under consideration in Missouri could give emergency workers summoned to duty near Election Day a greater chance of casting absentee ballots.

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8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mo. House panel endorses payday loan legislation

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri House panel has adopted a measure that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri revenue up about 2 percent over last year

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A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state heads toward the last few months of its fiscal year.

State figures released Wednesday show the state's net general revenue increased 1.7 percent through March compared with the same point last year.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue numbers show Missouri is on pace to meet this year's budget projections set by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. But she added that sales tax receipts are currently coming in below projections.

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4:47 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri bill seeks to lure high-stakes gamblers

A bill approved Wednesday, April 2 in Jefferson City would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000. The bill still has to pass a House vote.
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High stakes gamblers could find Missouri more alluring if legislation passed by the Senate becomes law.

A bill approved Wednesday would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000.

Supporters said the bill would free big bettors from having to carry large quantities of cash to casinos.

Casino officials also hope to attract more high rollers from other states, like professional athletes who may be traveling to Missouri to play in a game.

The Senate sent the bill to the House by a 24-9 vote.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement

A bill that would revamp the mangement of Medicaid in Missouri was debated in Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 2.
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A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.

Senators Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.

Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.

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8:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri senator sets aside domestic violence bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Democratic senator has set aside a bill guaranteeing time off work for domestic violence victims after Republicans removed a section they said could have led to lawsuits against businesses.

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8:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate seeks tax break for exercise

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation intended to restore a tax exemption for exercise.

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8:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses cellphone protections

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Missouri voters could get to decide whether to boost the constitutional protections available for their cellphones.

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon criticizes $620M Missouri tax cut plan

Jay Nixon
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri tax cut proposal at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kinkade named Missouri social services director

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri bill proposes tax credits for vacancies

Missouri Capitol
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A legislative proposal could cause some Missouri residents to think twice: Would they rather have a representative at the state Capitol or a tax refund?

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mo. House passes drivers' license renewal change

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Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

House Republicans vote against veto of income tax cut legislation

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Missouri House Republicans were told they could face primary opposition this year if they voted to sustain Governor Jay Nixon's veto of income tax cut legislation.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Health Insurance enrollment deadline approaching

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Last-minute enrollment efforts across Missouri are expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers say the deadline push won't hit anticipated enrollment targets.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New estimate puts Missouri tax cut bill at $620M

Missouri Senate floor
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri Senate income tax cut plan at more than $620 million annually.

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8:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Mo. Senate could resume debate on criminal code

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Troubled school district faces uncertain future

While other school districts are hiring new teachers and preparing for next fall, the uncertainty over the future of the Normandy district in St. Louis County has left the superintendent unsure how to move forward.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Property tax relief fades at Mo. Capitol

Missouri Capitol
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Some lawmakers want to revive a Missouri program that funded property tax rebates for senior and disabled homeowners hit by rapidly rising property taxes.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Lawmakers consider funding boost for Missouri 911

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Missouri lawmakers are seeking to allow new charges on cellphones and wireless devices to help improve the state's 911 system.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Rep. wants Missourians to vote on repeal of gay marriage ban

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A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

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Weather
2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

No reports of injuries during Thursday's severe weather

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

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Politics
7:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. House approves Sunday sales of motorcycles

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Missouri House members have approved legislation allowing commercial sales of motorcycles on Sunday.

State law currently bars dealers from selling cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation approved 139-5 on Thursday would repeal that ban — but only for motorcycles.

Some dealerships in western Missouri assert they're losing business to potential customers who visit their showrooms to shop on Sundays, then head across the state line to buy motorcycles in Kansas. Supporters hope the legislation would help Missouri-based businesses compete.

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Politics
7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. Senate passes voting, traffic bills

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday that would impose tougher penalties on drivers who run stop signs, if they cause crashes resulting in injury or death.

The legislation would increase fines and require the suspension of driver's licenses in certain cases of failing to yield the right of way. The bill would set a minimum fine of $500 and raise the maximum to $1,000 instead of the current $200 for violations resulting in injuries. For serious injuries, there would be a new minimum fine of $1,000, and the maximum would rise to $3,000 from the current $500.

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Business
7:51 am
Fri March 28, 2014

St. Louis opposes Noranda's Ameren request

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The city of St. Louis is opposing a request by Noranda Aluminum for state regulators to lower the electricity rates it pays to Ameren Missouri.

An attorney for the city wrote to the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying that if Noranda's electric rates are lowered, it could result in higher costs for other consumers. City Counselor Michael Garvin says that it could cost St. Louis an additional $3 million over 10 years.

Noranda has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House passes state budget, headed to Senate

Missouri House Floor
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The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public schools to increases in state revenue.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. Senate approves public building funding

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Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could help finance hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements to state buildings.

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Politics
7:29 am
Thu March 27, 2014

House bill could reform websites posting police mugshots

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Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on commercial websites that post police mugshots of people who have been arrested, then demand money to have the photos removed.

A House bill given first-round approval Wednesday would require the operators of such websites to delete the photos for free within 30 days of a request. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Politics
7:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation

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Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.

Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri. The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days.

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7:23 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Missouri's acceptance of same-sex joint tax returns challenged

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A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.

The request for a temporary restraining order was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. It's part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by several Missouri residents, including officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention. They're challenging a decision by Governor Nixon's administration to accept combined tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.

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