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  Missouri voters will decide whether state lottery officials should create a separate ticket to fund veterans' programs.

The Senate voted 27-4 on Thursday to send the proposal to the November general election ballot. It passed the House earlier this year.

Supporters say revenue from sales of the lottery ticket would provide a dedicated funding source for cash-strapped veterans' homes. Opponents question whether the new ticket will siphon revenue from education, which currently is the sole beneficiary of Missouri lottery proceeds.

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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Voters in southeast Missouri are running out of time to request absentee ballots by mail or fax for next month's congressional election.

There will be no challenge to the new language inserted onto a ballot initiative by a Cole County judge regarding health insurance exchanges.


The version initially approved by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) had asked if state law should, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,” unless the people or the legislature created an exchange.  In a statement, Carnahan says Attorney General Chris Koster (D) refused to file an appeal on her office’s behalf.  Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) filed suit against Carnahan over that language.  He applauded the Democratic Attorney General’s move.

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Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

Missouri House members have rewritten the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment clearing the way for someday requiring voters to show photo identification.

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Missouri voters could get a say on several big issues this fall, including measures to replace the state income tax, hike the tobacco tax, raise the minimum wage and restrict payday loans.