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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has spoken out about legislation recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly.

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Some Missouri business leaders are hoping that a newly enlarged Republican majority in the state House can help them enact their agenda.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by its political action committee won election Tuesday to the state House and Senate.

Republicans already held a veto-proof majority in the Senate. As a result of Tuesday's votes, the GOP also will hold the two-thirds majority needed to override gubernatorial vetoes in the House.

Jim Mathewson, the chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission will step down Friday. Matthewson chose not to stay for a second three-year term in order to spend more time with his family.

During Mathewson’s tenure with the Gaming Commission, Missouri’s 13th casino license was awarded to developers in Cape Girardeau and disassociated gamblers were provided a pathway to reinstatement.  He says the main challenge now is raising enough revenue to help K-through-12 schools.

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A final vote awaits on a bill that would include solidifying funding for veteran's homes. Up to $30 million would be shifted within a casino entrance fee fund from early childhood education and put forward to veterans homes. While this awaits a vote in the Senate, one Missouri veteran is on a hunger strike.

Newscast for May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012
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The Missouri Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment revising the selection process for appellate judges.

The Missouri House has passed its version of a workers’ compensation bill that also proposes to fix the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.  The vote again fell mostly along party lines.

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

A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill. 

Newscast for April 3, 2012

Apr 3, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A look at how Missouri fared in the recent Mega Millions drawing.
  • The state general assembly starts looking at budget bills
  • Bats with white nose syndrome come to Missouri.

Missouri businesses and businesses owners could start paying less in taxes under a bill moving through the state Senate.

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Missouri state Senate leadership and other Republican legislators did not disagree with the House Speaker's choice to honor Rush Limbaugh.

Medical coverage of birth control under Pres. Barack Obama's contraception mandate is sparking debate among Missouri representatives.

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

Newscast for February 16, 2012

Feb 16, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

Regional News coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri General Assembly Map, Redistricted
  • Living Windows Celebration
  • Missouri Revenue Report