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Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.

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Governor Jay Nixon is going on a trade mission to Canada next week to bolster trade relationships.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has given the go-ahead to spend $132 million on improvements to the Capitol and other state facilities.

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Western Governors University-Missouri students are now eligible for the Access Missouri grant.

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Gov. Jay Nixon says he would enact an income tax cut, if lawmakers agree to several contingencies.

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Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri voters should have another chance to vote on gay marriage and that he would vote to allow such unions.

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 Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his plan to issue $198 million of bonds for a new maximum and intermediate security facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The governor wants to pay off the bonds through annual legislative appropriations. He is proposing to set aside $14 million this year and an additional $14 million in the 2015 budget for the initial bond payments. Nixon touted the plan Thursday at City Hall in Fulton.

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Missouri lawmakers responsible for the budget have an agreement on a revenue estimate for next year but say Gov. Jay Nixon did not sign off on it. 

Legislative budget leaders and the governor typically reach a revenue estimate that is the foundation for the budget. Agreeing how much money is available lets officials focus on how to spend that money.

Gov. Nixon signs $1.7B Boeing incentive plan

Dec 10, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon chose a monument to the space race manufacturing boon as a backdrop to sign into law a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to lure aerospace giant Boeing to the state.

The governor endorsed the tax breaks for production of the company's 777X jetliner Tuesday morning at a bill signing ceremony at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis' Forest Park.

US Senators tout Missouri to Boeing for 777X

Dec 3, 2013

Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri's transportation network — including rail, highways and rivers — and what they called the state's "track record of success in building airplanes."

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has refused to halt the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."

A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

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New Mo. House panel to probe agriculture agency

Nov 5, 2013

A new Missouri House committee will look into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Department of Agriculture.

House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations against former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler. He says the new investigatory committee will be led by Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Republican from Bethany.

Gov. Jay Nixon replaced Hagler as department director Oct. 11. That was one day after a high-ranking department employee resigned while distributing a letter alleging Hagler created an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.

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A new report says Gov. Jay Nixon's administration displayed an "indifference to the privacy rights" of Missourians through its driver's license policies.

Nixon seeks full funding for Mo. public schools

Oct 22, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he is working toward full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

This year's budget includes has about $3 billion for elementary and secondary schools. But that's roughly $600 million less than what is called for under Missouri's school funding formula for this year.

The amounts prescribed by the formula change yearly. If schools receive all of the funds in this year's budget, Missouri would have to spend an additional $560 million to meet next year's target.

Judge strikes down Mo. laws on cellphone towers

Oct 22, 2013
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A Missouri judge has struck down a pair of new laws that had limited the ability of cities and counties to regulate cellphone towers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that lawmakers violated procedural requirements of the state constitution when passing the bills earlier this year.

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On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

Executions on hold as Mo. seeks new death drug

Oct 15, 2013
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Missouri's decision to not use the anesthetic propofol for capital punishment leaves the state with dwindling options as it seeks to execute two convicted murderers.

Gov. Jay Nixon last week halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use propofol following threats from the European Union to limit the drug's export. Nixon ordered the state corrections department to come up with a different lethal injection protocol.

Mo. Gov. Nixon heading to Chicago

Oct 15, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to Chicago for several days.

The governor's office says Nixon will be attending a bipartisan governors' forum about leadership in times of crisis. The event at the University of Chicago is to feature presentations from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

While in Chicago, Nixon also is to discuss about foreign trade issues with representatives of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Nixon was leaving Tuesday for Chicago and is to return Thursday.

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If Missouri goes through with using a common anesthetic in two executions later this year, it could have a very real impact on hospitals throughout the U.S.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday the state will be moving forward with the executions.

The European Union says they will consider possible export limits of the anesthetic propofol if Missouri uses the drug in executions scheduled for this month and next.

The U.S. gets the vast majority of the common anesthetic from the EU.

Mo. Supreme Court rules for governor in budget battle

Oct 1, 2013
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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled for Gov. Jay Nixon in a budget battle with State Auditor Tom Schweich.

The court ruled Tuesday that Schweich lacked legal standing at the time to challenge about $170 million of spending cuts announced by Nixon in June 2011. The court said the challenge amounted to a pre-audit of state spending, which it said the auditor cannot do.

Schweich said the ruling is merely technical and he will consider suing again after doing a new audit of the governor's office.

Nixon said the ruling affirms his authority to balance the budget.

Mo. Gov. Nixon names new legislative director

Oct 1, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected a new top legislative aide, tapping an official from the state's economic development agency.

The governor's office said Tuesday that Jason Zamkus will be Nixon's new legislative director. He replaces Daniel Hall who held the position since Nixon took office in 2009 and last week was appointed by the governor to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Zamkus had been the deputy director of the state Department of Economic Development. He also was the agency's liaison to the state Legislature.

Mo. teachers group running ads against tax cut

Sep 3, 2013
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A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

Nixon seeks disaster declaration for 22 counties

Aug 27, 2013
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Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for 22 southern Missouri counties hit hard by this month's floods.

Nixon said Tuesday the costs of emergency response and repairs will be high.

The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier and left at least three people dead.

Nixon announced his request in Conway, where the wastewater treatment system was heavily damaged.

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A longtime attorney in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has been chosen as executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The commission announced Tuesday that James Klahr will begin serving as director Sept. 13.

The Missouri Ethics Commission enforces the state's campaign finance and lobbyist laws. Its director is limited to a six-year term.

Nixon opposes new and increased license fees

Aug 20, 2013
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In the first of what may be several visits to highlight his many other vetoes from this summer, Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters in Springfield that he opposes $22 million in new and increased license fees on Missourians.

Nixon was referring to SB 51, which modifies provisions related to the regulation of motor vehicles. The bill, vetoed on June 26, was one of 29 struck down by the Governor.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is rallying support for an effort to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income-tax cut bill.

Jones, a Republican, says reducing taxes would grow the economy and allow more funding for education. Nixon, a Democrat, says the tax cut would jeopardize funding for government services and boost taxes on prescription drugs.

House Republicans are meeting this week to discuss possible veto overrides. Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Sept. 11. Speaking in Fulton on Tuesday, Jones said he sees "momentum" on his side. 

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A new report by the Department of Mental Health, or DMH, found the department would have to cut 87 million dollars annually. Federal matching funds would also be lost, which brings that number to approximately $164 million per year.

Speaking at the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University, Nixon said that would permanently undermine the state’s ability to fund mental health services.