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Missouri is providing assistance to hurricane-damaged areas of the southeastern United States.

First, Missouri Task Force was deployed last week to central Georgia as Hurricane Matthew pounded the east coast.

On Monday the group was redirected to North Carolina to assist with flood rescues, according to its Facebook page. Missouri Task Force 1 is based in Columbia and is operated by the Boone County Fire Protection District.

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Missouri schools will get additional money because Gov. Jay Nixon has decided to reverse a few of the budget cuts he made earlier this year.

Nixon on Wednesday released about $12 million of previously blocked spending, including $9 million for public schools. The Democratic governor cited a report released a day earlier showing Missouri revenues grew by 5.8 percent in September compared with the same time last year.

The school funding was part of $59 million of budget cuts Nixon announced last month, after lawmakers overrode his vetoes to enact new tax breaks.

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  Governor Jay Nixon continues to criticize legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo ID’s at the polls. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill earlier this year, but the Republican-controlled legislature is expected to try an override attempt during veto session two weeks from now. He told reporters yesterday that the state shouldn’t be making it harder for people to vote. 

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Governor Jay Nixon says more than 100 countries have tried to hack into the state’s computer network at various times. 

He hosted the first-ever Missouri Governor’s Cyber Security Summit yesterday, which drew nearly 500 attendees to Jefferson City from business, government, and education. Nixon noted the cyber-attacks this week that targeted the election systems in Illinois and Arizona. 

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Missouri public colleges and universities are set to restructure general education courses to make it easier for students to get credit for classes if they transfer schools.

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed legislation that will require schools to adopt similar 42-credit-hour, lower-level curriculums.

The goal is for public colleges and universities to set up similar general education classes so students can more easily transfer.

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Governor Jay Nixon signed several bills into law, including one designed to prevent identity theft.  

The measure makes it a class A misdemeanor to possess stolen credit card information or devises, even if the info or devise has not been used after being stolen.  In a written statement, Nixon praised lawmakers for passing the bill, saying it will give law enforcement another tool to use against hackers and identity thieves.  It won’t take effect until January. 

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JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon chose Missouri State University as his venue to sign the Fiscal Year 2017 higher education budget into law Wednesday.

The school in Springfield achieved all of its performance goals, equaling an increase of $3.6 million in funding.

“When we talk about holding tuition, we’ve not done that for free. Okay? We have put dollars in to make sure that at the same time we were getting increases in quality,” said Nixon. 

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Legislation that redefines Missouri’s funding targets for K-12 schools is heading to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers have passed a spending plan that includes about $69 million more for K-12 schools and nearly $10 million more in performance funding for higher education.

The House Budget Committee on Wednesday passed a package of bills outlining state spending. The measures cover the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The head of Missouri's public defender system is warning that the strain on his department could be grounds for a federal lawsuit.

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Missouri's economic development director has signed a $750 million export agreement with the country of Colombia.

Missouri Politicians Talk About Syrian Refugees

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President Obama announced a plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US over the next year. However, after the terror attacks in France, many states are speaking out in opposition to the president’s plan. According to CNN, over half of the nation’s governors are refusing to welcome refugees into their states. Missouri, however, is not one of them.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says it's up to the federal government to screen refugees and is calling for safeguards following deadly terror attacks in Paris.

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A number of state and national politicians released statements Monday in response to former UM System President Tim Wolfe's resignation.  

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he's backing fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for president.

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A national audit and tax advisory firm is expanding in St. Louis, creating more jobs and seeking incentives of more than $7 million.

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Gov. Jay Nixon announced a proposal Monday to increase state funding for higher education in an effort to keep tuition costs low.

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The Missouri House was 13 votes short of overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the right to work bill during its veto session yesterday. 

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  Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri's ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Nixon on Tuesday criticized the culture in the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators' conference in Columbia.

His comments follow the announced resignation of Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota amid accusations that he made unwelcome advances toward interns. Former Republican House Speaker John Diehl left office in May after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

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Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man who had been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as a persistent drug offender in 1996. 

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Missouri lawmakers made changes to the state’s law regarding student transfers and now await Governor Jay Nixon’s approval.

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When Samantha Schumer went out on a farm visiting family members, she was always terrified of cows. So when she knew she had to take science class in her freshman year, she was not thrilled at all. But, now, walking into the agriculture building becomes the best part of her day.

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Former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts has been appointed as Missouri's new public safety director. 

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Governor Jay Nixon will consider a new version of a tax incentive for data storage centers he vetoed last year over concerns about effects on local and state revenue. 

Within minutes of the news of Auditor Tom Schweich's death, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered all flags on Missouri property lowered to half-staff.

But the governor will soon have a much bigger decision to make: who to appoint as Schweich's successor.

Missouri law seems to suggest that a decision must be made rapidly:

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  Governor Nixon says high quality preschool programs are a great investment for the state, but continues to hold back money he asked for last year.

Nixon said holding those increases he proposed in January of last year is necessary to keep the budget balanced.

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Governor Jay Nixon's budget request for more money both this year and next faces big hurdles from lawmakers.

Republican lawmakers this week raised concerns about approving new spending for this year at the same time the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

Missouri lawmakers pre-filed more than 500 bills over the past month that they plan to take up during the next legislative session, which begins on Jan. 7. Here’s a selection of bills related to health care that St. Louis Public Radio’s Health Desk will be keeping an eye on in 2015:   

HB 282: Consumer Rate Review on Health Insurance Plans