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State Fair
8:38 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Nixon helps kick off annual Mo. State Fair

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
KBIA File Photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is helping kick off the events at the 110th annual Missouri State Fair.

Nixon planned to purchase ticket for the fair Thursday in Sedalia, then greet attendees at the entrance gate before taking part in the official opening ceremony.

The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19. It features the standard fair attractions — lots of livestock, carnival-style rides, concerts and shows and, of course, food.

Nixon and many other politicians plan to be on hand Aug. 16 for the fair's annual governor's ham breakfast.

Agriculture
5:51 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More water, faster for farmers under state drought measures

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

As the dry conditions and excessive heat continue to bear down on Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance for farmers who need access to water.

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Weather
5:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought causes Missouri state of emergency

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Task force created to try to secure Westinghouse nuclear project funding

Governor Jay Nixon speaks on the creation of a Local Government Task Force to aid Westinghouse Electric’s bid for federal funding from the DOE. July 23, 2012
Jon Ingram KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon announced today the creation of a Local Government Task Force to assist an effort to develop and manufacture small nuclear reactors.

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Agriculture
12:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 4:29 pm

Updated with comments from McCaskill conference call.

The entire state of Missouri is now a federal agriculture disaster area.

Seventeen of the state's counties, mostly in the Bootheel, had already received that declaration. Today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends that declaration to the other 97 counties and the city of St. Louis.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10

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Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Nixon signs bill aimed to protect seniors and the disabled

KBIA file photo

Governor Jay Nixon is signing legislation Wednesday designed to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.  Senate Bill 689 expands the definition of financial exploitation against seniors and those with disabilities to include “undue influence…”

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Science, Health and Technology
4:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New law limits work hours at mental health facilities

Fulton State Hospital
Missouri Department of Mental Health

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.

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PM Newscasts
5:06 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon signing one education bill, and vetoing another
  • Nixon also signs off on small business tax credit
  • UM Press closure to go on as expected
  • Columbia Fire Marshal to retire on Friday
Politics
4:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Nixon OK's small biz tax breaks and charter schools, vetoes bus route bill

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a measure offering a tax break for some small businesses in Missouri.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Nixon signs and cuts budget

Missouri’s state budget for next year has been signed into law, but Governor Jay Nixon also carved $15 million out of the spending plan that takes effect July 1. 

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NPR Story
11:42 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Mo. governor makes more cuts to higher education

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:49 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $24 billion budget into law, but he also sliced $15 million from next year’s spending plan.

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PM Newscasts
5:37 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • A one-year-old Columbia tech company is headed to Silicon Valley for a prestigious training program
  • A clinic in California, MO gets a grant as part of the federal Affordable Care Act
  • Governor Nixon vetoes a bill he considers unconstitutional
Politics
5:39 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri no-call list extends to cellphones

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 5:16 pm

Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

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Education
1:55 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New law aims to make college transfers easier

Governor Jay Nixon signs an education bill into law in Columbia, MO. June 7, 2012.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill into law today that calls for more uniformity among higher education institutions in Missouri.

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PM Newscasts
5:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Newscast for May 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's annual legislative session comes to a close.
  • Missouri Gaming Commission chairman announces plans to step down.
  • Officials of Missouri colleges and universities to meet in Columbia, Mo. next week.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson travels to Missouri to aid Republican John Brunner's campaign.
Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Prayer in public to be on August primary ballots

Gov. Jay Nixon placed the constitutional amendment on the August Missouri primary ballot.
File KBIA

A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

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Business
6:08 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

GM breaks ground on expansion at Wentzville Assembly plant

General Motors broke ground Monday on 500-thousand square feet of new factory space at its Wentzville, Mo. Assembly plant.

According to the company the expansion will cost $380 million.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on hand for the event and said the decision was a smart one for GM, given its long history in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Mo. lawmakers hit homestretch in final minutes of 2012 session

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 12:55 am

Missouri lawmakers continue debating bills in the closing minutes of the 2012 regular session.

Among the bills passed so far today is one that would require legislative approval before a health care exchange can be created in Missouri.  State Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) accused Governor Jay Nixon (D) of trying last year to create an exchange via executive order.

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Education
9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.
File KBIA

The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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Politics
10:54 am
Mon May 14, 2012

A few hot-button items left for last week of Mo. legislative session

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 am

Most of the big issues this legislative session were tied to the state budget, which has been passed and sent to Governor Jay Nixon.  That has many political pundits wondering if the last week of the 2012 session will be anticlimactic.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, there are still a few hot-button items left to fight over.

Workers' comp

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Politics
4:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon now open to compromise on workers' comp.

After vetoing a bill that would have changed the state's workers' compensation system, Missouri's governor now says he would be open to a compromise with Republican lawmakers.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he would sign legislation that would prevent employees from suing their co-workers over on-the-job injuries.

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AM Newscasts
8:47 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Newscast for May 1, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri lawmakers to pass various measures before the end of the legislative session.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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