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Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.

Governor Jay Nixon presided over a drought briefing Thursday at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers.

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Missouri has approved more than 4,900 requests from farmers for help in improving their water supplies amid Missouri's extreme drought.

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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.

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

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

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

Nixon signs bill aimed to protect seniors and the disabled

Jul 11, 2012
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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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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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  • Columbia Fire Marshal to retire on Friday
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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a measure offering a tax break for some small businesses in Missouri.

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. 

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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  • 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

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

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May 30, 2012

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

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.

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

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

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.

Newscast for May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012
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