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Salaries for Missouri state employees rank near the bottom of the nation. To change that, some state legislators on Thursday called for making a raise a priority in coming years.

Joined by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, and state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said they want a five-year plan to raise those salaries. They did not outline a specific plan Thursday, but said they hoped to get the discussion started.

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  A Missouri lawmaker is proposing the state create incentives for health clinics at rural schools. State Rep. Jay Barnes recently filed legislation to encourage health centers at schools with large populations of students from low-income families. 

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The chairman of a special Missouri House panel is outlining potential Medicaid changes that could expand coverage to lower-income adults while reducing it for children.

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Missouri's Republican House leader wants a legislative hearing on allegations of a hostile workplace in parts of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

House Speaker Tim Jones said Friday that he has asked the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee to convene a hearing on the issue. That comes after former employees in the departments of agriculture and labor recently went public with assertions of intimidation and discrimination by former department directors.

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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Some supporters of a Medicaid expansion championed by President Barack Obama are also embracing a Republican alternative put forth in the Missouri House.

Missouri's Republican-led committees have repeatedly defeated the Medicaid expansion backed by Obama and Democrats.

Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) is proposing the Republican alternative of the expansion. Among the witnesses testifying for Barnes’ plan in a House committee Monday were people who have stood by Democrats in recent weeks as they embraced a proposed Medicaid expansion for lower-income adults. 

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Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.