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The frustrated director of Missouri’s underfunded public defender’s office has done something most unusual: He’s assigned a case to the governor.

The budget woes in Michael Barrett’s department are ongoing – too many poor people needing public defenders, too few lawyers to represent them. So he’s relying on a state law that appears to let him appoint any lawyer who's a member of the Missouri Bar to defend an indigent criminal defendant.

Enter Gov. Jay Nixon.

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The head of Missouri's public defender system says he is appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to handle a case in protest of declining funding.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that's part of a multistate wind energy project.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he doesn't want to be president of the University of Missouri System.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed several tax breaks and proposed changes to state litigation policies.

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Gov. Jay Nixon says he likely will freeze tens of millions of dollars of spending in Missouri's new budget.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he'll veto a sweeping gun rights bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to require high school students to pass a civics test and learn CPR.

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A Michigan man who allegedly tried to collect fake debts from Gov. Jay Nixon has been charged with a felony for alleged deceptive business practices.

Update June 9 with signature: Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation on Thursday that could expand Medicaid eligibility for Missourians who are elderly or living with a disability.

For decades, Missourians who were elderly, blind or disabled could only have $1,000 or less in savings. The bill Nixon signed would gradually raise that asset limit to $5,000 for an unmarried person and $10,000 for a married couple.

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 The four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for Missouri governor are set to face off in a debate on Monday that will be broadcast in the state's two largest cities as the run-up to the August primary intensifies.

The debate will feature retired businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, former U.S. attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

The debate is hosted by St. Louis television station KTVI, and co-sponsored by WDAF-TV in Kansas City and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be leading a trade delegation on a trip to Cuba next week.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill reviving a tax break for small businesses that add employees.

The bill given final approval Wednesday by the House allows businesses with fewer than 50 employees to claim a $10,000 tax deduction for each job they create that pays at least their county's average wage. Those businesses could claim a $20,000 deduction if they also cover at least half the cost of their employees' health insurance premiums.

The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt Earl Forrest's execution hours before the Missouri man is scheduled to die by injection.

The court issued its ruling without comment today. Forrest is scheduled to die tonight at the state prison in Bonne Terre for the 2002 killings of Harriett Smith and Michael Wells in a drug dispute and Dent County Sheriff's Deputy Joann Barnes in a shootout that followed at Forrest's home.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, denied a clemency request earlier today.

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Legislation that redefines the funding formula for K-through-12 schools is now state law, after the Missouri House overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s veto on Thursday.  

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Personal care attendants in Missouri will not be getting a pay raise.  The Nixon administration had sought to implement a pay hike agreed upon by home health care workers, but state lawmakers passed a bill blocking the pay hike, saying the legislature alone has the power to authorize pay raises.  

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A six-month waiting period before Missouri lawmakers could lobby is a few steps away from a final vote.

House members voted 131-19 Thursday to limit when lawmakers can lobby after the end of their terms.

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 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' rivals want him to return $1 million to a donor accused of sexual abuse.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon says a proposed constitutional amendment granting religious exemptions to some business owners opposed to gay marriage could be "harmful to our economy."

The Democratic governor also said Wednesday that the measure would "condone discrimination" and urged the House to oppose it.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to Panama for a trade mission.

Nixon arrived in Panama City today in an effort to boost exports and attract investments in Missouri.

Nixon's entourage includes First Lady Georganne Nixon and the state's economic development and agriculture department directors. Nixon will meet with the Panamanian president and the country's trade and investment agency.

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Missouri's top two elected officials are crediting Ferguson for pressing ahead with policing and court reforms despite a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over the St. Louis suburb's justice system.

Missouri's Democratic governor is pledging to circumvent the Republican-led Legislature if needed to fill vacancies on the board overseeing the state's flagship university.

For his final state budget, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking no risks.

His proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 features no grand gestures of setting up new programs, and calls for limited increases for the state’s current operations.

Floodwaters in the St. Louis region have receded, leaving behind an estimated 500,000 tons of debris. Now what?

At a news conference Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon outlined “Operation Recovery," a cleanup effort that will be coordinated by the National Guard, with Lt. Col. Grace Link, a civil engineer, in charge. Contracted trucks will help clear debris in flood-damaged areas throughout the St. Louis region, Nixon said.

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 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered state agencies to identify any gender wage gaps and take action to ensure women are paid the same as men for the same work.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt criticized the president for his lack of leadership during a stop in Kansas City Tuesday. At the same time, President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande held a joint press conference and called for increased cooperation to fight the Islamic State.

“What happens when the United States fails to provide leadership in the world is bad things and more disruptive things fill that leadership vacuum,” says Blunt.

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A Missouri lawmaker is seeking a special legislative session aimed at preventing Gov. Jay Nixon from allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the state.

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Legislation sent from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's office to aldermen says about two-thirds of the city taxes generated by a new NFL stadium would go to the team that plays there.

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Missouri officials and mental health advocates say the state is making progress toward improving mental health care, but a lack of resources is a continuing problem.

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Missouri's largest electric company has announced a $2.5 million initiative that will focus on education, economic development and energy assistance in St. Louis and North St. Louis County.

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