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Deputy director replaced at Mo. Agriculture Dept.

Oct 18, 2013

More personnel changes are being made at the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon said his office is continuing to explore options on how to reopen the Gateway Arch and other National Park Service sites in Missouri.

Nixon’s press secretary, Scott Holste, said in an emailed statement that the Governor’s office has been working with the U-S Department of the Interior on finding the best way to reopen National Park properties.

Protesters in Jefferson City demand end to shutdown

Oct 16, 2013
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A group of protesters Tuesday called on Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1. 

The 40 demonstrators outside Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office included David Meinell with the group Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans.  He says they want a “clean bill” that will reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling:

“We do not believe what is going on in Washington DC is conducive to good representation," Meinell said. "They’re holding all of us hostage because of their dirty politics.”

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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.  

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is halting the execution of convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, citing concerns about the use of propofol as an execution drug.

The decision was announced Friday. Nixon also ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a different way to perform lethal injections that does not include propofol.

Nicklasson's execution, scheduled for Oct. 23, had been set to be the country's first-ever using propofol.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has replaced the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Nixon announced Friday that department director Jon Hagler had been replaced effective immediately.

The governor's announcement offered no explanation. But the change comes one day after the department's associate director for meat and poultry inspection distributed a letter saying she was resigning because of a hostile and disrespectful work environment.

Spokespeople for Nixon and the Agriculture Department did not return messages seeking further comment Friday.

Sen. Blunt asks corps to halt fish habitat project

Oct 10, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has added his voice to those urging the Army Corps of Engineers to halt a Missouri River project intended to create a habitat for endangered fish.

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A Missouri lead mining company has contributed $10,000 to House Republicans after legislators enacted a law shielding the company from large liability judgments in some lawsuits.

Mo. Gov. Nixon names new legislative director

Oct 1, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected a new top legislative aide, tapping an official from the state's economic development agency.

The governor's office said Tuesday that Jason Zamkus will be Nixon's new legislative director. He replaces Daniel Hall who held the position since Nixon took office in 2009 and last week was appointed by the governor to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Zamkus had been the deputy director of the state Department of Economic Development. He also was the agency's liaison to the state Legislature.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed his top legislative aide to serve on a Missouri commission that regulates utility companies.

Nixon said Friday that he had appointed Daniel Hall to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Hall, of Columbia, has served as the governor's legislative director since Nixon took office in 2009. Before that, Hall was a senior counsel to Nixon in the attorney general's office. He also has held various other positions in state government and worked as an attorney in private practice.

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  Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is making a return trip to Missouri, whose Democratic governor he criticized during an August visit for vetoing tax-cut legislation.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget.  215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri.  Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

Senate Bill 9 veto overridden by Missouri legislature

Sep 12, 2013

The recent veto over-ride by the Missouri State Legislative of Senate Bill 9 will enact changes to the state’s animal abuse and neglect laws. As part of the legislation, it will now be considered a felony to steal cattle.

Senator David Pearce is a Republican representing Missouri’s 14th district. He says it was important for the Bill to be passed to provide protection for livestock owners.

Gov. Nixon visits Fairview Elementary

Sep 11, 2013
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Governor Jay Nixon visited Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Wednesday morning. Nixon went back to the school where his mother used to teach.

Nixon was at Fairview Elementary to applaud the academic success of the students.

“We put together a whole new kind of grade card called MSIP 5 and it’s designed to make sure that students are doing well in being challenged and takes it right down to each various school. Today, I’m proud to report that this school on a new grade card…scored 98.6 percent,” Nixon said.

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The owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain have contributed thousands of dollars to Missouri officials and even hired their own lobbyists. But their cause this year is not focused on cigarettes.

Jon Rand and Sharie Keil are backing Missouri legislation that would remove hundreds of people convicted of sex crimes as juveniles from the state's online listing of registered sex offenders. Their cause is intensely personal, because their son is among those whose name, photo and address would come down from law enforcement websites.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to call a special legislative session to craft a new version of a bill cutting income taxes.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said today that trying to put together a new bill at the last moment would be an irresponsible approach to a complex issue.

Nixon vetoed a bill earlier this year that would cut income taxes. Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to consider overriding that veto.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has named an attorney from southeast Missouri to the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

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Missouri lawmakers could attempt to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of restrictions on lawsuits from uninsured motorists.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon announces $3 million expansion of a Troy, Mo. auto part manufacturer
  • New Missouri state law to give military veterans higher education benefits
  • Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in a veteod tax bill determination
  • Strikes for better wages take place across the country, Columbia  
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in determining that a vetoed tax cut bill could have applied retroactively.

At issue is a provision triggering an automatic one-half of a percent reduction in Missouri's income tax rates if the federal government makes it easier for states to collect taxes on online sales.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his veto of an income tax cut as Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes to Missouri to tout low taxes.

While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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Letting juveniles seek removal from Missouri's sex offender registry is a target for a possible veto override when lawmakers return to the state Capitol in several weeks.

Few voted against the legislation, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called the measure overbroad and said it would "reduce public safety and fail to protect the rights of victims." House Speaker Tim Jones said this past week it is "ripe for an override."

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A Missouri lead company wants lawmakers to override a veto of a bill that shields the company from large legal costs.

The Doe Run Co. contends its very future is at stake, along with hundreds of jobs.

At issue is a bill limiting punitive damages in liability cases related to old lead mining facilities. Several such lawsuits are pending against Doe Run, including one scheduled for trial in October.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is a featured speaker at an automotive conference this week in Michigan. He is to speak Thursday at a seminar hosted by the Center for Automotive Research. His presentation is part of an automotive strategy session that also includes speakers from General Motors Co. and Audi of America.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is the only other governor listed as a speaker for the four-day event that began Monday.

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Gov. Jay Nixon stopped by Columbia twice this week. He has spent his summer drawing attention to the many problems he and other critics see with House Bill 253. That is the income-tax cut bill he vetoed in June. There is a chance state Republicans could make a run for an override of that bill in September. The bill cuts income tax and corporate taxes and under certain circumstances allows business taxes to be claimed on personal income taxes. Conservative estimates peg a state revenue loss of $692 million dollars if the bill were to become law.

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Gov. Jay Nixon continued stumping across the state discouraging state lawmakers from overriding his veto on a tax cut bill.

At the University of Missouri Columbia campus Wednesday, Nixon said the bill could result in a funding slash of $67 million per year for the state’s higher education institutions. The University of Missouri system alone stands to lose $31 million per year. And if a federal online sales tax bill passes, the state number jumps up to a cut of $116 million annually.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is pointing to Missouri's credit rating in defending his veto of tax cutting legislation.

Nixon has sent lawmakers a letter that says enacting the tax cuts could jeopardize Missouri's AAA-credit rating. Nixon says credit rating agencies noted the legislation in reports this month.

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Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon continues his attack against HB 253, a measure he vetoed in June.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is joining President Barack Obama during the president's upcoming visit to the University of Central Missouri.

Obama is traveling Wednesday to the Warrensburg school and to Galesburg, Ill., to make his case for spending on infrastructure and for universal pre-school programs. The president is also expected to highlight the economic benefits of overhauling immigration laws.

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