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Education
5:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Nixon proposes changes for Missouri scholarship program

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Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing changes to Missouri's Bright Flight college scholarship aimed at encouraging top-ranking high school students to remain in the state for college.

Nixon was traveling Monday to Kansas City and Kirksville to discuss possible improvements to the academic scholarship. The Democratic governor told higher education officials in October that he would propose new resources for financial aid and scholarship programs.

Nixon said at that time he was working to enhance Bright Flight to ensure the best students remain in Missouri for college and afterward.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nixon selects new Missouri Medicaid director

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the chief medical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health to lead the state's Medicaid health care program.

Joe Parks will take over as director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services starting Dec. 16. He replaces Ian McCaslin, who left that position in May after serving as director since August 2007.

Nixon announced the new Medicaid director Friday.

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Business
4:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives

A top senator says he supports special tax incentives to entice the Boeing Co. to build a new airplane in Missouri.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Friday that it should be "a no-brainer" for lawmakers to authorize incentives for Boeing. He says it could mean thousands of jobs and a massive boost to the economy.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he's working quickly and aggressively to lure Boeing. Missouri is competing with several other states to produce the Boeing 777X. Nixon says a decision could come as soon as January.

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Politics
1:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nixon appoints new appellete judge

Phil Hess was named to Missouri's Eastern District, represented in green, by Gov. Nixon on November 21, 2013.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed to a state appeals court an attorney whose practice focused on workers' compensation law.

Phil Hess, of Sunset Hills, was named Thursday to the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District. Hess has practiced law in St. Louis for more than 30 years and was the president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys from 2011 to 2012.

Under Missouri's judicial selection process, a state commission selects three nominees for vacancies on appellate courts. The governor appoints one who later appears on the ballot for a retention vote.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Plans falter for meeting of Mo. gov., lawmakers

Governor Jay Nixon
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Plans may be falling through for a meeting between Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers to discuss potential Medicaid changes.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. lawmaker says he intends to impeach Gov. Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon
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A Missouri House Republican says he intends to seek articles of impeachment against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Mo. lawmaker wants AG opinion on gay tax policy

The Missouri attorney general's office says a tax policy for certain gay couples recently announced by Gov. Jay Nixon appears to comply with Missouri law.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

NAACP chapter asks Gov. Nixon to commute death sentence

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The head of the NAACP Salt Lake City branch is asking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to commute a death sentence for a serial killer who killed two Salt Lake City joggers in 1980.

Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled to be executed next week for the 1977 murder of a Missouri man outside a synagogue. He was also convicted in the 1980s killings of 20-year-old Ted Fields and 18-year-old David Martin, both black men.

Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP's Salt Lake Branch, says in a letter to Nixon that the execution costs more than keeping Franklin in prison for life.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:47 pm

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Education
8:15 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Meeting to focus on expanding Mo. training model

Government, business and education leaders will meet this week to discuss a Missouri program that helps students complete their degrees sooner and land jobs in high-demand fields.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Gov. Nixon plans to attend military events

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon travels to Springfield this weekend to speak at a deployment ceremony for a Missouri National Guard unit.

About 100 members of the Guard's 1107th Aviation Group are heading to southwest Asia to perform aviation depot repair and other work in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The deployment ceremony will be held Sunday morning at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield. Nixon's office says the upcoming deployment will be the unit's fourth.

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Politics
8:13 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Nixon invites Mo. lawmakers to Medicaid discussion

Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a Thanksgiving week meeting with Missouri lawmakers to discuss potential changes to the Medicaid health care system.

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Politics
7:50 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mo. agriculture director defends departure

Jon Hagler
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The former director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture is denying allegations that he created a hostile workplace.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Mo. House panel to look into hostility claims

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

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.

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Crime
8:46 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Potosi reintegration program aims to get prisoners out of solitary confinement

A prison cell
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A team of prison administrators, medical staff, officers and volunteers at Potosi Correctional Facility are working together to decrease the number of prisoners in solitary confinement at the eastern Missouri facility.

They work together to create customized programs for the selected group of offenders, with the goal of decreasing their individual behavior violations and eventually moving them back into the general prison population. The program is unlike any other within the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

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