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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Disagreement in Mo. government on how to fill empty offices

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Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Gov. Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Gov. if Peter Kinder succeeds Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.

Following his annual prayer breakfast, Gov. Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Mo. lawmakers open 2013 with plans for tax cuts

Now open for business.
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Missouri lawmakers have convened their 2013 session with Republican supermajorities controlling both the House and Senate.

Republicans have made tax cuts one of their top priorities for the 97th General Assembly, which runs until May 17.

They also plan to pursue business-friendly changes to the state's legal system, a bonding proposal for colleges, job-protection changes for public teachers and potentially a new transportation funding plan.

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Business
3:40 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Record venison donations to food program

A statewide effort to share extra venison taken by deer hunters is bringing in record donations.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program, called Missouri's Share the Harvest, is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat.

The program allows deer hunters to donate the venison when they take deer to food processors. The venison is distributed through regional and local food pantries.

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PM Newscasts
5:40 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Newscast for December 28, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Low levels of the Mississippi River to affect commerce
  • Gov. Nixon aims to make government more efficient
  • Elected teacher battles school board for leave of absence

Politics
5:21 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Gov. Nixon aims to improve government efficiency

Gov. Nixon has a lot of plans for his next term.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to improve government efficiency and pursue efforts dealing with education, economic development and Medicaid.

Nixon said Friday he would like to consolidate regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources and says there should be discussion about lengthening Missouri's school year. He also wants to increase exports and promote tourism, and he called for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics legislation.

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Politics
8:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law

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A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.

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Crime
4:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Highway Patrol investigates threat against Governor Nixon

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it is investigating a threat reported by Springfield police against Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon announces position changes

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is shuffling some positions within his administration.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Panel to review Historic Preservation tax credit

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Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits, are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.  The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Candidates will see if self-funding gets results

Dave Spence speaking at an event.
File Photo KBIA

As the 2012 election cycle ends candidates who donated large sums of their own money to their campaigns are waiting to see if those investments will pay off.

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PM Newscasts
6:35 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Newscast for October 12, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Dave Spence sues Gov. Jay Nixon for defamation
  • Columbia teachers elect union representation
  • Sickle cell center opens in Columbia

Politics
5:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence sues Nixon for defamation over bank ad

Republican challenger Dave Spence does not like Gov. Jay Nixon's attack ad against him.
Andrew Yost KBIA

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nixon has been running ads that describe Spence as a banker and claim Spence used part of a $40 million federal bank bailout to buy a vacation home.

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Talking Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin in Senate race for good, more from Senate and Governor debates

Rep. Todd Akin
Andrew Yost KBIA

All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

U.S. Senate and Missouri governor debates on Friday

Candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor will debate Friday in Columbia.
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A couple of back-to-back debates are planned this week for candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor.

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PM Newscasts
6:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Newscast for September 4, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • West Nile Virus strikes Mo. again
  • Sen. McCaskill visits MU to talk student loans
  • MU invests $2.5 million in online education

Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Battle over Gov. Nixon's vetoed bill heats up

Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his veto on a bill to prevent retroactive taxes on Missouri residents.
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Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face-off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Missouri residents to pay sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states.

The bill in question sought to reverse a State Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be levied on out-of-state vehicle purchases.  Governor Nixon says overriding the veto would result in a retroactive tax hike without a vote of the people:

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PM Newscasts
6:01 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Newscast for August 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon announces $9 million in grants to create "Innovation Campuses"
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill pushes bill to make EU airline tax illegal
  • Tiger Town events canceled

Politics
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. GOP gubernatorial hopeful keeps self-financing

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Republican businessman Dave Spence has kicked in more money in his quest to become Missouri governor.

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Agriculture
8:19 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Missouri farmers, ranchers continue to apply for water help

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

As cattle were auctioned off at the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Governor Nixon met over coffee Monday at the stockyard’s café with local ranchers and farmers.  He listened to their stories about how the emergency water cost-share program has helped them and gave them an update on the program. 

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Drought
8:13 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Intense demand prompts Nixon to announce more water funding for farmers

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Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:16 pm

More money is being put into an emergency program to aid farmers and ranchers battling water shortages in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has added $5 million to the $2 million set aside for crop and livestock producers who want to drill new wells or deepen existing ones during the ongoing drought.  More than 600 applications have been sent in since the program’s announcement on Tuesday.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Corn growers endorse Nixon for governor

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The Missouri Corn Growers Association has endorsed Gov. Jay Nixon's re-election campaign.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed July 18, 2012

18 applicants for Mo. Supreme Court opening

The Missouri Supreme Court
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The commission that picks finalists for the Missouri Supreme Court will interview 18 applicants to replace Judge William Ray Price Jr.

The commission said the pool includes three women and one racial minority. The commission selects three finalists, and Gov. Jay Nixon makes the final appointment.

Applicants include at least five who have worked for Nixon or his administration.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Lottery has no plan for extra money

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Officials at the Missouri Lottery have no strategy to generate an additional $35 million that legislative budget writers and Gov. Jay Nixon's administration had hoped would help avoid cuts to government services.

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Agriculture
8:23 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. governor to tour drought-stricken areas

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling the state to survey damage from Missouri's hot, dry summer.

Nixon planned to meet with farmers and local officials Tuesday in Lewis County in northeast Missouri, in Atchison County in northwest Missouri and in Polk County in southwest Missouri. The governor is to be joined by the state's agriculture director.

Politics
5:22 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Nixon's re-election war chest grows

Gov. Jay Nixon
KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is building a big bank account for his re-election campaign.Finance figures released Monday show Nixon raised $2.1 million from April through June and had $7.6 million in his account at the start of July. 

Nixon's campaign said it was his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and that his bank account is twice as large as it was at a similar point in July 2008. 

Health & Wealth
11:50 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill

Governor Jay Nixon announced the veto at a press conference in Jefferson City.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have exempted religious organizations from covering contraception under their health insurance plans, if that coverage would go against the organizations' beliefs. Nixon said in his remarks that existing law adequately protects religious liberties.

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Politics
7:41 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Messages to Mo. gov. top 10K on contraception bill

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now has received more than 10,000 messages urging him to sign or veto legislation related to health insurance coverage for contraception.

Nixon has scheduled a Thursday news conference to announce his action on legislation. That comes a couple days ahead of a Saturday deadline for him to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature.

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Politics
7:35 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats. And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has yet to take a stance on the issue.

The day after Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit that alleges the wording for a healthcare exchange ballot initiative is misleading; Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written. As for the idea of healthcare exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

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Agriculture
4:25 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Drought conditions prompt disaster declaration request

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:27 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to declare 114 Missouri counties agriculture disaster areas because of drought conditions.

Nixon's office says in a release that if the counties are designated as agriculture disasters, farmers in those counties would be able to receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. The federal aid would also include emergency loans for losses to crops and livestock from the ongoing drought.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Disturbing worship service now a crime in Missouri

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 2:23 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law more than two dozen bills covering a variety of topics, including disturbances of worship services, workers' compensation and child care providers.

The governor's office announced the bill signings Tuesday. One measure makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disrupt or interrupt a worship service with profanity, noise or indecent behavior. Violators could face fines of up to $500 and six months in jail.

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