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5:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bill would limit drone use in the state

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  Missouri residents and government agencies could not use drones to conduct surveillance without a warrant under legislation advanced by the state House.

The measure would also prevent journalists and other organizations from using drones to observe private property without an owner's consent. State universities could still use unmanned aircraft to conduct educational research.

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7:38 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'Angel Investment' seeks to attract high-tech money to state

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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8:21 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cellphone tower bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill limiting the ability of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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8:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Missouri Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Without one word of debate, the Missouri Senate Thursday passed legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri.

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5:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes

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  Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out of Columbia.

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out to ESPN last week. He could be the first openly gay NFL player after the draft in May.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," Sam said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."

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5:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bill would give universities extra funding for good performance

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  Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation that would reward the state's four-year institutions for good performance with more funding.

Under the measure endorsed Tuesday, public universities would establish performance criteria. The criteria would be used to determine how much extra money the institutions get during years the state can afford to increase college funding.

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8:16 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Mo. lawmakers may fund university buildings

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Missouri lawmakers appear to agree with Gov. Jay Nixon that public colleges and universities should get more money next year.

But some lawmakers want to put part of that money toward building improvements, instead of devoting it to operations as proposed by Nixon.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream says he wants to make use of a 2012 law that authorizes state money for college building projects that generate a 50 percent match through private donations.

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8:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, discuss their FY2015 budget plans with reporters.
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Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:38 pm

Republican leaders in the Missouri House have scrapped the budget being proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Instead they will use last year's budget bills as a starting point for crafting their fiscal year 2015 spending plan.

House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, says their budget bills contain none of the governor's spending proposals for the fiscal year (FY2015) that begins July 1.

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8:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mo. Legislature plans full day despite storm

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Snow, bitter cold and high winds are not enough for a snow day at the Missouri Capitol.

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7:58 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mo. cancer patients seek coverage of chemo pills

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Some cancer patients want Missouri legislators to make chemotherapy pills more affordable.

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7:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Nixon Calls Senate Tax-Cut Proposal 'Fiscally Irresponsible'

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Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:13 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has swiftly attacked a state Senate panel’s action to approve a phased-in tax cut that he estimates will cost the state $1 billion a year when fully implemented.

Nixon called it a “fiscally irresponsible tax experiment.”

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7:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

'Right-to-work' bill praised and blasted in House committee hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
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A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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5:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session.
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Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:31 pm

The Missouri General Assembly's 2014 session is underway, and the first day sounded a lot like last year's session.

In his opening remarks, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, laid out his agenda for this year's regular session: medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

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8:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

As Session Opens, Missouri Legislature May Refight Old Battles But Resolve Some New Ones

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Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:36 pm

As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to open on Wednesday for its five-month session, those involved – in and out of the state Capitol – say the big unknown about this year’s proceedings centers on one major question:

Will the session be about the past – the continued debates over Medicaid expansion and tax cuts? Or will it be controlled by new matters – notably, the unrest over student transfers from failed districts and the looming 2014 elections?

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8:07 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Washington State Machinists Narrowly Approve Contract To Build Boeing's 777X

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:50 pm

Updated at 12:30 a.m. on 1/4/14.

The nationwide chase for Boeing's 777X is over.

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