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12:21 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Missouri refinances millions in debt to balance its books

The state has already refinanced the $20 million it cost to build Mizzou Arena
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Missouri is planning to refinance more than $500 million of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Mo vets receive Legion of Honor medal

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Three Missouri World War Two veterans have received France’s Legion of Honor medal, the highest award given by the French government for service to that country.  The three were recognized Monday at a ceremony at the State Capitol.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Nixon slashes higher education budget but doesn't want tuition raised

Governor Jay Nixon
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The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly 106 million dollars, or 12.5%.

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Politics
10:59 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Cannabis activists jailed while gathering signatures

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A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petitioners in St. Charles over the weekend.

By Joseph Leahy, KWMU.

Two volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.

“I think they legitimately thought that that counted as soliciting," said John Payne, a spokesman for the group. "But gathering signatures for a petition is very much protected by the First Amendment. That is pure political expression in a purely public area.”

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Politics
10:54 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Missouri approves petitions to tax tobacco

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Missouri’s Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products.  But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation.  Of those remaining, the aims may be very different.  

By Elana Gordon, KCUR.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Insider testifies on Mamtek, cites concerns before the deal was closed

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plas in 2012
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A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.

Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

House passes budget caps

The Missouri House of Representatives
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One day after giving it first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to place spending caps on the state budget.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Mo lieutenant governor

Judy Baker
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Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Bill would cap state spending

The Missouri state house floor
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap state spending, based on each year’s inflation rate and population growth.  The vote split almost entirely along party lines.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

MO chief justice wants to shrink prison population

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman
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One day after Governor Jay Nixon made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers Wednesday.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

At State of the State address, Nixon presents a budget with wide cuts

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Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual State of the State Address last night Tuesday night.  He touched briefly on the state budget and other issues, while spending lots of time showcasing his administration’s accomplishments and praising the values of Missouri citizens as he prepares for his re-election bid this fall.  Marshall Griffin recaps the address from Jefferson City:

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Media criticism
11:29 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Views of the News: Wiki-Blackout, Non Sequitur, Newsweek Cover, The Simpsons

Wikipedia Leads Protest on Piracy Bills

Jenna Wortham, The New York Times: "Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills"

Evan Hansen, Wired.com: "Why We've Censored Wired.com"

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Intersection
12:28 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State of the State analysis

Panelists discussed how Gov. Nixon's proposals could affect residents of the state.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps

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Plaintiffs challenging Missouri’s new Congressional and State Senate maps are celebrating.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri Rep. Wallingford to run for state Senate

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Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.

Politics
11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Nixon to deliver State of the State address Tuesday night

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Jay Nixon will deliver his fourth State of the State Address as Missouri Governor Tuesday night. 

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon January 16, 2012

State senator wants new judicial panel election process

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Some Missouri lawmakers are making a renewed push to change the way appellate judges are selected.

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Politics
9:19 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Legislation aims to make grants, state cuts transparent

Missouri senators are pushing legislation that could make more information available to the public about federal grants and state budget cuts.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Sen. Blunt has coronary stent implanted

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 Blunt's office said Friday that the 62-year-old Republican senator underwent "a routine and successful" outpatient medical procedure Thursday at George Washington University Hospital.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Nixon's campaign account has $5 million for re-election bid

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has more than $5 million in his campaign account as he heads into the 2012 elections.

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Politics
11:11 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Legislature will consider loan interest cap

A payday loan shop window.
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A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

MO Supreme Court hears challenge to new congressional maps

The Mid-Missouri portion of the "Grand Compromise Map."

The Missouri Supreme Court heard three lawsuits Thursday that seek to erase new maps drawn during last year’s redistricting processes.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Business community seeks to reform workers' comp system

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A new bill moving through the Missouri Senate aims to reform workers' compensation in the state. Backers say the move is badly needed to improve the business climate in Missouri. But there is little consensus on the specifics.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place caps on all state spending. 

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NPR Story
10:46 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from the debate.

Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.

Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman kept their fire mostly trained on Sen. Claire McCaskill and President Obama during the hour-long forum, which was sponsored by KTRS Radio and the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.

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Politics
9:59 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Views of the News: Expectations, Cursing, Innovation & Bandwidth Hogs

The Expectations Game

Brian Stelter, The New York Times: "With a Fast and Anticipated Result, TV Analysts Shift Focus to South Carolina"

Neil King, Jr. and Gerald F. Seib, TheWall Street Journal: "Chances to Slow GOP Leader Dwindle"

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It's All Politics
6:06 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Now, It's On To South Carolina

With last night's results part of history, the candidates and press turned very quickly to South Carolina, which the AP says "is shaping up to be a dogfight."

And the stakes are high: After winning New Hampshire, Mitt Romney became the first non-incumbent Republican to win the primary season's first two contests, so as Bloomberg puts it, South Carolina, which votes Jan. 21, may be the last chance opponents have to derail Romney.

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