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Big trucks on small roads

Jan 25, 2012
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Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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They were discovered Tuesday outside the offices of five Democratic State Senators and one Republican House Member.  Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County says someone planted two stickers outside her office:

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A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require voters to show a photo I-D at the polls.  As  Marshall Griffin reports from Jefferson City, the measure is similar to the one vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon last year.

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Legislation that would change Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards is getting attention this week by both State House and Senate members.

Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown as she seeks a second term from the redrawn 4th U.S. House district.

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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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.

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

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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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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

 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.

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

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

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