Marshall Griffin http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-voters-decide-privacy-protection-veterans-lottery-ticket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the five proposed constitutional amendments </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.&nbsp; One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.</span></p><p><strong>Electronic data and communications</strong></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:31:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37853 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket Missouri Transportation Commissioners Approve Final Transportation Tax Project List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-transportation-commissioners-approve-final-transportation-tax-project-list <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri transportation commissioners have approved a list of projects totalling $4.8 billion that would be funded by a 0.75 percent sales tax that voters will decide next month.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:38:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37926 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Transportation Commissioners Approve Final Transportation Tax Project List Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/would-right-farm-ballot-question-protect-family-farms-or-ag-corporations <p>Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.</p><p><strong>Origins and journey of 'Right to Farm'</strong></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:25:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37653 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-cuts-more-1-billion-fy2015-state-budget <p><em>Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.</em></p><p><em>Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24.&nbsp; </em></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.</p><p>Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:58:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37471 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-revamping-missouris-funeral-protest-law <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several bills passed during the 2014 regular session into law Friday.</p><p><strong>Tweak to funeral protest law</strong></p><p>First, Nixon signed &nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1372&amp;year=2014&amp;code=R">House Bill 1372</a>, which fixes a legal issue with Missouri's ban on protests at funerals.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:18:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37399 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law 'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/right-farm-opponents-stage-rally-missouri-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-development-finance-board-approves-15-million-tax-credits-museum-under-gateway-arch <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Those donations and the incentives would go toward renovating the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:30:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37285 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch Missouri Has Yet To Pay Out $113 Million In State Tax Refunds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-has-yet-pay-out-113-million-state-tax-refunds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of Missourians are still waiting for state income tax refunds, nearly two months after the April </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">15</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filing deadline.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:57:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 37164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Has Yet To Pay Out $113 Million In State Tax Refunds Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-calls-gov-nixon-preserve-dental-benefits-state-budget <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:14:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36845 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget Missouri Conservation Commission Tries To Stop Chronic Wasting Disease In Wild Deer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-conservation-commission-tries-stop-chronic-wasting-disease-wild-deer <p>Missouri's Conservation Commission voted unanimously Friday to adopt a list of recommendations designed to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from captive white tail deer to the wild population.</p><p>The recommendations primarily target privately owned fields, pens and reserves where trophy deer are raised to be hunted.&nbsp; <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Hubbard, chief of the Department of Conservation's (MDC) Resource Science Division, says the recommendations include banning the import of white tail deer, mule deer and their hybrids into Missouri.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:01:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36805 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Conservation Commission Tries To Stop Chronic Wasting Disease In Wild Deer