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Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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State of Missouri Finances
12:55 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Mo. finances up, but cuts remain

Figures from the Mo. state treasurer's office show Missouri's general revenue fund was up 57 percent from the previous year. (via Flickr/yomanimus)

Missouri's finances are improving, but Gov. Jay Nixon's administration remains reluctant to reverse spending cuts affecting public schools, college scholarships and other services.

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St. Louis Rams
12:28 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Cleveland Browns hire Pat Shurmur as coach, was Off. Coord. for Rams

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo during his final press conference of the season on January 3, 2011. Spagnuolo will lose his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is Cleveland's new coach.

The Browns hired Shurmur on Thursday, ending a search that began when Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. Shurmur was the first candidate interviewed by Browns president Mike Holmgren and is the Browns' fifth coach since their expansion return in 1999.

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Dog Breeding Law
3:33 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Humane Society leader defends Mo. dog-breeding law

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States spoke to Missouri lawmakers today to discourage the repeal of the state's new dog-breeding law. (The Humane Society of the United States)

A high-profile supporter of Missouri's new dog-breeding law is meeting with lawmakers to discourage them from repealing the voter-approved initiative.

The law limits the number of dogs a breeder may have and how frequently they can be bred. It also requires animals be provided veterinary care and given outdoor access.

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Illinois Lame-Duck Session
1:40 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Quinn comments on Ill. tax increase, death penalty

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several major bills in the last few days of its lame-duck session.

Two of the bills, one on an income tax increase and the other on abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, were the focus of a press conference held today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Here are some highlights of Quinn's comments:

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MO Statehouse
2:28 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. House OKs measure criticizing health care law

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The resolution also urges Missouri's attorney general to defend a voter-approved law that bars the government from requiring people to have health insurance or penalizing them for not having it. The federal law requires that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.

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Recount Bill
11:31 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts

Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?

Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.

Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.

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George Ryan
5:29 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ryan denied plea for freedom to spend time with ill wife

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan in 2007 prior to his indictment. (Flickr Creative Commons User spsarge).

An attempt for former Ill. governor George Ryan to be released from prison on bail has failed, according to the Associated Press.

We've been following the story of Ryan's efforts to leave prison to spend time with his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.

After the announcement of his wife's deteriorating condition in early Dec. 2010,  Ryan made an urgent plea to be relased, which he was denied.

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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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Quinn Sworn In
12:18 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Quinn sworn in as Ill. governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Jr. takes the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on January 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as governor of Illinois, two years after he got the job when his predecessor, the much-discussed Rod Blagojevich, was kicked out of office.

Quinn was sworn in Monday in Springfield amid an immense budget crisis.

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