Jay Nixon

State Government
3:47 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Mo. House Committee To Investigate Workplace Environment Under Nixon Appointees

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
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A Missouri state House committee has agreed to hold hearings on reports that some of Gov. Jay Nixon's department heads created hostile work environments for their employees.

The announcement from Republican House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka came the same week that Gracia Backer, the former head of the state's Division of Employment Security, alleged that she was fired from her job for raising concerns about discrimination in her department.

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Politics
8:33 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Missouri Announces More Grants To Child Care Centers

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Missouri has awarded an additional $4.2 million in grants to improve facilities at six child care centers around the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon is touting the funding through the Department of Economic Development as part of what he calls the "Missouri Start Smart" initiative to expand access to early childhood education.

The money will help expand three preschool facilities in the St. Louis area, one in the Macon area in northern Missouri, and one each in the Calhoun and Polo school districts in western Missouri:

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Food Stamps
3:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Nixon Withdraws Proposed Food Stamps Rule Change

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reversed course on a proposed rule change that would have cut food stamp eligibility for unemployed adults without children.

Nixon had initially cited concerns over the amount of federal funds available for state-run food assistance programs, but now says there's more certainty due to the end of the partial government shutdown last week.  Fellow Democrat and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis says she's elated by the governor's reversal.

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Education
6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to K-12 education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 23, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Two days after pledging to significantly raise Missouri's Higher Education budget next year, Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state's public schools.

Nixon told K-12 school leaders in Jefferson City that the state's AAA credit rating and improving economy will enable his administration to spend more money on educating Missouri's children.

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Nixon on World Series
7:12 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Attend World Series, Is 'Negotiating' A Bet With Mass. Governor

(UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he will attend the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, though he hasn't disclosed which game he plans to attend.

He told reporters in Jefferson City on Monday that he's in the process of negotiating a bet with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D).

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Higher Education
6:46 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Nixon Says He'll Propose 'Substantially' Larger Mo. Higher Ed. Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to Higher Education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 21, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) says next year he's going to propose a Higher Education budget that's "substantially" higher that it's been in recent years.

Nixon made that promise Monday to a group of Higher Education officials meeting in Jefferson City, though he won't say yet how high his proposed budget hike will be.  He also suggested that his higher budget proposal could be rendered moot if this year's failed income tax cut legislation is revived next year.

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Government Shutdown
7:04 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City Office Over Govt. Shutdown

About 40 protesters demonstrate against the fed. govt. shutdown outside Mo. Congressman Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office on Oct. 15, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A group of protesters Tuesday afternoon called on Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began October first.

The 40 demonstrators picketed outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office and also delivered a so-called "cease and desist order" to members of his staff.    Allison Dreith is with the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, the group that sponsored the demonstration.

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Government Shutdown
7:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Nixon Admin. Crafting Proposal To Reopen National Park Sites In Missouri

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.

In a statement released late Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he's directed members of his staff to put together a proposal for reopening National Park Service sites in Missouri, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park.  He calls the two sites "national treasures" that draw millions of tourists every year and "generate significant economic activity."

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Lethal Injection
5:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug - Why The Change Of Plans?

Propofol.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Politically Speaking
10:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Politically Speaking: Auditor Schweich On Gubernatorial Withholds, St. Louis Public Schools And 2014

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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