Jay Nixon

Morning round-up
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the Missouri River will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jay Woods)

Another Levee Breach in Northwestern Mo.

A new levee breach in northwestern Missouri threatens to close yet another section of Interstate 29.

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Nixon seeks to ensure sand for flood fighting
2:48 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Nixon orders more sand for flood-fighting in Missouri

Levee breach in Atchison County, Missouri, on June 13, 2011.
(Photo courtesy Atchison County Emergency Management)

The state of Missouri is poised to help some of the towns along the Missouri River who may be running out of sand for sandbags.

Governor Jay Nixon is ordering the State Emergency Management Agency to help those fighting flooding along the Missouri River to obtain more sand.  At Nixon's direction, SEMA has identified additional suppliers that could provide sand if local supplies are exhausted or running low.

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Mo. Voter ID
12:15 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon vetoes voter ID bill

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed Senate Bill 3 today, "which would have established requirements for advance voting and voter photo identification for elections," according to Nixon's website.

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Nixon on compromise legislation
1:43 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Nixon adds $1.1 million for oversight of dog breeders

Governor Nixon made the announcement Tuesday at the Humane Society of MIssouri office in St. Louis.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Missouri’s budget for next fiscal year includes $1.1 million more for oversight of dog breeders.

Governor Jay Nixon highlighted the funding at a press conference Tuesday at the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.

The move comes after the governor helped craft a compromise bill this spring that toughened state oversight of dog breeders but scaled back some provisions of the voter-approved initiative Prop B.

Humane Society of Missouri president Kathy Warnick says the group has no regrets about the compromise.  

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Missouri Rx / Voter ID
3:09 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Mo. gov. signs Missouri Rx legislation, mum on voter ID

Lawmakers look on as Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs the Missouri Rx legislation into law during ceremonies in St. Louis on June 10, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation today reauthorizing the state's prescription drug assistance program for low-income seniors for three more years.

Missouri Rx pays half of the cost of prescription drugs, including co-pays and deductibles, for eligible seniors. It's designed to cover the gap in Medicare prescription drug benefits known as the donut hole.

The governor says the program will still be needed even as President Obama phases in his overhaul of the health care system.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:06 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Nixon signs, and cuts, FY2012 Mo. budget

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $172 million from the state budget today, including cuts to education.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year into law – but he’s also slashed $172 million from the spending plan that takes effect July first.

Nixon says the cuts are needed not only to keep the state budget balanced, but to also help cover storm damage costs.

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Morning Round-Up
8:22 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Morning Headlines: Friday, June 10, 2011

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the budget for Missouri's upcoming fiscal year today. He could make as many as $113 million in cuts.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Nixon to sign budget, Missouri RX bills

Gov. Jay Nixon will sign the 2012 budget for the state of Missouri - and cuts to the $23 billion spending plan are already in the works.

The governor said two weeks ago he would have to cut at least $113 million. Much of that is due to unplanned expenses from the Joplin tornado and flooding in southeast Missouri. More cuts could be necessary as the state is now also responding to floods along the Missouri River in the northwest corner of the state.

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Birds Point Levee
5:08 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Nixon asks Army Corps to speed approval of temporary Birds Point levee

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The construction plan for a temporary levee at Birds Point got a gubernatorial boost today.

Beginning on May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the levee at Birds Point on to relieve pressure on a strained Mississippi River system. The breech covered about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with water.

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Joplin Tornado / Flooding
11:40 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Nixon asks feds to cover full public aid costs from recent floods, tornadoes

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to pay the full cost of repairing public buildings and infrastructure damaged by recent floods and tornadoes.

Nixon said Friday that his request is based on the historic devastation caused by a tornado that killed at least 138 people in Joplin and flooding that swamped hundreds of thousands of acres in southeast Missouri.

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Joplin Tornado
11:52 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Feds to pay 90 percent of Joplin tornado cleanup

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the federal government will pay 90 percent of costs associated with expedited debris removal from Joplin.

Updated 5:07 p.m. to reflect that the cleanup work begins Wednesday.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the federal government has agreed to pay a greater-than-usual share of the cleanup costs from a deadly tornado that struck Joplin.

He says the federal government will cover 90 percent of the expedited debris removal from areas that received extensive damage.

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