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Jerry Lee / Public Safety Director
4:03 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Former St. Louis County police chief Lee named Mo. public safety director

Jerry Lee.
(via St. Louis City Board of Police Commissioners website)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the former police chief of St. Louis County, Jerry Lee, has been named as the new state public safety director.

Lee will replace former director John Britt, who left the position last Thursday.

The appointment of Lee now leaves a vacancy on the St. Louis City Board of Police Commissioners to be filled by gubernatorial appointment "in due time," Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (L) welcomes China's Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong during a state dinner last year. Nixon says Mo. officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trip to China.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to announce details of China trip

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says state officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trade trip to China. Nixon plans to announce more details of the trip today during a visit to a Cargill soybean processing facility in Kansas City.

The governor said Monday the trip will allow the state to sign export agreements with Chinese agencies and provide a chance for numerous Missouri businesses to close deals with Chinese customers.

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MO Statehouse
11:02 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Nixon says House business incentives bill only widens differences

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

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a business incentive bill passed by the House has widened the differences with the Senate in a special legislative session.

Nixon said Tuesday that he prefers the Senate version of the legislation but hopes lawmakers can still settle their differences and send him a bill.

Republican senators were to meet privately later Tuesday to discuss the legislation passed last week by the House.

Boeing / Mo. Statehouse
2:28 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Mo. lawmakers, governor at odds over fighter jets

A Boeing FA-18 fighter jet.
(via Boeing)

Updated at 4 p.m. with statement from Boeing.

Updated 3:51 p.m. with Boeing jobs figures in Missouri

A new wrinkle of disagreement has emerged in Missouri's special legislative session on business incentives. State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon now apparently are at odds over the production of military fighter jets.

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Dog breeder rules
6:28 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

New dog breeder rules finalized by Mo. Dept. of Agriculture

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has finalized the first set of new rules for dog breeders in Missouri, which go into effect January first.

They're the result of a compromise reached earlier this year between Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Republican lawmakers.

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Claire McCaskill
12:33 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Prior commitment kept McCaskill from Obama’s St. Louis fundraisers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says that she wishes she could have attended President Barack Obama's fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president's visit.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that she wishes she could have attended President’s Barack Obama’s fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president’s visit.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and other Republican Party officials pointed out that McCaskill and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, both democrats, would not attend. Nixon did meet the President at the airport and appeared at the downtown fundraiser with Obama.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 29, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter. The Cards completed one of the more remarkable comebacks in baseball history, clinching the NL wildcard Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cards clinch NL wild card

Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals completed one of the more remarkable comebacks in baseball history, clinching the NL wild card Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.

The Cardinals got their playoff spot when the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings. St. Louis trailed Atlanta by 10 1/2 games on Aug. 25. The Cardinals won 23 of their last 31 games.

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MO Statehouse
5:23 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Mo. special session in limbo

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Lawmakers have left Jefferson City and are not scheduled to return, even though the special session is still officially underway.  House and Senate leaders are still at odds over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

The only legislative action so far this week was Monday’s technical session in the Missouri Senate, in which two Senators gaveled the chamber in, took no action, then gaveled out about a minute later.  The House is scheduled to hold a similarly brief session on Thursday.

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Gov. Nixon press conference
6:54 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Nixon comments on Mo. special session, Mamtek, during Capitol press conference

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) talks with reporters at a press conference at the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) met with reporters at the State Capitol today to discuss the latest developments with the special legislative session.   He also commented on the Mamtek controversy that has damaged the financial status of the small town of Moberly and caused some legislative leaders to question whether parts of the tax credit bill could wreak the same havoc.

You can listen to the entire news conference by clicking on the word "listen" above.

Mo. Special session
5:32 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Mo. special session lives on, but lawmakers remain divided

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The special legislative session in Missouri did not come to an end today, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they would go home if an agreement on a wide-ranging tax credit bill wasn’t reached by today's adjournments.

Instead, both chambers will hold technical sessions, where just a handful of lawmakers gavel in for a few minutes and then adjourn.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says his chamber will only meet in technical sessions until an agreement is reached on tax credits, or until time runs out in early November, whichever comes first.

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