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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Nixon seeking extension for Joplin debris clean-up

Mo.  Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking extension of a federal program covering most of the cost of removing debris from the May tornado in Joplin. Nixon filed a request Tuesday with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the Expedited Debris Removal Program for Joplin until Aug. 31. It's currently scheduled to expire Aug. 7.

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Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon / Staffing Changes
5:13 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Missouri Gov. Nixon makes staff changes

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has hired former Missouri State University president Mike Nietzel as a senior policy adviser.

The hiring was announced Tuesday. Nixon's office tells The Associated Press that Nietzel will have a salary of $100,000 in the new, full-time position.

Nietzel retired as Missouri State president in 2010 after five years leading the Springfield school. He has advised Nixon on education issues and work force readiness since April 2010.

Nixon is also making changes in his communications office.

Morning Round-up
9:25 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced that he opposes a short-term extension of the debt ceiling; he wants to extend it until after the 2012 election. Pres. Obama and Congress face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a potential government default.
(Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won’t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation’s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.

 New conservative ad campaign targets Mo. Sen. McCaskill, among others

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Missouri Disaster Declaration
5:31 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Nixon asks Obama for disaster declaration

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Obama for a major disaster declaration for 23 counties in Missouri hit by severe storms and flooding after June 1.
(via Flickr/USACEpublicaffairs)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for 23 northern counties hit by severe storms and flooding along the Missouri River. He announced the request Monday.

The disaster request would cover events since June 1. If approved, it would allow government aid to flow to families and public agencies that have suffered losses. The counties included in the request are:

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Election 2012
4:11 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Nixon to include legislation on presidential primary in special session

(via Flickr/Daniel Morrison)

Gov. Jay Nixon says legislation changing the date of Missouri's 2012 presidential primary will be on the agenda for a planned special session in September.

Nixon announced this week he plans to order the House and Senate back to Jefferson City to overhaul the state's business incentives.

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Historic Preservation tax credits
5:34 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Historic Preservation tax credits to be cut nearly in half as part of Mo. special session

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The economic development deal struck by lawmakers will cut one of Missouri’s most popular tax credits nearly in half.

The deal between House and Senate leaders would cut the amount of Historic Preservation tax credits issued each year from $140 million down to $80 million.

Ruth Keenoy with the non-profit Landmark Associates of St. Louis, Inc., says the smaller cap would be detrimental to Missouri’s economy.  She wants the incentives to be left as-is.

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Morning round-up
8:43 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced he will lead a trade delegation to China later this year.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to lead trade delegation to China

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to lead a trade delegation to China later this year. The governor's office on Wednesday confirmed a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the trade mission.

No date has been set.

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Business / Aerotropolis
5:32 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Letter: Delegation headed by Mo. Gov. Nixon to visit China

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

Updated 7:51 p.m.

A letter from Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon circulated around Twitter this afternoon, and hosted on the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's website, states that Nixon will be leading a Missouri delegation to China "later this year."

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nixon's office has confirmed that the trip is in the works.

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Morning Round-up
7:56 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The devestating May 22 tornado that ripped through Joplin contributed to a loss of 9,400 jobs in the city. Gov. Jay Nixon will be in Joplin Tuesday to announce an initiative for home rebuilding.
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Joplin tornado contributes to unemployment

Missouri officials say the May 22 tornado in Joplin contributed to the net loss of 13,000 jobs in the state. Joplin alone lost 9,400 jobs in June. The State Department of Economic Development says Missouri’s jobless rate fell from 8.9 percent in May to 8.8 percent in June. In recovery efforts, Gov. Jay Nixon will make a speech Tuesday in Joplin to announce what he calls a “major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs.”  

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Joplin tornado recovery
6:23 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Nixon pledges home-rebuilding aid in Joplin

Gov. Jay Nixon will travel to Joplin today to make an announcement regarding home-rebuilding aid. Thousands of homes were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will play a long-term role in rebuilding housing in Joplin after the deadly May 22 tornado.

Nixon will travel to Joplin today to announce what he describes as a "major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs."

He says it will involve both federal and state resources to support home construction.

The tornado killed 159 people and destroyed thousands of homes while wiping out a large section of the city.

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