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MO Statehouse / Jobs
4:32 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Nixon to invite Mo. lawmakers to meeting to work on jobs bill

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.

The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:45 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mo. gets $13.9M more for disaster cleanup program

Tree limbs piled up near Saint John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo. on May 22, 2011 after a tornado swept through the area.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri is getting more money to put people who have lost their jobs to natural disasters back to work helping with the cleanup.

The Disaster Recovery Jobs Program was created last month with funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act. The state used an initial allocation of nearly $6 million to hire 400 people for recovery work from the May 22 tornado in Joplin.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri now has an additional $13.9 million for the program.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Ameren's plan to dump coal waste moves forward

Ameren’s plan for a coal waste dump in an eastern Missouri floodway  has moved a step forward.

Ameren operates a power plant along the Missouri River in the Franklin County town of Labadie and dumps coal ash into two ponds. Those ponds are near capacity and Ameren wants to fill the river bottom with coal waste and surround it with a 20-foot-tall levee.  

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Sprinkler bill vetoed
6:39 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Nixon vetoes bill that would have delayed sprinkler system rule

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would have given residential care centers two more years to install sprinkler systems.

In 2006, 10 residents were killed in a fire at a group home in Anderson that did not have a sprinkler system.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system. The National Guard is working to hold back the swollen river. This is aerial footage over the St. Joseph, Mo. area.
(Screen capture via YouTube/139thAirliftWing)

Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

The governor made the request yesterday in a letter to President Barack Obama. Nixon notes that the Missouri has already caused extensive flooding and is expected to threaten 25 counties in all, from the far northwest to St. Louis. He says flash floods have also affected Clark and Lewis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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Flooding
2:40 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Nixon seeks emergency declaration for Missouri due to flooding

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

Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

The governor made the request Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mo. faces several more weeks of potential flooding along the Missouri River. National Guard Col. David Boyle says about 200 troops have been working full-time on the flood.
flickr/The National Guard

National Guard responding to flooding in St. Joseph

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri faces several more weeks of potential flooding along the Missouri River as high water pushes its way south and eastward across the state.

Nixon met with officials from the Missouri National Guard outside St. Joseph for a briefing Monday on the guard's response to the flooding. He said the floods were made worse by heavy overnight storms that dumped up to 4 inches of rain in some sections, swelling the river past major flood stage near St. Joseph.

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Missouri Film Office
12:00 am
Mon June 27, 2011

State film office closes Thursday

Budget cuts are forcing the Missouri Film Office to close its doors on Thursday.
(via Flickr/derrickcollins)

The two-person office that helped directors find locations, talent and equipment when they shot movies in Missouri is closing its doors Thursday, the victim of ongoing tight budgets.

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Joplin Tornado
3:16 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Nixon announces programs to aid Joplin businesses

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon talk with police outside Saint John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. on May 23, 2011.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The Missouri Department of Economic Development will use $50 million in bond money to help Joplin-area manufacturers recover from the May 22 tornado.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Joplin Friday to announce $75 million in awards and modifications of existing programs aimed at helping business and industry in the Joplin area. Two-thirds of that funding comes from Private Activity Tax Exempt Bond capacity that has been set aside to aid the region.

Special Session
5:18 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Nixon sounding optimistic on special session

Gov. Jay Nixon, shown here after his 2011 State of the State, is indicating he may call lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session on economic development.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon today indicated he may be ready to call the Missouri General Assembly back to Jefferson City to finish work on a stalled economic development bill.

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