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Gov. Jay Nixon has named a new director for Missouri's Department of Agriculture.

Nixon has appointed Richard Fordyce of Bethany to take over the state agency immediately. Harry Bozoian, who has served as acting director, has been named deputy director.

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has announced the formation of another investigative committee, this time to look into allegations of a hostile work environment at the state Department of Agriculture.

The committee's formation comes weeks after the announced resignation of former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler, and follows the release of a letter by a former Agriculture department employee who accused Hagler of creating a hostile work place.  The committee will be chaired by State Representative Casey Guernsey (R, Bethany).

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who is expected to run for governor in 2016, delivered a verbal broadside Saturday night to Republican legislative leaders, as he accused them of being out not only to cripple labor but to destroy the state’s middle class.

“This way of life is going to slip away,” Koster said, as he blasted GOP measures to curb union rights. He painted portraits of workers engaging in physically demanding jobs like setting tile and laying concrete, and who – without union protections -- see their pay cut in half and their benefits such as pensions and health insurance disappear.

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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.