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A half-size, movable version of the Vietnam Veterans memorial wall is now on display at the Missouri Capitol.

The "Moving Wall," as it's officially known, is not the only traveling version of the memorial in Washington, D.C., but it's the only version sanctioned by Congress.

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Around 400 people crowded onto the South Lawn of the Missouri Capitol Friday to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the laying of the building's cornerstone and to learn which items will be placed inside a new time capsule.

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The contents of a time capsule sealed inside the Missouri Capitol are seeing the light of day for the first time in 100 years. The copper box was removed last week from the southeast cornerstone of the Capitol building, where it had sat since June 24, 1915.

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Gov. Jay Nixon and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are touting plans to pass a bond issue to fund repairs to the state Capitol in Jefferson City.

Along with legislators and reporters, Nixon toured areas of the under-section of the nearly century-old building Monday, observing mud, mold, and stalactites from dripping water that have formed underneath the old carriage passage-turned-driveway.

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When Missouri became a state 193 years ago Sunday, the plan was to put the state capitol in a central location. But there was just one problem.

“There was no Jefferson City at the time,” said Sue Love, with the Missouri Parks Department. "They built it specifically to be our capitol. So while they were building Jefferson City, they had to have some place to meet, plan and prepare because they had already started the process of becoming a state.”

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An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.

Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard Jr. of Jefferson City.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" Howard said as he quoted King.

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The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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The Missouri Senate is considering legislation that would beef up security at the State Capitol.

The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor’s Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed.  It’s sponsored by Robin Wright-Jones (D, St. Louis).  She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican lawmaker.

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Critics lined up today at the Missouri Capitol to speak out against legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

A similar law passed in 2006 was struck down by the State Supreme Court.

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Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.