Spring Flooding / Storms
3:30 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Nixon asks Farm Service Agency to begin storm, flooding damage assessments

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon was given a tour of the Black River Coliseum by volunteers in Poplar Bluff, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding was breached in several places - the Coliseum acted as a shelter.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Following the severe flooding and storms in Missouri this spring, Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to begin their assessments of damage in 56 Missouri counties.

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John Ashcroft
9:48 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Former Mo. Gov. Ashcroft joins company once known as Blackwater

Former U.S. Attorney General and Mo. Governor John Ashcroft.
(via Flickr/Pablo Manriquez)

Former U.S. Attorney General and Missouri Governor John Ashcroft is joining the security firm once known as Blackwater.

Investment group USTC Holdings, LLC, said Wednesday that Ashcroft is serving as an independent director for Moyock, N.C.-based Xe Services.

The director positions were created in December when USTC purchased Xe. The private company became famous as Blackwater, which provided guards and services to the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, May 2, 2011

People gather at Ground Zero in New York, NY. Sunday night to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden is Dead

Missouri lawmakers are reacting to the news that the mastermind of 9-11 has been killed by US Forces. In a statement, Republican Senator Roy Blunt calls Osama bin Laden’s death a major victory for America. Missouri’s Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, calls bin Laden’s death quote “justice delivered.”

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Missouri Redistricting
5:22 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Nixon focused on natural disasters, holds comment on redistricting map

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

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is not commenting yet on whether he intends to sign or veto the congressional redistricting map passed this week by the Republican-led Missouri House and Senate.

When asked by reporters in St. Louis, Nixon replied that he’s been too busy dealing with natural disasters to spend any time on the map that reduces Missouri’s congressional districts from nine down to eight.

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Franchise Tax
2:02 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Nixon to sign repeal of Mo. franchise tax

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

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to gradually repeal a tax on some Missouri businesses.

The bill reduces Missouri's franchise tax rate over the next several years before repealing it altogether for the 2016 tax year. Nixon signed the measure Tuesday in Kansas City at Boulevard Brewing Co. He said repealing the measure will provide an incentive for companies to move to Missouri.

The state's franchise tax was levied in 1917 and applies to company assets such as buildings and inventory.

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Spring Flooding
12:50 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Flooding closes hundreds of roads in Missouri, Illinois

A Missouri National Guard member stages vehicles at the Cape Girardeau armory in preparation for possible use in state emergency duty. More than 200 Missouri Guard members were activated in anticipation of possible flooding in the southern portion of Mo.
(via Flickr/The National Guard/M. Queiser/Missouri National Guard)

The floods affecting southern and southeastern Missouri and towns along the Mississippi River have resulted in hundreds of closed roads in the state, along with neighboring areas in Illinois.

Updated 1:32 p.m. April 26:

The City of Fenton has announced that The River Road in Fenton, Mo. at the intersection of Yarnell Road and Larkin-Williams Road is now closed.

In Missouri:

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Spring Flooding
3:39 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Major flooding possible in region over next few days

Leoine K. Sullivan Street in St. Louis is forced to close several days a year due to flooding. Flood conditions are developing from Canton, Mo. all the way south of St. Louis.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Forecasters say major flooding is a possibility as the region braces for heavy rainfall over the next five days.

Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

He says melting rain and ice from northern states combined with localized rainfall is creating flood conditions from near the Iowa state line in Canton, Mo. all the way south of St. Louis.

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Missouri Redistricting
12:11 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Mo. House OKs another proposed redistricting map

The congressional district map adopted as an amendment to legislation today by the Missouri House of Representatives.
(Missouri House Communications)

Missouri House members have voted to approve another congressional redistricting proposal just a few hours after negotiations over a map broke down with senators.

The House endorsed another map by voice-vote on Friday. House supporters say it was designed to address a couple senators' concerns over other redistricting proposals.

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Mo. Governor's Travel
2:37 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Auditor Schweich raises concerns over Mo. Gov. Nixon's travel costs

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(via Office of the Auditor)

Another auditor is criticizing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's administration for billing a state agency over travel costs.

The audit released Thursday by Republican Auditor Tom Schweich found $1,630 was charged to the Division of Workforce Development, in the Department of Economic Development. Nixon and a labor department official promoted a program administered by the workforce division. The audit said documents for the flight showed no division staff came along.

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Dog Breeding Law
1:36 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Nixon: Progress made on Mo. dog-breeding issue

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

Update: A 2 p.m. scheduled press conference with Gov. Nixon on this topic was canceled without explanation to the press.

Updated at 3:46 p.m. April 20, 2011:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says officials are making progress toward completing an agreement on a dog-breeding law to make revisions embraced by the governor.

The Legislature earlier passed legislation to rewrite a dog-breeding law that voters approved last year. Nixon didn't say Wednesday if he'll sign or veto that legislation.

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