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Bill Greenblatt | UPI

After two years of failing to convince Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid in Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon is pitching an alternative he hopes will sway enough of them to come aboard. But key Republicans remain cool to the idea.

Nixon, a Democrat, unveiled his new proposal Wednesday at appearances in Springfield and Kansas City.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel speaks to the St. Louis Regional Chamber on Friday, March 13, 2015.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Soon after Michael Brown’s shooting death sparked riots and protests that jolted businesses in and around Ferguson, state Treasurer Clint Zweifel decided to get the lay of the land.

Speaking to the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Zweifel said he didn’t look to consultants or political figures for help. Nor did try to figure out solutions from a distance.

St. Louis County Police Department Chief John Belmar gives update on case involving to shot police officers
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Detectives are working around the clock to determine who shot two police officers outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night. That was the message St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar delivered in a press briefing Friday evening.

Office of Sen. McCaskill

Almost half of working-aged Americans are at risk of having a lower standard of living in retirement than they now enjoy, according to a new study by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

“This retirement security crisis is very real,” said U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the ranking member on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. “In Missouri, only 45 percent of private sector workers are participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, and that is not an anomaly.”

Ferguson activist Charles Wade, left, gives Atlanta students a tour of W. Florissant Ave. before they start the voter registration drive on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 13

As several Ferguson officials resigned this week, Atlanta college students under the direction of the NAACP spent their days meeting the city’s residents.

In four days they registered more than 150 Ferguson and Jennings residents to vote, and collected contact information for another 3,000.

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Lawrence Bryant | St. Louis American

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What now?

Ferguson takes stock after a tumultuous week

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Chris King | St. Louis American

A lot that hasn’t been happening since August happened in Ferguson this week – first three concrete steps toward change, then one step toward the abyss.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has passed the 13 bills that make up the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget about three weeks earlier than usual.

Republicans want to send the budget to Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, early enough to require him to make any line-item vetoes while lawmakers are still in session.  That, in turn, would allow them to override any vetoes right away instead of waiting until September's veto session.

Ferguson's Police Department
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Tony Rice was waiting very patiently yesterday outside Ferguson City Hall.

With a cell phone in hand, Rice was awaiting the official announcement of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson’s departure, which sparked protests later that evening, which ended with two police shot.

A police officer is silhouetted against Ferguson's police department and municipal court building, during nighttime protests on November 26, 2014.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 1:05 a.m. March 13 with comments from the protest.

The St. Louis region is struggling to make sense of the shooting of two police officers during a protest in Ferguson last night, and the violence has drawn widespread condemnation.

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