Politics & Issues

Fireworks safety
5:17 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Mo. Fire Marshal: let professionals handle fireworks

(via Flickr/laffy4k)

Fireworks stands are open for business across Missouri as the Independence Day holiday weekend approaches.   

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole is advising the public that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to let trained professional at public displays shoot them off.

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Missouri Statehouse
1:28 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Mo. ballot measure aimed at initiative petitions

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A proposed ballot measure would make it more difficult for state lawmakers to overhaul initiatives that win approval from Missouri voters.

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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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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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MIssouri Disaster recovery
5:32 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Mo. House committee on disaster recovery holds first meeting

Pettis Co. Emergency Mgt. Dir. David Clippert testifies before the Mo. House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery at its first hearing, held today in Sedalia.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee formed to look into how the state handles natural disasters conducted its first public hearing today in Sedalia, nearly a month after a tornado there destroyed several mobile homes and damaged numerous businesses.

Several local officials and business leaders testified before the House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery.

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Missouri River flooding
5:38 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

More water could be released from South Dakota dam into Mo. River

Brigadier Gen. John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 8:55 with information about another levee breach:

The flooding has breached another levee in northwest Missouri, forcing the evacuation of the Holt County town of Craig.

Emergency officials in Holt County say the flooding Missouri River breached a levee along the Big Tarkio River around 2 p.m. Monday, and another nearby levee is being overtopped.

Residents of Craig have until noon to leave their homes. Emergency sandbagging operations are ongoing.

Our earlier story:

The amount of water being released from a South Dakota dam into the Missouri River could increase, if a weather system currently over the river’s upper basin dumps more rain.

That’s the warning given today by Brigadier General John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a visit to Jefferson City.

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Mo. Voter ID
12:15 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon vetoes voter ID bill

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

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed Senate Bill 3 today, "which would have established requirements for advance voting and voter photo identification for elections," according to Nixon's website.

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Election 2012
10:43 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Mo. state treasurer Zweifel announces plans to run for re-election

Mo. State. Treasurer Clint Zweifel.
(via Missouri State Treasurer's Office)

Missouri's state treasurer Democrat Clint Zweifel has announced his intentions to keep his job in 2012 via a video announcement on his campaign website.

In the video,  Zweifel highlighted his work with farmers, entrepreneurs and small businesses along with the accomplishments of his "Unclaimed Property Team," among other topics.

A release states that Zweifel will begin his campaign with a kick-off event on June 22 in Forest Park in St. Louis.

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Missouri labor issues
6:57 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Community activists launch campaign to combat right-to-work, preserve state min. wage, in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Community activists and labor interests in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state’s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Lawmakers failed to freeze the state’s minimum wage during this year’s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote.

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Missouri Rx / Voter ID
3:09 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Mo. gov. signs Missouri Rx legislation, mum on voter ID

Lawmakers look on as Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs the Missouri Rx legislation into law during ceremonies in St. Louis on June 10, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation today reauthorizing the state's prescription drug assistance program for low-income seniors for three more years.

Missouri Rx pays half of the cost of prescription drugs, including co-pays and deductibles, for eligible seniors. It's designed to cover the gap in Medicare prescription drug benefits known as the donut hole.

The governor says the program will still be needed even as President Obama phases in his overhaul of the health care system.

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