Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse / Jobs
4:32 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Nixon to invite Mo. lawmakers to meeting to work on jobs bill

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

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.

The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

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Mo. Voter ID
11:05 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Suit challenges Mo. voter photo ID

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

A lawsuit is seeking to strike down a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a photo identification mandate for Missouri voters.

The measure passed the Missouri General Assembly this session and is scheduled to go before voters in November 2012.

It would ask voters to amend the state Constitution and allow lawmakers to enact early voting laws and photo ID requirements.

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Sprinkler bill vetoed
6:39 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Nixon vetoes bill that would have delayed sprinkler system rule

Gov. Jay Nixon
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would have given residential care centers two more years to install sprinkler systems.

In 2006, 10 residents were killed in a fire at a group home in Anderson that did not have a sprinkler system.

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Peter Kinder
9:55 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Kinder repays Mo. additional money

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has reimbursed the state another $1,889, after an audit found that he owed additional money for hotel expenses.   

The new payment comes on top of a $52,300 check that Kinder wrote the state in April. His campaign attorney said the original payment roughly equaled Kinder's instate hotel reimbursements but was intended to cover any potentially questionable expenses.

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Jane Cunningham
9:21 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Cunningham will not run for Congress

Jane Cunningham has decided to run for re-election to the state Senate, rather than enter the GOP primary for the Second Congressional District.
(official photo via Missouri State Senate website)

A Republican state senator from suburban St. Louis has decided to remain in Jefferson City.

Jane Cunningham had been pondering entering an already-crowded GOP primary to fill the Congressional seat of Todd Akin, who wants to challenge Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2012.

But in a statement released today, Cunningham said she doesn't run for titles, and wants to hold a position where she can have the largest impact defending conservative values.

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Missouri River flooding
5:50 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Army Corps of Engineers criticized for timing of letters to flood-besieged farmers

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is catching flak for sending out letters to farmers along the flooded Missouri River.

The letters in question are an attempt to gauge farmers' interest in selling their lands to the federal government for wildlife habitat restoration.  Farmers in Missouri and Iowa have been receiving the letters.

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Missouri Chief Justice Price
4:15 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Price's term as Mo. Supreme Court Chief Justice ends, says more money needed for courts

William Ray Price Jr. talks to reporters during his last full day as Chief Justice of the Mo. Supreme Court.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

William Ray Price Jr.’s two-year term as Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court ends today.

He spent his last full day in charge talking to reporters about several topics, including the need to fund the state’s drug courts.  Price says that drugs are the “leading, driving force” behind crime nationwide.

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Mo. Auditor
10:21 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Deal reached between bank regulators, Mo. auditor

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich at a May 3 press conference regarding the financial records.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri auditor and the state's Division of Finance have an agreement about access to records.

Auditor Tom Schweich had subpoenaed records from the Finance Division, saying he needs access to the documents to determine if bank regulators are doing their jobs properly. The Division of Finance responded that it was barred by law from complying and that workers could be dismissed or prosecuted for releasing documents.

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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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