Politics & Issues

Grain dealers bill signed
6:31 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs grain dealers measure into law

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation implementing new regulations for grain dealers in Missouri.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law legislation designed to protect Missouri farmers from dishonest or financially struggling grain dealers.

The measure comes out of what state officials call the largest grain fraud scheme in Missouri history:  Prosecutors charged Cathy Gieseker with defrauding 180 grain farmers out of at least $27 million as her business went under.  She pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and is now in prison.

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MO Statehouse
5:02 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 22 bills into law, vetoes seven

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

Will be updated.

Updated 5:17 p.m. with concealed gun law information.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday afternoon that he has signed 22 bills and vetoed seven others.

One of the bills signed into law, House Bill 294, lowers the minimum age for obtaining a concealed guns permit to 21. The minimum age had been 23 - said by the National Rifle Association to be the highest in the country - since Missouri adopted its concealed weapons law in 2003.

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MO Statehouse
2:40 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Tilley: "Thanks, but no thanks" to jobs bill meeting

Missouri House of Representatives Speaker Steven Tilley.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

At least one Missouri legislative leader is so far saying "no" to Governor Jay Nixon's proposed top-level meeting to forge a jobs bill

House Speaker Steven Tilley said any such meeting would be premature while the House and Senate remain at odds over tax credit reform.

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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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