Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
5:48 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Price defends Missouri Plan in State of the Judiciary Address

The Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court urged lawmakers to leave the state's non-partisan court plan alone during his State of the Judiciary Address today at the State Capitol.

Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., spent more than half of his address defending the Missouri Plan.

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MO Statehouse
4:32 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Mo. House committee hears voter I.D. legislation

Mo. House Elections committee hears testimony on legislation to require photo identification be shown before voting.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Critics lined up today at the Missouri Capitol to speak out against legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

A similar law passed in 2006 was struck down by the State Supreme Court.

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Saving for College
1:33 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Missouri college savings plan becomes cheaper for participants

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, left, announces changes to Missouri's college savings plan, MOST 529. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri's college savings plan will now have lower administrative costs.

At a press conference at the University of Missouri St. Louis today, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced a new five-year management agreement with Upromise Investments and Vanguard that will decrease the cost of the MOST 529 plan by 44 percent. The partnership is estimated to save Missourians $18.5 million.

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Workers' Compensation
12:03 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Mo. House OKs changes to workers' compensation

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation designed to undo unexpected fallout from changes made six years ago to the state's workers' compensation system.

Lawmakers in 2005 approved changes to Missouri's workers' compensation system to establish tougher standards for an injured Missourian to qualify. Not all of the changes have gone as planned, and lawmakers this year are considering bills to tweak some of them.

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MO Statehouse
5:34 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Mo. House committee passes balanced budget amendment proposal

Mo. House Budget Committee considers resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A resolution that would launch a new attempt to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has passed a Missouri House committee.


The measure is sponsored by State Representative Dwight Scharnhorst (R, Valley Park).

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MO Statehouse
5:46 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Two state buildings evacuated in Jefferson City due to snow on roofs

One of two DHSS buildings in Jefferson City evacuated due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.
KRCG-TV

Two state office buildings in Jefferson City were evacuated today, due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.


More than 550 people work in the two buildings, which house the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

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MO Statehouse
4:21 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow removal in Mo. will likely cost more than $8 million

As of today, the Missouri Department of Transportation has used plows and salt spreaders like these to spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads to fight this week's major winter storms. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri will likely spend more than $8 million removing snow from highways that fell during this week's major winter storms.

As of Thursday, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews have spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads, and have put in more than 40,000 hours of overtime.

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Robin Carnahan / Fox News
2:49 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Carnahan, Fox News settle Mo. Senate race lawsuit

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan waves to the crowd during an election night watch party in St. Louis on Nov. 2, 2010. Carnahan has settled a lawsuit with the Fox News Network about one of her campaign ads. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Former Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan has settled a lawsuit with the Fox News Network alleging copyright infringement by one of her campaign ads.

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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Nixon releases $10 million for school buses in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released an additional $10 million withheld from school bus funding for Missouri's public schools this year.

Nixon initially ordered $70 million withheld from K-12 transportation funding, citing dwindling revenues.

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Texting While Driving
9:32 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. Senate gives first-round approval to extend texting ban

(via Flickr/OregonDOT)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand the texting-while-driving ban to all motorists, not just those ages 21 or younger.

Although the bill passed, some senators opposed to the ban attached two amendments that have nothing to do with texting-while-driving, in an effort to kill the bill.  But both were vehicle-related, so supporters changed the bill's title to include various topics related to motor vehicles. 

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