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5:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

St. Louis Public Radio Launches 'Lobbying Missouri' To Follow The Money

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. State law requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend in the process, listing which officials received benefits, such as free meals, professional sports tickets, trips and other gifts.

Lobbying Missouri, a new reporting partnership of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, provides an interactive way to follow the money.

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Old Missouri State Prison
4:53 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State of Mo. & Jefferson City To Split Cleanup Costs At Old Mo. State Prison

East entrance of the old Mo. State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An agreement has been reached between the Nixon Administration and Jefferson City on paying for cleanup and renovations at the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

City officials had been conducting both historic and paranormal tours of the former prison site as part of a major tourism push, but they were canceled in September after high levels of mold were discovered.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) told reporters Wednesday that cleanup costs will be around $2 million, and that the state will foot half the bill.

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3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Accused Of Stealing, Faces Pressure To Resign

State Rep. Steve Webb (D, North St. Louis County)
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications/cropped by St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 11:05 a.m. 11/7/2013

Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, a Democrat from North St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of campaign finance violations. Webb is facing considerable pressure from his party to step down, but has not decided if he will resign.

The misdemeanor charges against Webb are for repeatedly failing to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures.

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Concealed Carry
2:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Want A Concealed-Carry Permit In Illinois Before April? File Another Lawsuit

(via Flickr/Of Small Things)

Gun owners in Illinois who want a concealed-carry permit before April 2014 will have to file a new lawsuit in federal court.

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1:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill Introduce Legislation To Protect Sexual Assault Victims In The Military

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
(via Flickr/Cliff1066tm)

Missouri U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to protect sexual assault victims in the military from aggressive pretrial proceedings. 

The bill, whose cosponsors include Democrat Barbara Boxer of California and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, amends Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which details pretrial investigations. 

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8:57 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Governor Nixon Invites Lawmakers To Medicaid Discussion


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is proposing a Thanksgiving week meeting with Missouri lawmakers to discuss potential changes to the Medicaid health care system.

Nixon wants to meet Nov. 26 with members of House and Senate interim committees who have been studying potential Medicaid changes ahead of the 2014 session. The governor says he wants to talk about ways to "provide better outcomes for patients and better returns for taxpayers."

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Mo. Dept. of Agriculture
5:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State House Cmte. Created To Investigate Allegations At Mo. Dept. Of Agriculture

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has announced the formation of another investigative committee, this time to look into allegations of a hostile work environment at the state Department of Agriculture.

The committee's formation comes weeks after the announced resignation of former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler, and follows the release of a letter by a former Agriculture department employee who accused Hagler of creating a hostile work place.  The committee will be chaired by State Representative Casey Guernsey (R, Bethany).

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Will be updated further.

Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:

The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports:

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5:08 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Interactive: Lobbying In Missouri

Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. In partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a new way to keep track of all the gifts your state lawmakers have been receiving.

5:51 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally

Norma Andrade became a U.S. citizen last week after living in the United States for 19 years.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)

The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House. 

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