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Capitol News

Welcome to the Missouri State Capitol News Bureau page! KSMU's Missy Shelton brings you the latest from Jefferson City. Visit our Capitol News Bureau where you'll find in-depth reports as well as links to helpful information about state government. And tune in to Jeff City Journal Fridays at 7PM and Sundays at 12:30PM on Ozarks Public Televsion. Each week during the session, Missy Shelton talks with elected officials about important legislative issues.

A coalition of business leaders from across the state held a press conference today to announce six legislative priorities. One goal is to stop automatic increases in the minimum wage as the cost of living goes up. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.



Tax cuts approved under the Bush Administration will expire at the end of the year unless Congress intervenes. Republicans and Democrats disagree over which cuts to renew. KSMU's Missy Shelton has this report on what Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCasill have to say on the matter.

With methamphetamine lab busts on the rise in Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon is calling on lawmakers to make certain cold medicines available only by prescription. The idea is to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient. Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to discuss the proposal. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was there and files this report.

The U.S. House has passed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from layoffs nationwide. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on what this means for Missouri.

For families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, it’s been a long time coming. Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires insurance companies regulated by the state to provide coverage to children with autism. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore attended the bill-signing press conference in Springfield Thursday and has this report.

Paper Stack

A new website gives Missourians access to ten year’s worth of data on racial profiling. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

Racial Profiling Data for Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies, 2000-2009

The vast majority of emphasis in the Missouri legislature this session has been on the budget. But a little-known bill aiming to regulate the adult entertainment industry has cleared the Senate and has two passionate sides fighting for and against its passage in the House. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Governor Jay Nixon was at Ozarks Technical Community College today to announce that the school will receive more than $1 million in grant money through the Training for Tomorrow program. Money for the program comes from federal community development funds. OTC will use the money to expand education programs in healthcare professions, truck driving, and manufacturing. During his stop, Nixon talked about his plan to re-structure state government. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

During a stop today in Springfield, Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon rolled out a plan that he says will cut $500 million from the budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which begins this July. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.