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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.

The state of Missouri is likely to face difficult economic times in the months ahead. KSMU’s Missy Shelton files this report.

Nixon Signing Bill

 

 

Some Missouri journalists say they are beginning to see similarities between Governor Jay Nixon and former Governor Matt Blunt regarding their accessibility to the press on controversial issues. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Freezing historic preservation tax credits and investing in capital projects at universities were two of the ideas Governor Jay Nixon heard from business leaders during a stop in Springfield today. Nixon met with 9 business leaders at the new home of accounting firm BKD on St Louis Street. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was there and files this report.

An interim House committee met in Springfield Wednesday to hear comments from the public on how to prevent a state intelligence-gathering agency from overstepping its authority and engaging in what some call “political profiling.” KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the hearing and files this report.

Congressman Roy Blunt was in Springfield Tuesday to address a billboard that blasts him for taking money from the insurance industry. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield today for a town hall meeting on healthcare. The event drew supporters and opponents of proposed changes to healthcare. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the meeting and files this report.

Last Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon took his pen to a bill that requires newborns to be screened for five additional rare diseases. All of them fall under the category of lysosomal storage diseases: that’s when the body’s lysosomes malfunction and don’t process unwanted material into substances that the body’s cells can use. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with one individual who personally lobbied for the bill.

Nixon Signing Bill

If you’ve ever stood in line to get a new driver’s license, you probably had other things to think about besides who was operating that particular office, or how they were awarded the contract to do so in the first place. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation that dramatically alters the process by which Missouri chooses which groups or organizations run the state’s 183 license offices. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

A state senator from south-central Missouri announced on Wednesday that he’s exploring the possibility of running for the US Senate next year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore caught up with him by phone, and has this report.