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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.

Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt was in Springfield today on the Missouri State University campus for a ceremonial bill signing. The legislation takes 335 million dollars from MOHELA, the state's student loan agency and directs that money to college construction projects and scholarships. But critics of the plan have filed a petition to let voters decide if this is a good idea. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

After lengthy and sometimes emotional debate, lawmakers approved the creation of MO Healthnet, the program that will replace the existing Medicaid healthcare program for the poor. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Missouri lawmakers have sent to the governor's desk what they hope will be a fix for the Springfield police and firefighters pension fund. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The word that drew the most attention on the last day of the legislative session was "punks." That's what the senate's Democratic Floor Leader called Senate Republicans after they used a rare procedural maneuver to shut off debate and force votes on two controversial issues. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

On Monday, the bid expires on the statewide crime lab for Springfield. It's a pressing situation since lawmakers end their regular session today and Springfield area legislators acknowledge that funding for the crime lab is dead. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon was in Springfield today to announce that seven southwest Missouri businesses will pay more than $92 thousand in settlements over claims of price gouging following the January ice storms. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The Missouri Supreme Court today upheld a law allowing parents to sue anyone who helps their underage daughter go out of state for an abortion without parental approval. Missy Shelton of member station KSMU reports.

The Missouri House gave final approval today to legislation designed to improve intellectual diversity on college campuses...but critics say the bill will clamp down on academic freedom. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

During a press conference at Missouri State University this morning, Governor Matt Blunt announced his proposal to expand eligibility for the state's needs-based scholarships. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.