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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.

Jay Nixon

Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. As KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports, the trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.

Dr. Norm Ridder

The superintendents of several Ozarks school districts gathered together Thursday to advocate for their districts when it comes to state funding. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has details.

Governor Jay Nixon has been traveling the state to promote a new set of incentives in his overall strategy to create jobs in Missouri.  The proposal is called “Missouri Works.”  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Even though lawmakers don’t start their regular session until the first week of January, this is a busy time of year in state government. Many lawmakers are pre-filing bills and the chairs of interim committees are preparing reports. And as KSMU’s Missy Shelton discusses with long-time statehouse reporter Phill Brooks, the Nixon administration is working on putting together a budget proposal.

The Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges was in Springfield this week to gather testimony from the public. At issue is whether the state of Missouri should set up its own health insurance exchange as required under the federal healthcare law. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

An interim senate committee that’s evaluating whether Missouri should set up its own health insurance exchange will meet in Springfield tomorrow morning at 10 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

On Sunday, former Congressman Mel Hancock passed away at the age of 82. In this week’s Capitol Perspectives, Phill Brooks, the longest full-time statehouse reporter, discusses Hancock’s lasting impact on state government with KSMU's Missy Shelton.

American Flags

Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield over the weekend to stop by the Veterans Cemetery here to make sure that the scandals that have rocked Arlington National Cemetery are not happening across  the country. Last year, a report revealed that hundreds of graves at Arlington were either unmarked or mismarked, and some of the ashes of America’s fallen soldiers and sailors had been discarded with the trash.  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this interview with the senator.

The Missouri Senate leader says he intends to end a special legislative session next week without approving the package of business incentives lawmakers were called to Jefferson City for. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.