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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says extending the abortion waiting period to “a mere 72 hours” is not excessive when considering the sanctity of life.

His speech Monday at the Springfield Pregnancy Care Center comes two days before lawmakers are set to convene for its annual veto session at the state capitol. He was joined Monday by Republican representatives Kevin Elmer, Eric Burlison and Sonya Anderson. 

If passed, the wait period would become the second most stringent in the nation.                  

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.

Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones Monday revealed the names of four inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians, including a former U.S. Congressman from Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.   

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon continues his attack against HB 253, a measure he vetoed in June. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, visits Tuesday to Springfield and Eldon come ahead of a September veto session which could see his decision overturned by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Claiming it will cause irreparable harm to education and vital public services in Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday vetoed House Bill 253, which aimed to gradually reduce corporate and individual income tax rates. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor announced his intentions on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, before reiterating his remarks at a Springfield high school. 

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