Jay Nixon

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

On the evening of May 22, 2011, then Governor Jay Nixon was in the basement of the Governor’s Mansion, getting ready to hop on an elliptical machine and sweat out some of the stress only a chief executive can know.

Sunday evenings were routinely his favorite time to work out; the TV positioned in front of the elliptical allowed him to catch the end of weekend NFL games, at least during football season.

Bret Johnson
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The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says he’ll retire Feb. 1 after three decades with the organization.

Col. Bret Johnson made the announcement Tuesday. He was nominated to the role in February 2016, and took office in May of that year. He was the Patrol’s 22nd superintendent.

Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is freeing up $1.875 million to complete renovations at Missouri State University’s Glass Hall, which houses the university’s College of Business.

Nixon made the announcement from inside the facility Wednesday. He was joined by business students, faculty and school administrators.

“The bottom line is that by watching our dollars carefully, and in investing in the things that we think can make the most difference, we have been able to get to where we are today,” he said.

Missouri's budget for the current fiscal year is being cut again.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that he's withholding $51 million from the FY2017 budget, which runs through June 30 of next year. The vast bulk of the temporary cut is coming out of Medicaid.

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Governor Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state government buildings be flown at half-staff Saturday.  That’s in honor of U.S. Army Cpl. Donald Matney of Seymour who was killed during the Korean War.  After being listed as Missing in Action for more than 65 years, Matney’s remains were recently positively identified.  His funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Seymour.

Also under Nixon’s order, U.S. and Missouri flags in Webster County will fly at half-staff November 20-25.