Jay Nixon

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, in one of his first stops since delivering the State of the State Address on Wednesday, talked about efforts to keep tuition affordable.  During the press conference at OTC’s Springfield campus, Nixon said the community college continues to play a vital role in the educational and economic strength of the region.

According to Nixon, the best economic tool our state has is education.  And, he said that’s why he’s taking steps to keep tuition down.

KY3

Individuals can now seek federal disaster assistance from storms in late December and early January.  President Obama Thursday granted Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s request for a federal disaster declaration to help those impacted by historic flooding.

The storms led to 16 confirmed deaths and destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 1000 homes.

Updated on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m. with information on more evacuations and road closures.

Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard on Tuesday to help rain-weary communities deal with near-record flooding.

Nixon said in a statement that the guard would provide security in evacuated areas and direct traffic around closed roads. Forty roads remain closed due to flooding in the Missouri part of the St. Louis region, out of 225 statewide.

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Flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday at government buildings in Barry County in honor of former state Sen. Emory Melton, who died on Dec. 26. He was 92.

Melton represented southwest Missouri for six terms in the state senate from 1973-1996. Funeral services were held Tuesday.

Melton also served as an attorney, newspaper publisher and historian.

MSU-West Plains

Gov. Jay Nixon is touting $1.7 million in facility improvements at Missouri State University-West Plains as part of the Building Affordability initiative.

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