Jay Nixon

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has requested the federal government to declare a major disaster declaration for more than half of Missouri’s 114 counties, including much of the Ozarks.

The 70 total counties listed suffered prolonged severe storm systems from tornadoes and straight line winds to torrential rain and flooding, which resulted in 10 deaths.

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National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Runnels said Wednesday that between 4-6 inches of rain fell yesterday across the White River Basin, which includes Branson.

“We were fortunate in that we did not have a repeat activity last night,” Runnels says. “It fell just to the west of that area.”

Runnels continues, “We’re going to give you a little bit of a dry spell over the next three days. It’s going to get hot—another summertime hazard here in the Ozarks—and then we’re going to go back into the rainfall next week.”

The same day the Kansas governor vowed to protect “religious freedom,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order to ensure state agencies are implementing last month’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

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The Affordable Care Act will remain functionally the same, following Thursday’s Supreme Court 6-3 ruling.

This means that the approximately 198,000 Missourians who receive insurance discounts from the government will continue to receive these funds.

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Veterans’ homes in Missouri will receive more than $33 million for repairs and renovations under legislation signed by Governor Jay Nixon today in Springfield.  House Bills 17, 18 and 19 will provide bonding funding for capital improvement projects at Missouri’s eight veterans’