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6:29 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Missouri Senate moves forward with Ferguson-related bills, but they remain stalled in House

House Speaker John Diehl presides over the Missouri House last week. Diehl, R-Town and Country, has rejected the idea of pursuing a "Ferguson agenda," but adds the House will take up bills changing municipal courts.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:10 pm

At first glance, state Sen. Bob Dixon wouldn’t be an obvious choice to spearhead legislation responding to the unrest in and around Ferguson.

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Missouri Legislature
6:03 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Spring break arrives for Missouri lawmakers; what's done and what's next

Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, addresses reporters on the House's mid-term accomplishments.

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:23 pm

Missouri lawmakers are heading home as their annual spring break has arrived, but they took time before leaving to tout their mid-term accomplishments.

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Missouri Legislature
8:12 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Former Joplin Police Chief Named MO Public Safety Director

Lane Roberts
Credit Governor Jay Nixon's Office

Former Joplin police chief, Lane Roberts, has been appointed Missouri Public Safety Director by Governor Jay Nixon.

Roberts served as Joplin's police chief from 2007 until his retirement last year.  During his time in Joplin he helped in the coordinated local, state and federal effort to respond to the EF-5 tornado that struck the city on May 22, 2011, according to a news release from Nixon's office.  He worked a total of 42 years in law enforcement.

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Missouri Legislature
7:24 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Medicaid Advocates Rally at the State Capitol

MO Capitol
Credit history.com

A few hundred advocates for Medicaid expansion disrupted Missouri's statehouse Thursday has they marched along the statehouse hallways singing and chanting.  Phill Brooks has more from Jefferson City.

(Chanting)

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Missouri Legislature
12:05 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Governor Nixon Signs Disaster Recovery Bill

Aftermath of Joplin Torando May, 2011
Credit Missy Shelton

  

Missouri communities affected by disasters could be receiving more federal funds to help with recovery.  Governor Jay Nixon signed a disaster recovery supplemental budget bill for Fiscal Year 2015 today.  House Bill 16 provides additional appropriation authority to the State Emergency Management Agency to reimburse communities thru federal funds for local recovery and hazard mitigation projects. 

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