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Healthcare
5:01 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Home Health-Care Workers Concerned That Their Raises Aren't Secure

A group of home health care workers and supporters sing "home health care carols" outside the Mo. Governor's Mansion, in the hope that Gov. Jay Nixon would issue an executive order implementing a recently agreed-to wage hike. His Office of Admin. announced instead plans to use an administrative rule to implement the wage hike.

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 7:14 pm

Home health-care workers in Missouri may be getting a Christmas present from Gov. Jay Nixon, in the form of an administrative rule to implement a pay hike.

But the proposed rule change appears to be a present they want to return or exchange.

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Missouri Legislature
12:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Nixon, Lawmakers Want To Issue Bonds To Fund Missouri Capitol Repairs

Underneath the old carriage entrance-turned-driveway. Ceiling water infiltration has caused stalactites and rusting of the reinforced structural steel in the concrete beams.

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:59 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are touting plans to pass a bond issue to fund repairs to the state Capitol in Jefferson City.

Along with legislators and reporters, Nixon toured areas of the under-section of the nearly century-old building Monday, observing mud, mold, and stalactites from dripping water that have formed underneath the old carriage passage-turned-driveway.

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Missouri Legislature
10:09 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Lawmakers Want To Make It Harder To Amend Missouri's Constitution

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, is one of two lawmakers who want to make it harder to get constitutional amendments on the ballot. He's sponsoring a measure requiring more signatures to get an amendment up for a vote through an initiative petition.

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 3:29 pm

When we last checked on the Missouri Constitution before the November election, it was roughly six to eight times bigger than the federal one – especially after three amendments were added to it in August. 

Flash forward to today and the Show Me State’s constitution is even bigger. Missourians added two amendments in November -- one limiting the governor’s budgetary powers and the other making it easier to prosecute people for sex crimes.

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