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5:42 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Diehl Bans Missouri House Committees From Meeting In Restaurants, Country Clubs

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:06 pm

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, has banned all committee hearings and legislative meetings held at country clubs and restaurants, effective immediately.

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Missouri Legislature
6:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Photo ID Bill Debated Tuesday in Jefferson City.

MO Driver's License Sample
Credit stltoday.com

The person who runs elections in a southwest Missouri county traveled to the Capitol to testify before the House Elections Committee  in favor of a photo ID bill Tuesday.  Steven Anthony has more from Jefferson City.

Taney County clerk Donna Neeley said throughout her experience as the county's clerk, she's seen voter fraud first-hand.

"I do know that fraud exists.  I have stopped people from voting in my county trying to use old photo ID cards when I knew that they had moved to Greene County," she said.

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Labor and Income
5:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Gov. Nixon Says Springfield Leads State in Job Creation

Governor Nixon taking a tour of the new Allen Filtration facility
Steve Fines KSMU

After touting the state’s low unemployment rate in this week’s State of the State address, Governor Jay Nixon visited Springfield to celebrate specific economic efforts locally.

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Missouri Legislature
7:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Nixon Focuses On Legacy From Ferguson As He Outlines Priorities

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands with legislators as he exits the House of Represenatives after delivering the annual State of the State address at the state capitol.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 pm

A former basketball player himself, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon used the sport Wednesday to illustrate ways that the state can advance racial healing as it seeks to get beyond the months of protests prompted by last summer’s police shooting in Ferguson.

In Wednesday’s State of the State address, the governor recounted how Highway Patrol officers assigned to keep order pooled some of their own money to pay for a basketball net and new basketball. That generosity, Nixon said, later led to a pickup basketball game.

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Missouri Legislature
9:26 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Five Things To Watch For During Nixon's State Of The State Speech

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during last year's State of the State address. The governor's speech comes amid heightened scrutiny of his actions during the Ferguson unrest and unprecedented GOP majorities in the Missouri General Assembly.

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:26 pm

When Gov. Jay Nixon steps in front of the lectern for his seventh State of the State speech, he’ll be speaking arguably at the lowest point of his power over the Missouri General Assembly. 

Any bit of his agenda that arouses even a hint of controversy can be slapped away by the huge Republican majorities in the House and Senate. And even some Democrats are upset over the way he handled the unrest in Ferguson. He has, in essence, entered the twilight of his governorship.

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