Missouri Legislature

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With better facilities comes an improved learning experience, according to Missouri State University President Clif Smart.

Smart, along with Gov. Jay Nixon and State Sen. Mike Parson of Bolivar, took time Monday to address the importance of the Building Affordability. The initiative was passed earlier this year by the Missouri Legislature, creating a bonding package that will fund nearly 500 projects, including several at college and university campuses.

Emily McTavish / KSMU

Low-interest loans and other federal assistance is available for farmers in 105 Missouri counties impacted this summer by severe storms.

The natural disaster area designation was issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The scope of this declaration by USDA demonstrates how the severe weather most of Missouri experienced earlier this spring and summer hit farmers especially hard,” Gov. Nixon said in a news release.

A year ago Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2040 into law, allowing law enforcement officers and certified firefighters to carry and administer naloxone, the opiate overdose antidote.

Naloxone, or Narcan as it’s sometimes called, instantly reverses an overdose. And while the law has been in an effect for over a year, Missouri law enforcement agencies have not begun to use the drug.

(Updated 2 p.m. Mon., July 27)

Missouri’s Republican contest for governor has gotten less crowded — at least for now — as state Sen. Mike Parson has decided to run for the state’s No. 2 post instead. And on Monday, he released a list of supporters, including the state Senate's leadership.

Meanwhile, the GOP’s newest gubernatorial candidate — state Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield — offered some details about his previously acknowledged past in the 1980s when he lived several years as a young gay man.

In an emailed statement to St. Louis Public Radio, Dixon blamed child abuse for what he called “teenage confusion.” He now is married, has three children and is a staunch social conservative who believes in traditional marriage.

Billy Long
Rep. Billy Long

Missouri’s Congressional Delegation says it supports Gov. Jay Nixon’s request for a federal emergency disaster declaration in 70 of the state’s counties.