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9:27 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Missouri lawmakers to tackle budget, student transfers, and Macks Creek fix this week

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:16 pm

With less than a month left in the 2015 session, Missouri lawmakers could debate and pass some of the year's top priorities this week.

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Missouri Legislature
10:08 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Missouri lawmakers send Nixon bill that cuts welfare lifetime eligibility

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:18 pm

Legislation that would reduce lifetime eligibility for most welfare recipients in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

An earlier version of the bill would have cut lifetime eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, in half, from 5 years to two and 1/2.  But a compromise between the House and Senate reduces that period to 3 years and 9 months.

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Missouri Legislature
6:36 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Non-discrimination bill gets another hearing in Missouri legislature

Missouri Rep. Mike Colona (file photo) with St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jo Mannies

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 11:31 pm

Mike Colona is getting his wish. Two months ago, the Democratic representative from St. Louis attended a Senate committee hearing on Senate Bill 237. The bill bars discrimination in Missouri based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

But after the hearing, Colona was upset because he hadn’t seen similar action from the House.

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State of Missouri
3:12 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Nixon taps Boone County official to be new state auditor

Nicole Galloway

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:02 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway as the new state auditor, replacing Tom Schweich, who committed suicide Feb. 26.

Galloway, a Democrat, is a certified public accountant, and has held her current post since April 2011.

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Missouri Legislature
2:29 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

"It Should not be Debatable": Springfield Citizens and Leaders Oppose State Budget Proposal

Crystal Brigman Mahaney, Statewide Grassroots Organizer for Missouri Health Care for All, led a discussion Monday regarding local opposition to the proposed budget.
Kathryn Eutsler/KSMU

A group of Springfield citizens and business leaders are protesting proposed cuts by the Missouri Senate to the 2016 state budget. Their plan would lump most of the funding for the departments of Health and Senior Services, Social Services, and Mental Health, together and reduce could services for the elderly, disabled, and children in need of welfare.

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