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4:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nixon: More Lotto Money Needs to Aid Education, Appoints 4 to Lottery Commission

Credit Missouri Lottery

In calling on the state’s lottery to “improve its operations and maximize its benefit to public education,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday named four new members to the Lottery Commission.

Three of the new members have ties to Springfield. Two are current residents.

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Missouri Legislature
6:35 am
Mon September 15, 2014

It's Time To Answer The Five Burning Questions From Veto Session

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:06 pm

From looking at the raw numbers, Republican legislators might consider the Missouri General Assembly’s recent veto session a smashing success.

After all, the Republican-controlled body overrode 10 of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes – and even more of his line-item vetoes. Nixon even faced a blistering condemnation from a Democratic senator over his response to Ferguson.

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Missouri Legislature
5:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Nixon Buoyed By Veto Session’s Minimal Damage to Education Dollars

Governor Nixon spoke at Hillcrest High School Friday to announce $1.6 million dollars allocated to the district resulting from frozen educational funds released this week.
Credit Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

Democratic Governor Nixon says he’s pleased with the outcome of this week’s veto session, despite the Republican-controlled legislature overriding 10 of his vetoes and another 47 appropriation line items. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann explains.

Nixon’s optimism stems a failed effort by legislators to override various tax breaks that he said would have significantly decreased state revenues. As a result, the governor released $143 million in withheld funds for education, which he touted during a stop at Hillcrest High School in Springfield on Friday.

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Missouri Legislature
4:57 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Southwest Missourians Offer Views on State’s New Abortion Law

Credit KSMU Archives

Within 30 days, legislation extending the wait time to obtain an abortion in Missouri will become law. This after lawmakers Wednesday overrode the veto of Gov. Jay Nixon. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has reaction from Springfield.

The bill extends Missouri’s current 24 hour wait time to 72 hours, making it one of the strongest in the nation. 

“I think that’s a really good idea because I don’t think abortion is right at all.  So I feel like if you have that time and change your mind, and sit there and think about it,” says Katlyn.

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Missouri Legislature
6:05 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missouri Becomes Third State To Impose 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:06 pm

(Updated 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11)

The Missouri General Assembly has made the state the third in the country to require a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can obtain an abortion, after the state Senate killed off a filibuster.

The Senate voted 23-7 – along party lines -- to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill, but only after deploying a procedural action that it hadn’t used in seven years to end a Democratic filibuster that had gone on for about two hours.

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