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2:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Nixon Faces Backlash Over Latest Appointment To Board of Education

Gov. Jay Nixon waits to speak on Monday at a celebration of Express Scripts' expansion in north St. Louis County. Nixon defended his appointment of former Rep. Maynard Wallace to the state Board of Education.

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:02 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon is taking heat from his own party, especially from women, for appointing Maynard Wallace to the state Board of Education. 

And while Nixon, a Democrat, isn’t backing down, the outcry from several Democratic legislators may not bode well for the appointment to be confirmed.

Wallace is a former teacher, superintendent and Republican state legislator from Thornfield. For a time, Wallace was also a registered lobbyist for the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

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Primary Election 2014
10:36 am
Fri July 25, 2014

By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes

MoDOT crews continue ongoing construction on a I-64-related project. If Amendment 7 passes, the vast majority of funding statewide and in the St. Louis region will go toward road and bridge work.

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 9:04 pm

If Missourians back a transportation sales tax next month, road workers can expect a busy decade. 

That's a key takeaway of a St. Louis Public Radio analysis of a project list approved by the state's Highways and Transportation Commission. It's what will be funded if voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase on Aug. 5.

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Primary Election 2014
5:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Koster Touts Amendment 1, Opponents Question Who Will Protect Family Farmers

Attorney General Chris Koster, speaking in favor of Amendment 1, at Crescent Feed Mill in Springfield Wednesday.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Amendment 1 will protect the state’s farmers from conflicts that have arisen over the last decade. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on the AG’s stop in southwest Missouri.

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Helping Others
7:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri Shelters Balance Funding Between Protection, Advocacy

Harmony House, the only domestic violence shelter in Greene County, has 100 beds for residents staying there; it is almost always operating at full capacity.
Credit Harmony House facebook page

Missouri’s domestic violence shelters are almost all operating at full capacity:  they had to reject women and children seeking shelter more than 21,000 times last year.  In today’s part of our series, “Turned Away,” KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson looks at the funding for Missouri’s shelters, and how that money is being spent.

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