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Missouri State Parks offers two new volunteer programs - great oppportunity for bored kids on Summer Break

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Groups and youth now have new ways to volunteer in Missouri state parks. The Adopt-a-Park and Youth Volunteer Patch programs have recently been added to the ways people can volunteer to improve Missouri state parks and historic sites.

BREAKING NEWS from State Capital: Nixon vetoes school transportation bill

By Eli Yokley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have allowed students in a few rural school districts to transfer to a school district closer to their homes.

Toll roads could boost economy and stop roads from crumbling according to MU researcher

The Interstate Highway System is crucial to American travel, commerce, and civil defense.

However, in recent years the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is responsible for maintaining the highway system, has been underfunded.

Nixon restricts funding for higher education, other programs in light of budget shortfall

Gov. Jay Nixon (Official photo)
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon has slashed nearly $15 million from the budget approved by lawmakers this year because he believes it to be $50 million out of balance.

Nixon signs $3 billion K-12 education funding bill

Gov. Jay Nixon. (File Photo: Missouri News Horizon)

Missouri News Horizon
Warrensburg, Mo.
- After speaking to a large audience at the American Legion Boys State of Missouri Sunday night, Gov. Jay Nixon signed the state’s fiscal year 2013 elementary and secondary education funding bill.

Nixon signed the $3.009 billion legislation before an audience of high school juniors gathered in Warrensburg.

Once-Injured Race Horse Climbs Back Into the Winner’s Circle‏

Photo by Anne Smith

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Using a novel therapy, a team at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has helped a veteran race horse become a contender once again.

Nixon signs bill to ease school transfers between Missouri colleges and universities

By: Eli Yokley (Missouri News Horizon)

Jefferson City, Mo. - Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this week that aims to ease school transfers between Missouri colleges and universities.

The legislation, House Bill 1042, requires the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to set 25 core courses that will be transferable between any college, two and four year, in the state.

“House Bill 1042 will remove many of the obstacles that block the route to degree attainment for hundreds of

Veterans home funding increase leaves early childhood education short

MT. VERNON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon toured the state this week touting improvement in funding for Missouri’s veterans homes. Under the new law, lawmakers have established a dedicate fund of $32 million annually for the facilities, serving more than 1,300 veterans. (Photo is a screen shot from MNH video of Nixon signing veteran's bill)

Treasurer Zweifel highlights 529 savings plans

Zweifel read to 30 children in southeast Missouri on Tuesday, highlighting 529 savings plans. (Official photo)

Cape Girardeau, Mo - State Treasurer Clint Zweifel spent Tues., highlighting Missouri’s 529 college savings plans.

Zweifel visited students at Southwest Missouri State University’s Child Enrichment Center in Cape Girardeau Tuesday to read to students and discuss “MOST,” the state’s college savings plan.

Obama: Joplin graduate’s triumph exemplifies town’s journey

Governor, Jay Nixon speaks with Quinton Anderson, a senior who lost both parents in the May 22 storm.  (Photo: Natalie Preston for PoliticMo)

Missouri News Horizon
— On the eve of the one year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, President Barack Obama visited Joplin to participate in the graduation ceremony at Joplin High School after a trying year for the community on Tuesday.

Helling retires after 31 years teaching at New Haven

By: Kaylin Bade

New Haven, Mo - After 31 years of teaching at New Haven High School, Rhonda Helling has submitted her letter of resignation to the Superintendent of the New Haven School District.

Charter school expansion heads to governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bill that could potentially expand charter schools statewide is on its way to the governor for signature.

Legislation passed both chambers of the General Assembly Tuesday to offer greater opportunity for charter schools with support of both Republicans and Democrats.

King receives Outstanding Student Award at East Central College's commencement

Christina King of Owensville (left) received East Central College’s Outstanding Student Award for 2012.  Brenda Bouse, vice president of career and outreach education, made the presentation at ECC’s commencement Thursday, May 10.

Union, Mo - Christina Dawn King of Owensville received the Outstanding Student Award, the highest award given to an ECC graduate.  A wife and mother of two, she majored in teaching at ECC.

Missouri Senate approves charter school expansion - Affect on public schools unknown

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a week of contentions education debate in the State Senate, lawmakers have approved two bills aimed at overhauling the way Missouri deals with failing public school districts.

Education bill continues going no where – State Senators less talking and more doing

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State lawmakers are talking about education reform – but that’s all they’ve done so far.

A bill that would let the state of Missouri takeover the administration of unaccredited school districts in a timelier manner has been mired in debate all this week in the Senate.

Festival celebrates the world of bats April 21 at Onondaga Cave State Park

Photo courtesy

– The fascinating and often misunderstood world of bats will be celebrated April 21 at the Missouri Bat Festival at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg.

Earth Day Celebration April 21 at ECC

Many hands-on activities for children will highlight the Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 21, at East Central College. 

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in and around the Health & Science Building at the college campus in Union.

Wheeling and dealing - State Senate wants teacher tenures doubled to 10 years

Missouri News Horizon
- As the 2012 legislative session winds down, the state Senate has turned its attention to several education bills.

On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer said there is still time to take up several pieces of unfinished education legislation this session, including a controversial bill to double the amount of time a teacher must work before receiving tenure, from five to 10 years.

"Chemo Brain” Not Always to Blame for Cognitive Declines in Women with Breast Cancer

Jesslyn Tenhouse, COLUMBIA, Mo. – Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer can experience cognitive declines, such as decreased verbal fluency or loss of memory and attention.

Increase in lottery sales will give schools more funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Mega Millions players in Missouri bought tickets at such a high rate over the last couple of weeks, local schools will get more money for gas for their school buses.

That’s the bottom line of an announcement from Gov. Jay Nixon’s office. Nixon announced Tuesday morning that he is making $6.7 million available for education programs, including $5 million in funds for local school transportation costs.

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