State Government

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McCaskill: Jeff City lawmakers "nuts" for health care vote

By Tim Sampson

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– Sen. Claire McCaskill has one word to sum up actions taken by the Missouri State Senate this week – “nuts!”

State lawmakers take new approach on texting while driving ban

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– A state Senator from St. Louis has offered a new approach to expanding the state’s current texting while driving ban.

Lawmakers reconsider charter schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Proponents of charter schools are back with legislation that would allow them to spread beyond the borders of the Kansas City and St. Louis school districts.

Rep. Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis, is sponsoring a bill that would allow for expansion of charter schools while simultaneously enhancing accountability measures for such schools.

Do not call my cell phone - Senate committee approves cell phones for No Call List

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– Missouri lawmakers took another step toward adding cell phone numbers to the state’s official “Do Not Call” registry.

You drink and drive, you may lose more

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The punishment for repeat drunk drivers in Missouri could become much stricter in the near future.

On Thursday, the state Senate gave first-round approval to a bill that would put harsher limitations on drivers whose licenses have been revoked due to multiple DWI convictions.

Budget director defends Nixon’s proposed higher education cuts

BY TIM SAMPSON

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The woman in charge of managing the state budget says struggling revenues leave no other option than to make major cuts in public funding for higher education next year.

McCaskill lobbies FAA for commercial version of C-17

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– In an effort to create manufacturing jobs and bolster the state economy, Sen. Claire McCaskill is urging the Federal Aviation Adminstration to quickly certify a commercial version of the C-17 aircraft, manufactured in St. Louis.

Ameren says new Lake of the Ozarks shore plane imminent

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
. – Following a month-long public comment period, Ameren Missouri officials say they are confident they will be able to submit a new shoreline management plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of the January.

Since December, Ameren has been trying to sell a plan to lake area homeowners that shrinks the easement zone for the Bagnell Dam.

Governor proposes higher-ed cuts in State of the State address

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to give his annual State of the State Address before both houses of the General Assembly. During his speech, Nixon outlined a proposed budget that includes a 12.5 percent cut to higher education funding in 2013.

MODOT Director urges congress to make I-70 a toll road

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - MODOT Director Kevin Keith says if something drastic isn’t done to fix or rebuild I-70 across Missouri, in 20 years the road will “become a gravel parking lot.”

Missouri grocery prices rise above the national average

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It may be a rare occurrence, but grocery prices in Missouri rose to more than the national average in the final quarter of 2011.

Lawmakers seal time capsule in state capitol

Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller (Right) and Chief Clerk of the House Adam Crumbliss (center) prepare to seal the House time capsule with the help of House Operations Director Brad Werner (left). Photo by Tim Bommel (House Communications).

Missourians may see cigarette tax increase on November's ballot

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– The heat is on to increase Missouri’s relatively low tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved a ballot referendum petition for circulation by the American Cancer Society.

Senators look to shift traffic light camera funds to schools

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFESON CITY
, Mo. – If some state Senators get their wish, Missouri drivers who are nabbed by red light cameras may soon be paying their fines to local schools.

Lawmakers look at education funding fix - again

By Dick Aldrich

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An effort to soften the potential blow of decreased school funding is underway at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers cast doubt on quality jobs program

By DICK ALDRICH
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When is an economic development program a success?
When is it a failure?

Depends on who you’re talking to.

Governor gives $3.3 million for levee repair

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– Although it’s making progress, Missouri is a far way from fully fixing all of the state’s damaged Missouri River levees before next spring’s flood season.

Corps of Engineers release 2012 Missouri River plan

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
-- The U.S Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to do a better job of communication during the upcoming year, but it’s not planning on any more storage space for increased snow melt and rain than it had last year.

The corps on Friday released its operating plan for the coming year. The report says the corps will maintain an “aggressive” schedule of water releases through the spring and summer months should it be faced with similar conditions to last yea.

Yesterdays Governor's Prayer Breakfast that focused on Joplin, MO

Tears and emotions at annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast - Reflection of Joplin's devastation

BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ostensibly, the annual Missouri Governor’s prayer breakfast has always been about seeking divine guidance and spiritual communion for state lawmakers at the start of the legislative session.

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