State Government

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Tea Party followers rally at State Capitol today

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The first day of the 2012 state legislative session not only brought lawmakers back to the capitol, but also members of various Tea Party movements from around the state.

Mayer vows legislative action despite election year politics

Gov. Nixon to detail strategy for creating jobs, moving economy forward during State of the State Address

Photo courtesy Office of the Governor, 2010 State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Office of the Missouri Governor -
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will detail his strategy for creating jobs and moving Missouri's economy forward during his 2012 State of the State Address.

Utility rates likely to rise with new EPA Rules

Misssour News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
-- Spokesmen for the state’s two largest generators of electricity say rates are likely to rise now that the Environmental Protection Agency has announced new limits on air pollution from coal fired power plants. 

The limits are aimed at slashing the emissions of pollutants such as mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. The rules are aimed at coal-fired power plants in 27 states.

Auditor's report - Conservation department spends 1.23 million to reintroduce 39 elk

By Tim Sampson
Missouri News Horizon

Gov. Nixon critical on Corps to reform master plan.

Photo by Kyle Quick, taken during summer flooding.

Dieckhaus will not run for re-election

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Rep. Scott Dieckhaus, R-Washington, says he will not run for another term in the Missouri House.

Gov. Nixon announces grants to educate more nurses at Missouri colleges, universities

Office of the Governor
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Jay Nixon visited the University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Nursing on Friday to announce $1 million in grants to educate additional nurses at colleges and universities across the state.

 

State relaxes gambling blacklist

By Tim Sampson
Missour New Horizon

Flags at state and local government buildings to be flown at half-staff today, Dec. 7, for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Office of the Governor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
- The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

No Call List Means Don't Call - Koster Slams Florida Telemarketer

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
– There will be one less annoying telemarker calling Missourians after recent action by the state attorney general.

Attorney General Chris Koster on Monday announced that his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Florida telemarketing company for making solicitations to Missourian’s on the state’s “no-call” list.

"Right-to-work" fight to resume in Jefferson City

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY
, Mo. – As the 2012 state legislative session begins to take shape, a familiar labor fight is heading to the floor of the Senate.

Once again, State Senate Leader Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, has introduced a bill that would keep Missouri workers from being forced to join a union against their will. Mayer recently pre-filed a bill to be brought up during the next legislative session, which begins in January.

From partisan town to winter wonderland with the flick of a switch

Photos and Story by Time Sampson

Picture above: The governor’s Christmas tree shines against the glowing Capitol dome in Jefferson City. On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon and his wife Georganne led the annual tree lighting ceremony at their home.

Missouri lawmaker: ‘We can do better than Arkansas’ on government wages"

By Tim Sampson
Missouri News Horizon

Jefferson City, Mo. – As lawmakers continue to grapple with the fact that Missouri pays its government employees less than any other state in the country, they’ve reached at least one conclusion: “Surely we can do better than Arkansas.”

Missouri Democrats choose new leaders

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
. -- Missouri Democrats chose new leadership over the weekend.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders was named chairman of the state Democratic Party on Saturday. St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green was named vice chair of the party.

The leadership change comes in the wake of former State Auditor Susan Montee’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Montee had served as party chairman since shortly after her defeat by Republican Tom Schweich in the 2010 election.

Gov. Nixon helps break ground for new John Deere facility

STRAFFORD, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon was in Strafford today with officials from John Deere Reman to officially break ground for the company's new processing and storage facility in Strafford. The new 275,000 square-foot facility, which will serve John Deere dealers throughout the U.S., represents a capital investment of $14 million into the local economy, and the company plans to create 55 new local jobs over the next five years in Strafford.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri... A reminder to be prepared for snow, ice, and cold

Photo by Kyle Quick Winter 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri Department of Public Safety

Missouri has experienced a wide range of hazardous weather throughout 2011, and as cold temperatures return, the threat for severe winter storms is on the horizon.

Missouri Attonery General pushes for tougher reporting law after Penn State cover up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the wake of the explosive child molestation cover-up scandal at Penn State University, Missouri’s attorney general is encouraging the legislature to adopt new laws that would punish adults who fail to immediately report known or suspected child molestation.

Supreme Court ruled today -- Strippers take less off, Leave more on

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s controversial limits on strip clubs and adult book stores will stand, after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that representatives from the adult entertainment community failed to make an effective case that state lawmakers overstepped their bounds.
“While the (adult) businesses attacked and sought to undermine some of (the state’s) evidence, they failed to cast direct doubt on other evidence or the government’s rational,” the court’s ruling reads.

Missouri lawmaker praises Supreme Court’s decision to take up health care law

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, MO
. – Missouri’s Republican Senator was quick to praise the Supreme Court’s announcement that it would be taking up one of the law suits filed against last year’s national health care reform law.

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