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Lawmaker accuses Ameren of hurting schools with assessment complaints

A state lawmaker thinks Ameren Missouri’s complaint about assessed property values will hurt schools and county governments.

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Senate to consider project list, includes Fulton State Hospital

Missouri senators Thursday morning approved the idea of selling bonds to pay for building renovation and maintenance projects around the state, including Fulton State Hospital plan.

Hearing set for restraining order request in same-sex tax returns case

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments next Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.

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Missouri Senate advances bonding plan on Fulton State Hospital

Missouri School for the Deaf included in project upgrade list

Construction of a new Fulton State Hospital moved one step closer to reality Thursday when the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a $600 million bonding plan that includes about $200 million for the Fulton project.

Auditor says improvements needed in controversial tax credits program

Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction

Nixon releases capital improvements money

Released money includes Capitol repairs

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Gov. Jay Nixon in Fulton today to discuss Fulton State Hospital plans

More legislators respond to Nixon's financial plan for new hospital

After asking lawmakers Tuesday night to approve a $198 million bond sale to pay for a new Fulton State Hospital, Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Fulton’s City Hall this morning to discuss his proposal.

State employees to get ‘Black Friday’ off

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.

Audit says Kinder ‘Waste’ web site not authorized

Report also questions pay raises to lieutenant governor's staff

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate public concerns about government waste, nor to create his planned “Missouri Waste Report” website, a state audit report said Thursday. Additionally, the report said, Kinder’s plans duplicate work already created by state law in other state agencies.

Attorney General says tax cut bill could trigger refunds

Opinion agrees with governor, is at odds with supporters

Attorney General Chris Koster said today that putting the Legislature's tax-cut bill into law could result in Missourians getting tax refunds for three previous years' returns.

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