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Michael Brown’s mother makes impassioned plea for justice

Lesley McSpadden: ‘All lives matter’

Michael Brown’s mother told the NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” crowd during Friday’s Capitol rally that she and her family are grateful for the support and love they’ve received, since her son was killed in Ferguson on Aug. 9 by then-police officer Darren Wilson. Lesley McSpadden had not been scheduled to speak at the rally to end the week-long march from Ferguson to the Capitol — but rally organizers quickly adjusted their plans so the crowd could hear her. “We’ve watched this play out, unfairly and non-transparent, for months,” McSpadden said. “We’re here to ask the government, and the governor, to live up to what we expect them to do for the people.”

Blunt increases effort to block EPA ‘Clean Power’ regulations

Last week’s EPA news release announcing new smog standards just added to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s unhappiness with the federal agency.

Green blocks state Common Core payments

Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25

Death sentences affirmed in 2006 New Bloomfield murders

Missouri’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences Brian Dorsey received

For the second time in five years, Missouri’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences Brian Joseph Dorsey received for the 2006 murders of his cousin and her husband. The court’s Wednesday ruling on Dorsey’s second appeal rejected several complaints for ineffective counsel during the original case.

Missing man found dead in Three Creeks Conservation Area

Victim told authorities he'd fallen from bluff in Three Creeks Conservation Area between Ashland and Columbia

Public Service Commission holds hearings this week to determine if Ameren Missouri earned too much money

If the Public Service Commission based its decisions only on public comments and testimony submitted in a case, the commission would order Ameren Missouri — the state’s largest regulated electricity provider — to reduce the rates customers pay after finding that Ameren earned more money than it should have, based on the “return on equity” (ROE) the PSC said the utility could earn in its most recent rate case.

3rd Congressional District Democrats see issues differently

Jefferson City Democrat Velma Steinman said she wants to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives “because I feel that our nation’s and state’s veterans need a strong voice in Washington, D.C. — Washington is broke and needs to be fixed.

Judge acquits New Bloomfield woman of trespassing at Columbia clinic

Kathy Forck was not guilty of trespassing on Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic property, Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler ruled Thursday.

Koster announces support for ‘Right to Farm’ amendment

Nixon says he’s leaning against the amendment

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Wednesday he supports the “Right to Farm” amendment that voters will decide on next month.

ACLU challenges Missouri lawmakers’ version of early voting

The American Civil Liberties Union this week challenged Missouri lawmakers’ proposed constitutional amendment allowing early voting in the state.

Fulton State Hospital not included in $1B budget withholdings from Gov. Jay Nixon

The $200 million Fulton State Hospital project will move forward in the new state budget that begins next week after Gov. Jay Nixon signed it into law Tuesday.

Finger pointing continues over state budget

For most of the last two weeks, Missouri House and Senate leaders have not commented on Gov. Jay Nixon’s allegations that lawmakers passed eight bills in the final eight hours of this year’s legislative session that “blew up” a hole in the state operating budget that lawmakers passed just over three weeks ago.

Fulton State Hospital still a priority

Building a new Fulton State Hospital remains a high priority for Gov. Jay Nixon — and paying for it should survive the budget-approval process he’s doing in the next couple of weeks.

Nixon won't veto criminal code

Will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017

Gov. Jay Nixon “is not going to veto” the massive bill revising and updating Missouri’s criminal code, state Sen. Jolie Justus told members of the Missouri Bar Friday.

State budget package includes Fulton Hospital funding

Lawmakers approve plan to sell bonds, repay them over 25 years

Lawmakers rewrite Missouri's criminal code

Governor will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill after he gets it early next week.

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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Nixon withholds nearly $401 million from state budget

State employees may not see their $500 pay raise next January, and another 1,000 jobs could be cut from the state's payroll if lawmakers override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.

Miller County prosecutor files murder, other charges

Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard filed a murder charge Sunday against an Iberia man whose home address is the same as the home where Macala Shelton, 13, last was seen Friday night.

Auditor slams DESE, Social Services for early childhood funds

State Auditor Tom Schweich rated as “poor” the work Missouri’s departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have been doing in supervising early childhood development and education programs.

Lawmakers send school, public buildings security plans law to governor

With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.

Threat of further filibuster kills transportation sales tax for session

State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.

Nixon promises layoffs if budget not changed

Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.

Three injured Tuesday at Callaway nuclear plant

Three employees at the Callaway Energy Center were injured Tuesday evening while working in the switch yard area of the plant.

Laughrey issues preliminary injunction in Linn State drug testing case

Preliminary order in effect until July trial

With a few exceptions, Linn State Technical College students won’t have to take a drug test, at least while a judge's preliminary injunction is in effect.

Backer gone from Employment Security

Second stint at agency ends without answers

Gracia Yancey Backer is out as head of the state’s Employment Security Division. A reporter calling her office Tuesday was told she no longer worked for the agency.

PSC approves Ameren rate increase

Rate hike is fifth in last six years

Nixon names Wilson to Supreme Court

Jefferson City native will succeed William Ray Price Jr., who retired Aug. 1

Paul Wilson, former Cole County circuit judge and a former assistant attorney general, will be the next judge on Missouri's Supreme Court. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment this afternoon.

Lincoln, Linn Tech agree to buy Jefferson City High School complex

Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College said this morning they will purchase the Jefferson City High School complex and the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center.

Fired employee sues Fulton schools

Lawsuit alleges teacher dismissed after she called police

A longtime Fulton Public Schools employee sued the district in federal court Tuesday, saying she was fired in September for calling police about a student possibly having a gun at Fulton High School.

Green rejects Ferguson appeal

Ferguson is serving 40 years for killing Kent Heitholt in Columbia, 11 years ago tonight.

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Paul Wilson among 3 nominated for high court vacancy

Former Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson is one of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

Lawmakers override Nixon's 'religious freedom' veto

Votes are second successful override in the last two years.

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Green changes health care exchange title on Nov. 6 ballot

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green agreed with the challengers Tuesday, accepting one of their alternative proposals as the ballot language voters will see Nov. 6 on a measure about “health care exchanges.”

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Hamacher named Interim LU president

Offord to be Interim Provost

Supreme Court OKs ballot issues

The Missouri Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for voters to potentially get a say on initiatives to raise tobacco taxes, increase the minimum wage and limit interest rates on payday loans.

Nixon vetoes 'religious freedom' and sales tax on out-of-state-vehicle purchase laws

Those were two of the 10 bills Nixon vetoed, along with 12 bills that he signed.

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Ray Price to leave state Supreme Court

To resign effective Aug. 1

Conference Committee recommends House pay raise plan

A final committee vote still must be taken.

Senate keeps pay raise plan on first test-vote

Nine senators want to cancel pay raises; got 15 votes

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Wilson pleads guilty to federal charge

2 other men named in charge involving Columbia insurance company

Barely 24 hours after being indicted, former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson this afternoon pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of misappropriating $5,000 from the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.

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