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Nixon breaks ground on new state mental health hospital

Nixon breaks ground on new state mental health hospital

FULTON, Mo. — After years of wrangling for new funds and countless news stories about abysmal conditions, Gov. Jay Nixon broke ground on a new state mental psychiatric hospital today, marking the first full-scale rebuild of the facility first constructed in 1851. Fulton State Hospital is the oldest psychiatric hospital west of the Mississippi and


PSC discusses Ozark Shores Water sale, auditor request

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) met yesterday for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting, approving new orders which will affect the bills of citizens in dozens of counties, crafting a future application approval for a water company sale, and discussing releasing documents to the state auditor. A request filed by The


PSC approves 4 new tariffs, looks towards busy summer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) met for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting this morning, approving 4 new tariffs. One tariff on the agenda, an Order Regarding Adjusted ISRS Rates and Granting Motion For Expedited Treatment, was withdrawn with the possibility of being addressed at a later time. There was minimal discussion

Students laud S&T professor who received gubernatorial award

ROLLA, Mo. – Dr. David Riggins, Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been awarded the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. The awards, which are not monetary, are based on effective teaching, innovative course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to

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Major highway bridge closes, leaders call for expedited fix

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A bridge which carries over 11,000 vehicles daily in Jackson County via a major highway has been closed. Governor Jay Nixon and transportation leaders are calling for the legislature to act within the remaining days of session in order to cease the transportation funding crisis via a gas tax proposal from the

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Republicans override Nixon, enact new welfare standards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Calling the reform much needed, Republicans in Jefferson City successfully overrode a veto from Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon on a bill reducing welfare benefits for Missourians. SB24 is aimed at reducing lifetime Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to 45 months down from 60 and provides no exception for children.


“Strengthening Missouri Families Act” vetoed, legislature plans to override

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The “Strengthening Missouri Families Act,” which seeks to modify provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon today at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. “Children already suffer lifelong consequences from poverty; penalizing them further for their parents’


Libraries see state funding woes…again

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Despite a strong social media movement and internet support, one group who will be feeling tightened purse strings are the Missouri’s public libraries, whose funding from the last fiscal year was finally released last month. “Missouri’s public libraries are in trouble. Big trouble. Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, is withholding the vast majority of state funding from


Lawmakers send budget to Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers finally moved to send the state’s $26 billion budget to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk after two weeks of private negotiations, a lengthy conference committee hearing, and battles in the Capitol over managed care expansion. Late into last night lawmakers diverged away from the lump-sum budgeting proposal that Sen. Kurt


Department of Labor honors fallen workers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Labor held a somber ceremony in the Capitol today to honor state workers that were killed on the job in the last year. The event is an annual one, and Department Director Ryan McKenna told some of the families of fallen workers that were present that the