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Nixon: Contractors pose security risk

(AP) The Missouri attorney general’s office temporarily barred contract janitors from its offices on Monday, March 26 while asserting that some of the cleaners had criminal backgrounds and lacked state-issued identifications. Deputy Attorney General Karen King Mitchell accused Gov. Matt ...

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House committee chairman advances anti-stem cell measure with quick vote

Opponents of embryonic stem cell research forced through a House committee a proposed constitutional change that would undo research protections, seizing an opportunity when a supporter of embryonic research was absent on Tuesday, March 27. Voters last year narrowly approved ...

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New legislative budget office will estimate bill costs

Not content to just accept what the executive branch gives them, state lawmakers have hired their own legislative budget office director. Dan Kowalski, who previously worked for the U.S. House Budget Committee and as an analyst in the Congressional Budget ...

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Federal health agency ordered Missouri to turn over records

The U.S. health department has subpoenaed records from the Missouri health agency as it reviews potential problems with spending federal funds. The revelation that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general ordered the state to turn over ...

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House opposes federal license law

The Missouri House overwhelmingly voted March 15 to refuse to follow a federal law setting national standards for driver’s licenses. The federal Real ID Act passed in 2005 after officials learned that some of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists had ...

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Lawmakers OK cable competition bill

First came the TV antenna, then cable, then satellites. Soon, some Missourians could have a fourth option for their television service – the phone company. Legislators gave final approval MArch 15 to legislation intended to spur video competition by making ...

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Senate votes against advertising inserts in license renewal notices

Residents tired of getting junk ads in the mail could get a slight reprieve after action by the Senate on March 14. The Department of Revenue last year began sending out advertisements along with license plate renewal notices. The state ...

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High Court won't hear Schoemehl

The Missouri Supreme Court last week declined to rehear a recent controversial decision on workers’ compensation laws, possibly giving a green light to an attempt by legislators to abrogate the decision. On Jan. 9, the court said in Schoemehl v. ...

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Tipped employees could get raises under Blunt's directive

Thousands of waiters, waitresses and other tipped employees in Missouri soon should be getting a raise after Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration reversed the state’s interpretation of its new minimum wage law. Blunt said Wednesday the state Department of Labor and ...

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House bill allows school districts police; teachers gain protection

School districts in Missouri would be allowed to create their own police departments and give teachers new legal protections under a bill given first-round approval in the House on Tuesday, March 13. Lawmakers, by voice vote, approved the wide-ranging measure ...

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Media shield law overwhelmingly passes House

The Missouri House on Thursday, March 15 gave its final approval to a bill that would protect journalists from having to testify about unpublished information or confidential sources. The House approved a reporters’ shield law on a 147-5 vote, sending ...

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