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The Missouri House successfully overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of pro-gun legislation. Amongst other aspects, the new law makes it legal to open carry in Missouri under certain circumstances.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of last week's legislative veto session is a renewed focus on broad ideas rather than narrow issues. Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.
Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro announced Monday that she will resign at the end of this year, concluding a five-year tenure marked by repeated criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts. In a written statement announcing Nicastro's departure, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education noted her tenure has included the implementation of new standards for student achievement, school district classification, teacher preparation and early childhood education.
Following a successful effort to defeat a package of special interest tax breaks, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday the release of $143.6 million for local school districts and higher education institutions. In addition, local schools will be spared an additional $93 million cut to their Proposition C sales tax revenues that would have resulted from these tax breaks becoming law.
Missouri's A+ program, which reimburses tuition for students at state community colleges, is worried it might fail to cover the entire bill, The Columbia Daily Tribune reports. The Missouri Department of Higher Education notified community college officials that rising costs could prevent the state from fully reimbursing the cost of A+ students.
One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at "notably younger ages" than is normal, numbers released Friday show. The statistics formed the basis of a settlement the NFL reached with 5,000 former players who sued the league claiming the long-term damage of concussions was hidden from them, The New York Times reported.
What happened in Ferguson, Mo., last month was a tragedy. What's on course to happen there next month could be a farce.
A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate.
It has been over a month since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., and we have yet to hear the police officer's version of events. Was Officer Darren Wilson badly injured in his scuffle with Brown? Did Brown attempt to seize the officer's weapon? Did Wilson have reason to fear for his own life? None of these answers has been forthcoming, which is odd and, frankly, suspicious.
The Missouri Public Defenders office is praising lawmakers after this week's vote to restore funding to the defender system. The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of $3.47 million intended to pay private attorneys to handle cases where the public defender has a conflict.
SBA Grants Gov. Nixon's Request for Disaster Assistance ST. LOUIS, MO, , September 7, 2014 - In response to a request from Gov. Jay Nixon, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it will make low-interest disaster loans available to business owners and non-profit organizations in north St. Louis County that suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the events in Ferguson.
A new Missouri law banning schools from electronically tracking students is part of a recent national push among states to increase privacy protections, experts say. The bill will take effect in October after lawmakers overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill this past week, just barely getting the required two-thirds majority in both chambers.
Missouri schools now have the option to allow specially trained teachers to carry guns following the state senate's override of Governor Jay Nixon's gun bill veto on Wednesday. Columbia Public Schools says this law is too new to know if the district is going to make any changes.
St. Louis, Mo., Sep 12, 2014 / 03:49 pm .- The Missouri legislature has overridden two vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon in order to implement a three-day waiting period before an abortion and a tax credit for pregnancy centers and maternity homes. Karen Nolkemper, executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said the votes for the two bills are "a public affirmation that all life matters, even that of the most vulnerable among us."
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 04:06 am
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