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Radio Story - After lawmakers filed bills for the 2008 legislative session Monday, St. Louis Democrat Senator Jeff Smith spoke about a trend he sees in Republican issues.
Radio Story - In response to the suicide of an O'Fallon girl who was reportedly bullied online, Republican State Senator Scott Rupp is proposing a bill to make cyber-bullying a crime.
Radio Story - The top leader of Missouri's senate made restrictant property tax increases for St. Louis County the first issue filed for the legislative session that begins in January. On the same day for pre-filing bills, a House task force on property taxes met to address rising property taxes.
Radio Story - Monday marked the first day for legislators to file bills. Senate Majority leader Charlie Shields jumped on the opportunity, submitting a revised bill he sponsored last legislative session. Amy Becker has more from the state capitol.
Radio Story - The governor's task force on abortion is eliciting strong opposition from pro-choice Missourians, five of whom, led by Democratic State Senator Joan Bray, held a press conference before the task force's fourth meeting.
Newspaper Story - Several pieces of legislation filed reflect recent national events
Newspaper Story - A look at what Columbia legislators would like to accomplish in the 2008 session
Newspaper Story - Abortion rights activists challenges the governor's right wing abortion advising board.
Radio Story - House Minority Leader Paul LeVota sent a letter to the governor's office this week questioning whether a cleaning company hired by the state has a history of employing illegal workers. Courtney Cox has more from the state capitol.
Radio Story - After Jay Nixon failed to respond to requests for him to explain the use of his state vehicle for politicla purposes, the Commissioner of the Office of Administration has given him a timeline to comply.
Radio Story - Missouri's annual Blue Book that offers resources from state government services to salary overviews was revealed by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Carly Robertson was at the revealing and has more.
Newspaper Story - Whack-a-mole style game portrays governor deleting e-mails
Radio Story - In light of recent scandals involving the Blunt administration, the Missouri Democratic Party posted a video game to shed light on deleting emails.
Radio Story - Governor removes Ed Martin as Chief of Staff
Newspaper Story - Gov. Blunt's controversial chief of staff resigns
Newspaper Story - A background feature on organization seeking to change Missouri's nonpartisan court plan.
Newspaper Story - A background feature on the debate on changing or repealing Missouri's non-partisan court system for selecting judges. Part 1
Radio Story - Missouri's Attorney General launched an investigation today to look into Governor's office has
Radio Story - Missouri veterans tried to persuade a house committee to bring up a piece of legislation which would allow more money to veterans organizations. Fanna (Fawna) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sel-LAH-say) has more from the Capitol.
Radio Story - Support Services Bureau Commander for the Missouri Highway Patrol said Matt Blunt's security guard guided a reporter away from the governor, but did not shove him.
Radio Story - The Show-Me state was recently ranked the 11th worst state in the nation for educator sexual misconduct, prompting Republican St. Louis Representative Jane Cunningham to work on legislation to attack the problem.
Newspaper Story - Spokesman for the Missouri Republican Party has called for the release of emails by Democratic legislators in the wake of the controversy over the firing of attorney Scott Eckersley and the deletion of emails by the governor's office
Radio Story - In retaliation for Democrats' insisting the Blunt administration make three years of internal emails public record, the spokesperson for the Missouri Republican party is calling on Democrats to hand over their emails as well.
Radio Story - In the midst of the Governor dealing with his own Sunshine law controversy, the Missouri Republican Party has made Sunshine requests of 19 Democrats in the House and Senate.
Newspaper Story - A reporter for the Kansas City Star was shoved by a officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Monday while asking the Gov. Matt Blunt questions about the Scott Eckersley firing.
Radio Story - According to the Director of Insurance, Missouri is following a national trend to stop insurance deception on miliary personnel. Courtney Cox has more from Jefferson City.
Radio Story - The Missouri Ethics Commission unanimously voted to proceed investigations regarding excessive contributions in 160 campaigns across the state. Carly Robertson was at the meeting and has more.
Radio Story - A Columbia Daily Tribune blog reports that the Republican Senate President Pro-Tem is suggesting an investigation into the governor's office for reportedly deleting email messages.
Radio Story - After the Republican candidate for attorney general spoke out about the governor's handling of Sunshine law requests, the Democratic Party's spokeman is waiting on a response from the Democratic candidates.
Newspaper Story - Capitol chandelier raised almost a year after falling
Newspaper Story - The Republican candidate for attorney general suggested a special prosecutor be brought in to investigate potential violations to Missouri Sunshine Laws by Gov. Blunt's office.
Radio Story - Scott Eckersley's attorney denies any political motivations behind Eckersley's pursuit of a legal case against the governor's office
Radio Story - Democratic Party spokesman Jack Cardetti says after firing laywer Scott Eckersley, Governor Blunt's office has participated in some of the nastiest character attacks he has ever seen in Missouri politics.
Radio Story - The governor's office is using Missouri legal exemptions to withhold personnel files from the governor's former attorney, but a national freedom of information expert says that at least one of these exceptions doesn't hold water.
Radio Story - Since Scott Eckersley's firing on what he claims were political grounds, the Blunt administration has attacked Eckersley's character, including claims that he visited pornographic websites on his state computer.
Newspaper Story - Attacks grow against the governor for releasing confidential information about a fired employee
Radio Story - One of the leading Republican lawyers in the state is considering joining the legal team of a laywer fired by Governor Blunt.
Radio Story - Without media fanfare, Governor Matt Blunt sets a task force to work on researching how abortions affect women after the procedure. Members of the task force, though, include primarily anti-abortion leaders in the state.
Radio Story - The Presidential candidacy is official underway in Missouri as presidential hopefuls were allowed to register with the state. Carly Robertson was at the filing site and has more.
Radio Story - Former DUI convicted state representative expects bipartisan support for Chuck Graham.
Radio Story - Maida Coleman will not look to remove Chuck Graham from any committees at this point.
Newspaper Story - Missouri senator was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after car crash
Radio Story - In an event reminiscent of the Lincoln bedroom style campaign events of 1997, Governor Blunt is accused of using the Governor's mansion as a fundraising hub.
Newspaper Story - The number of politicians using YouTube to campaign seems to be increasing
Radio Story - The Missouri Ethics Commission puts off a decision of whether candidates will have to refund excess campaign contributions.
Radio Story - Gundaker Commercial Group says that Attorney General Jay Nixon has his facts wrong. Nixon accused Gundaker of hiring undocumented workers for its O'Fallon Lakes apartment project.
Radio Story - Chief Clerk Adam Crumbliss in undertaking an ivestigation into alleged confidentiality breech.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers have made it easier for a given population to incorporate their own village.
Newspaper Story - Can the attorney general be fired from state cases?
Radio Story - Democratic lawmaker calls the Missouri Speaker of the House's last minute actions disheartening. Fanna (FAWNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sel-LAH-say) spoke with the lawmaker.
Radio Story - Governor Blunt Announced his new plan to help needy Missourians through help from faith-based groups.
Radio Story - Missouri Republican leader Paul Sloca called for Democratic Senator Jeff Smith to step down from the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
Radio Story - A Missouri Republican Party press release accused Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Jay Nixon of illegally using a state vehicle to attend political fundraising events.
Newspaper Story - Attorney General Jay Nixon has been charged by the Republicans for using a state vehicle for fundraising, videos of Nixon using the vehicle have been posted on Utube.
Radio Story - State health officials and abortion providers are renegotiating provisions of pro-life legislation after a U.S. District judge called for the two sides to compromise. Planned Parenthood says the new law will not stop the educational services they provide to schools. Courtney Cox has more from Jefferson City.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate's top Democrat says she is concerned about a proposed tax break for land development in St. Louis City.
Radio Story - The Missouri Republican Party took the State's Ethics Commission to Court today.The Party claims the Ethics Commission violated the state's Sunshine Law when it voted on campaign contribution limits in a closed session last week.
Radio Story - At a press conference, Governor Matt Blunt remained steadfast in his backing of chief of staff Ed Martin.
Radio Story - Republican House Representatives selected their candidate for Speaker of the House if the GOP maintains the majority in 2009.
Radio Story - Jay Nixon's campaign will comply immediately to demands for the return of campaign funds
Radio Story - Legendary television host Bob Barker made his first trip to the state Capitol to be inducted in to the Hall of Famous Missourians
Newspaper Story - Chief of staff Ed Martin accused of making prejudice comments about Mexican community. Gov. Blunt reaffirmed his support for Marting in today's press conference.
Newspaper Story - TV personality Bob Barker inducted into the hall of famous Missourians
Newspaper Story - The Republican caucus chose Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin as their Speaker elect in a closed vote in the House chamber.
Radio Story - Cheif Justice Stith defended the confidentiality in selecting Missouri Supreme Court justices Tuesday afternoon
Radio Story - The Hispanic Community is calling for the resignation of the Governor's Chief of Staff. Many are calling statements made by Ed Martin
Radio Story - More than a year before the actual elections, House Republicans meet Wednesday to select their choice for the next House speaker.
Radio Story - Senate Republican deserter Chris Koster says he may leave politics altogether after quitting the Republican party only several weeks ago.
Newspaper Story - House Republicans will meet Wednesday to choose a candidate for Speaker elect for the 2009 legislative session, Democrats charge the preliminary decisions are arrogant.
Radio Story - Missourians are receiving advertisements for foreign vehicles in their license renewal forms sent by the state's department of revenue.
Radio Story - Ticket scalping will soon be a legalized practice. This thanks to legislation Governor Matt Blunt signed Tuesday afternooon.
Newspaper Story - The Senate passed the statewide economic bill, including ticket scalping legislation, a provision that would allow for ticket scalpers to resell tickets for above face value.
Radio Story - The Missouri Legislature ended this year's special session Thursday, passing legislation that leaders say will create thousands of new quality jobs in the state, and a measure to upgrade more than 800 bridges in the state.
Radio Story - The Missouri House passed Governor Blunt's Economic Development Plan Thursday, which would award millions for land re-development.
Radio Story - The Missouri House passed both bills under consideration Thursday.
Radio Story - Senate debates amendment to legalize ticket scalping.
Radio Story - Sen. Koster's plans for the upcoming legislative session
Newspaper Story - Missouri's Health Department dumps the Attorney General as its lawyer in an abortion-rights lawsuit.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's legislature begins its special session with a near-empty House chamber.
Radio Story - Today marked Senator Chris Koster's first day as a member of the Democratic Party.
Newspaper Story - Legislative term limits had its biggest impact yet on Missouri's legislature
Newspaper Story - One word marked Democrat's feeling of the legislative session -- Punks
Newspaper Story - The passage of the governor's medicaid proposal was overshadowed Thursday when the Senate Minority Leader called the Republican senators
Radio Story - The Missouri House of Representatives finally passed the sale of MOHELA bill after a fight by many Democratic members to force the bill back to the Senate.
Radio Story - While public attention has focused on illegal immigrants, Missouri is home to thousands of legal hispanic immigrants.
Radio Story - Gov. Blunt nominated Katie Smith to replace Fred Ferrell as director of the Agriculture Department Wednesday
Radio Story - Representative Ed Robb announced Monday a new agreement to bring back 31.2 million dollars to the University of Missouri-Columbia campus for the new Ellis Fischel (FISH-L) Cancer Center.
Radio Story - Extended debates postponed the bill that would constitutionally make English the language of offical proceedings. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sah-LAH-say) was in the Senate to hear the debate.
Newspaper Story - In a short Senate Education Committee meeting Wednesday, student, professors and lobbyists spoke on a bill that the sponsor said will stop college students from being discriminated against because of their religious or political views.
Radio Story - State Auditor Susan Montee held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the future of the Second Injury Fund.
Radio Story - MoHELA bill passes the Senate Chamber. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sah-LAH-say) heard the arguments
Radio Story - Missouri students could hav ethe power to choose which school to attend beginning in the 2008 school year. Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state Capitol.
Newspaper Story - Governor Matt Blunt has raised almost million to Nixon's 1.3 million in the early stages of the 2008 Governor's race
Newspaper Story - The state's flagship university lost most of it's construction funding through the proposed MOHELA sale after a nine hour Democratic Filibuster in the Senate
Radio Story - Following the shooting of students at the Virginia Tech campus, the Missouri Senate held a moment of silence and prayer for the families and victims of the Tragedy. Amy Becker has more from the state
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate paved the way for Medicaid reform by approving Missouri Healthnet.
Newspaper Story - Jeff Harris' campaign committee for an attorney general run has raised over $37,000 since March 22
Newspaper Story - Hefty tax credit bill grows with amendments
Radio Story - Imus'
Newspaper Story - Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, speaks on SB 389, his day-to-day activity and his relationship with unvierstiy leaders
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate voted for initial passage of the Medicaid bill. The reform bill had a bumpy journey through the senate but passed Wednesday. Amy Becker has more from the state Capitol.
Radio Story - Debate ensued in the Missouri Senate over Republican Senator Charlie Sheild's Medicaid bill.
Newspaper Story - Legislators review progress and failures at session's midway point
Radio Story - The Governor pledges to sign new legislation regarding cable services
Newspaper Story - Gov. Blunt's push to privatize government services comes under fire following last week's detention of illegal contract workers
Radio Story - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay visited the capitol to testify in support of a bill that will allow the mayor's office to sponsor charter schools.
Radio Story - The Missouri House voted
Newspaper Story - The governor's plan to sell off some of the state's higher education loan authority assets is in a political quagmire. Not only will Republicans and Democrats decide on a plan, but Democrats cannot come to an agreement amongst themselves, one Senate Democrat said Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - Republicans approached Democrats Tuesday encouraging a compromise after a 15 hour hour filibuster Monday kept the Senate in session overnight
Radio Story - Two former University of Missouri Curators have denounced MoHELA, creating more critism on Blunt's plan. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-suh-LAH-say) has more from the Capitol.
Newspaper Story - State Democrats called for a audit of all state employees to ensure salary equity
Radio Story - House Democrats and Republicans fought each other across party lines and within party lines on whether St. Louis and Kansas city school systems should be allowed exclusive tax credits to lower income parents who want to put their children in private schools. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-suh-LAH-say) heard the debate.
Newspaper Story - Illegal immigrants working for state detained
Radio Story - Students lobbied Tuesday to make wearing a seatbelt mandatory while driving. Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state Capitol.
Radio Story - Hundreds of Missouri farmers, property owners, and local elected officials met at the capitol to voice their opposition against Senate Bill 364.
Newspaper Story - Targeting illegal immigration is a growing issue in the legislature
Newspaper Story - Two female statewide officials questioned the governor's handling of a sexual harassment case in his administration.
Radio Story - Heated debate rose in the Senate during the discussion of a bill that would modify laws on the use of force. Some senators say the bill focuses on the power of aggression in society.
Newspaper Story - Democrats are asking for an investigation into the Governor's actions following allegations of sexual harassment in the Agriculture Department,
Radio Story - Democrat Senator Joan Bray admits her disgust at the way Governor Blunt handled the sexual harrassment case in the Department of Agriculture.
Radio Story - Republican representative Jane Cunningham said she disagrees with what some women call sexual harassment. She said she supports the governor in his decision regarding the employment of the director of the Department of Agriculture after being investigated for sexual harassment. Fanna (Fauna) Haile-Selassie (High-lay-suh-lah-say) got Cunningham's response.
Radio Story - A bill in the Missouri Senate will implement a five star ratings system for child care providers.
Newspaper Story - Law would require physicians offer anesthesia
Radio Story - Abortion rights activists held press conference to push legislation for women's rights in contraception
Radio Story - Legislators had their questions finally answered by AmerenUE, mainly the question,
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers have an opportunity to get close to the World Series trophy at the Capitol Thusday
Radio Story - Missouri's governor continues to support constuction of college buildings eliminated by the Senate Education Committee.
Radio Story - St. Louis County Democratic Representative John Bowman returned to the state Capitol Thursday for the first time since being indicted for bank and credit fraud
Radio Story - Representative John Bowman declined to comment on his indictment Thursday although many questioned his future role on Missouri's Powerful State Budget Committee.
Radio Story - Legislators held a press conference Monday to outline demands for Ameren UE in the Taum Sauk disaster.
Newspaper Story - Legislators passed the bar back and forth about the role a recently indicted house member will play on the powerful budget committee
Newspaper Story - University presidents spoke in favor of many provisions of a comprehensive higher education bill, including the governor's MOHELA plan in a committee meeting Wednesday
Radio Story - The day after news broke of Repulican John Bowman being indicted for credit fraud fellow budget committee members and black caucus members declined to speak on the matter
Radio Story - Senator Matt Bartle is pushing to add a new department to the state Capitol to keep technology up-to-date
Radio Story - The proposal to reject a pay raise for judges, lawmakers and elected officials died in committee.
Newspaper Story - State auditor Susan Montee on how her past carried her to politics, controversial decisions she's made and her propsed audit of MoHELA
Newspaper Story - Attorney General Jay Nixon delivered the Democratic response to the State of the State address.
Newspaper Story - Full text of Gov. Matt Blunt's 2007 State of the State speech from the governor's Web site.
Radio Story - The Governor's State of the State Address clearly cut party lines in a filled house of politicians with opposing viewpoints.
Radio Story - A Republican proposal to make English the state's only official language is coming under attack.
Radio Story - Missouri democrats are emphasing a new DNA proposal that will give police a new tool to catch criminals
Newspaper Story - Another nomination to the board of curators is causing controversy in the senate. Judy Haggard is being questioned of her party affiliation
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