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Newspaper Story - After a long battle not to publish a rule allowing organized labor to collect union fees from non-union workers, Secretary of State Matt Blunt will publish the rule in the Missouri Register Dec. 15. Blunt has said he will rescind the order once he becomes governor.
Newspaper Story - With a Republican controlled legistor and governor, state employers now have a clear road to passing liability lawsuits limits and to restructure worker compensation laws.
Newspaper Story - Governor-elect Blunt announces appointments to the Department of Revenue, the Public Service Commission and his gubernatorial staff.
Radio Story - The Joint Committe on Hazardous Waste met today to discuss options for funding the program.
Newspaper Story - Governor-elect Matt Blunt announced that Missouri Senate Administrator Michael Keathley is the budget adviser for his transition team.
Radio Story - Increased gas prices could mean higher heating bills for Missourians.
Newspaper Story - A veto session in the Missouri Senate today upheld a veto for legislation that would make homebuilders more accountable for faulty construction. The attempt to override a largely bipartisan piece of legislation failed by two votes.
Radio Story - The Director of Missouri's Agricultural Statistics Gene Danekas expects record setting corn yields after unexpected weather. Danekas estimates this year's harvest may reach more than 400 billion bushels, a 40 percent increase from last year.
Newspaper Story - As many unemployed Missourians are collecting assistance from the state as they seek new jobs, they're putting the state into a debt.
Radio Story - A follow-up audit clears the State Lottery Commission of wasting state money.
Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden is unsure whether he will call a special session. He says there are many issues that could be addressed. But, Holden said there is not a large interest for a special session from other legislative leaders.
Radio Story - Since 2003 Missouri borrowed nearly $300 million from the federal government for unemployment compensation.
Radio Story - Missouri's lieutenant governor calls for a special legislative session to deal with the state's bankrupt Unemployment Compensation Fund.
Radio Story - The Missouri State Parks Reservation Center is run by a South Dakota firm. The center employs about 20 South Dakotans to reserve camp sites for Missouri State Parks.
Radio Story - One month in the state-sponsored medical malpractice program and only one doctor has been approved. Governor Holden ordered the program to help alleviate high medical malpractice premiums.
Radio Story - Residents of the Evergreen Condominiums asked the Missouri Water Patrol to have their cove be a no anchor area. The patrol denied the request saying the cove is too big to restrict. The owners are trying to move the boat party that's famous for its x-rated behavior.
Radio Story - The Public Service Commission held a hearing to fine-tune a new rule to protect consumers. The rule developed after several customer complained about being denied utility services because of someone else's unpaid bills.
Radio Story - Lawmakers pared down the Governor Bob Holden's Jobs Now program before sending it to his desk.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Holden received a stripped down version of his "Jobs Now" initiative Thursday afternoon after the measure was approved unanimously by the General Assembly.
Newspaper Story - As the legislative session enters its final week, the priorities presented by the Republican leadership remain mostly unachieved.
Radio Story - House passes bill to ban sexually-explicit billboards from Missouri's highways
Newspaper Story - Missouri's departments of Economic Development and Revenue released a report Wednesday showing the state's economy is doing better than the majority of other states.
Newspaper Story - It is no secret that when it comes to health coverage among businesses big is beautiful. And that holds true for bigger of the small businesses.
Radio Story - A new bill being pushed through the Senate would require water companies to give warning before turning off services for late sewer bills.
Radio Story - Legislators from the House and Senate met in a conference committee to reconcile their different versions of the state budget. One major compromise involves giving more money to higher education.
Radio Story - Blunt wants to repeal Missouri franchise tax on businesses
Radio Story - The House passes a bill that would cap the money awarded by medical malpractice lawsuits, and restrict the suits to courtrooms in the counties they got injured.
Radio Story - A bill to double the length required before evicting mobile home owners comes after some of the bill sponsor's constituents faced a difficult eviction.
Radio Story - The senate debates a bill that's designed to create new jobs by ending some tax credit programs and shifting the money to public construction projects.
Radio Story - The House voted down an amendment subtracting $2 million from funds set side to repay bind money at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Newspaper Story - Missouri legislators heard another plea Tuesday for the state to stop sending government financed jobs overseas.
Radio Story - House Communications Committee hears bill that would restrict the use of foreign call centers
Radio Story - Senate committee heard bill to ban lawsuits blaming food companies for customer's obesity.
Radio Story - Lawmakers are working together to keep jobs local.
Newspaper Story - If a Missourian from one of the state's nearly 245,000 households in Food Stamp Program calls a toll-free number with questions, it is answered by a call center employee 8000 miles away in Mumbia, India, formerly known as Bombay.
Radio Story - A bill passes the house to block lawsuits about getting fat. The bill would ban consumers from sueing the food industry because of weight gain.
Radio Story - The bill would give the Department of Economic Development the ability to give grants to businesses making products out of old tires.
Newspaper Story - Missouri businesses currently receive a discount for filing and paying their employees' withheld state income tax on time.
Radio Story - Missouri's House begins debate on limiting liability lawsuit awards.
Radio Story - Governor Bob Holden vetoes legislation that would have blocked his order requiring all state workers to pay union dues, opening the way for his order to take effect, but Secretary of State Matt Blunt says he will block the order.
Radio Story - The senate granted preliminary approval to a bill that bans advertising for adult businesses within one mile of state highways.
Radio Story - The senate give preliminary approval to a bill banning adertising for adult businesses within one mile of state highways.
Radio Story - Matt Johnson tells us how the company will help better insure doctors in malpractice suits.
Radio Story - The Missouri Insurance Company Act will help better insure doctors in malpractice suits. Matt Johnson tells how support is growing.
Radio Story - A bill to ban adult entertainment advertisements on Missouri highways moves through the House of Representatives.
Radio Story - The House is debating whether to issue bonds to bail out the state's bankrupt unemployment fund.
Radio Story - Two Saint Louis lawmakers are sponsoring bills to create a trust fund that would help operate an archives center in Saint Louis City.
Newspaper Story - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft returned to the state capital for the first time since he joined the Bush administration.
Radio Story - A Missouri Senate committee was urged to block lawsuits blaming food makers for making one fat.
Radio Story - Lawmakers presented a bill that would eliminate sexual billboards from the highway.
Radio Story - Lawmakers are hearing a bill that will prohibit sexually oriented billboards from advertising on Missouri highways.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate plans to hear a bill for the second time today that will allow people to keep more property when they declare bankruptcy. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Charlie Shields, will exempt personal property like wedding rings that are worth less than $1,500.
Newspaper Story - Mobile home residents lobby legislators on two bills they say will give them more rights. Park owners and realtors oppose one of the bills, while all agree that landlords should give more notice if a park is closing.
Newspaper Story - Republican lawmakers present plans to create an agency to advocate small business interests.
Newspaper Story - A bill that would close a corporate tax loophole is ready for final passage in the House.
Radio Story - The GOP is trying to overturn Gov. Holden's order requiring all state workers covered by collective barganing agreements to pay union service fees.
Newspaper Story - The House Rules Committee sent to the full House a resolution to block the governor's order to let unions take fees from non-union state government workers.
Newspaper Story - A bill introduced in the Senate Wednesday would require more information to be gathered from businesses who receive government subsidies.
Radio Story - The Joint Committee on Tax Policy says improved oversight and reporting will help find out which programs work and which don't
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