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Radio Story - Missouri's House Democrats announced their plans to improve the state's economy.
Newspaper Story - The Public Service Commission is considering new ways to help pay utility bills.
Newspaper Story - The task force on eminent domain recommended that private property along with farmland be protected from eminent domain.
Radio Story - Attorney General Jay Nixon signed a deal with Western Union to help prevent wire fraud. As part of the deal consumers will gain more recourse in the event they suspect they are victimes of fraud
Radio Story - The Medicaid Reform Commission looked for ways to encourage recepients to live healthier
Newspaper Story - Protection of farmland against private developers seemed to be a consenus Thursday among members of the Task Force on Eminent Domain.
Newspaper Story - Central Missouri AmerenUE customers will pay approximately 18 percent more for their natural gas this month.
Radio Story - The storms left more than 200 thousand people without power for several days. The commission reports an adequate response from AmerenUE, but also recommends some improvements for the future.
Radio Story - State Senator Jon Dolan is in contract talks to become the next executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association.
Newspaper Story - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a plan that will induce two Missouri River Spring rises.
Radio Story - The Public Service Commission is investigating natural gas providers to ensure they are doing their part to hedge pricing.
Newspaper Story - Missouri will recover $21 million from a $567 million multi-state settlement with Serono Laboratories, which illegally marketed the AIDS drug Serostim.
Radio Story - The Missouri Agriculture Department is allowing poultry companies to test their birds for avian flu. Other states have mandatory testing.
Newspaper Story - Rural democrats annouced a bill that would prohibit the government for taking private property for private development.
Newspaper Story - Two Missouri congressmen heard from top Missouri farm leaders about agriculture crisis.
Radio Story - Supporters and opponents of the state's eminent domain laws voiced their opinions at a public hearing.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Department of Conservation adopted a new electronic game checking system.
Newspaper Story - The governor's reorganization task force has voted to strip the Securities Division from the Secretary of State's office.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's Secretary of State voiced opposition to a reorganization plan that would strip her office of securities regulation.
Newspaper Story - A spokesperson for AmerenUE, Missouri's largest electric utility provider, raised the possibility of an electric rate increase.
Radio Story - The Callaway nuclear plant is shut down for ten weeks to repair four steam generators.
Newspaper Story - Attorney Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that his office will investigate possible gas price gouging in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Radio Story - Missouri's attorney general has launched an investigation into the sudden rise in gasoline prices since Hurricane Katrina.
Newspaper Story - The Boss: Dan Mehan
Newspaper Story - State Departments Import Indians for Tech Jobs
Radio Story - A filibuster on Senator John Loudon's "Open Contracting Act" by Democrat Victor Callahan in response to the removal of governmental power to regulate workers' benefits and training.
Radio Story - Jackson County Representative Bryan Pratt's bill aims to prevent the installation of spyware and adware programs on computers without the user's knowledge.
Radio Story - Under the new bill insurance companies would pay up to $3000 a year to families with a child in the program.
Newspaper Story - The First Steps bill would change the way the program is financed, placing the primary burden on insurance providers.
Radio Story - Governor Blunt signed a workers' compensation bill into law today that will take effect Aug 28th.
Newspaper Story - Blunt signs work comp bill
Radio Story - Walk into you local porn shop... and, soon, that step alone could cost you five bucks.
Radio Story - Missouri's legislature takes a week off, after giving business major bills before the break.
Newspaper Story - Two business bills sent to the governor
Newspaper Story - Legislation would grant rights to mobile home tenants, limiting ability of owners to evict
Radio Story - Lawmkers achieved the two goals of Gov. Matt Blunt's pro-business agenda, passing bills that would limit compensation for injured workers and medical malpractice claims in state courts.
Radio Story - Victory for Business
Newspaper Story - Joint committee works on work comp, GOP finetunes its legislation
Newspaper Story - A bill that would tighten eligibility to workers' compensation, which some opponents are calling a "hidden tax" is set for a conference committee.
Radio Story - The public can now access the Internet in the state Capitol...but at a cost
Radio Story - The bill is modeled after a similar bill pioneered by Virginia state legislators.
Newspaper Story - By creating felony penalties for spam offenders, Missouri would join Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland that have similar legislation
Radio Story - In an effort to squeeze more money from the Missouri government, Governor Matt Blunt has formed a commission to reduce state bureaucracy. Blunt has asked a group of Missouri business leaders, citizens, former state employees and the Lieutenant Governor to review how state agencies are organized. Blunt says the commission could recommend cutting state services, consolidating agencies, and eliminating positions.
Radio Story - Republican Matt Bartle from Jackson County supports state legislation to tax sexually oriented businesses.
Radio Story - House Democrats have proposed a bill that would remove the Governor's power to appoint fee officers. The proposed law would allow for competitive bidding for those posts. The law would also give profits from the offices to local school districts.
Newspaper Story - Hoouse Democrats pushed for a change in fee office contracts to competitive bidding.
Radio Story - Senators and representatives are forming a conference committee to form a mutually agreeable workers' compensation bill
Newspaper Story - Senate Democrats introduced a block of legislation today to protect consumers in the wake of recent identity theft with ChoicePoint Inc. Other bills include informing consumers about radio frequency identification tags and the creation of an Office of the Inspector General.
Radio Story - A Senate bill would open up construction projects using public money to contractors employing non-union workers.
Radio Story - Sponsor touts bill in respons to ChoicePoint scandal
Radio Story - Gov. Blunt's budget calls for more than $6 million to help maintain Amtrak.
Radio Story - The House Rules Committee voted to send a Senate workers' compensation reform bill to the House floor.
Radio Story - The House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee heard testimony this morning from several citizens citing a need for the state to continue supporting public transportation services such as Amtrak
Radio Story - In a broad stroke, the Missouri House sumbitted a bill replacing much of the Senate compromise on change to workers' compensation law. Provisions limiting terms for workers' compensation judges could be changed during conference committee.
Radio Story - The House committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony over the Seante-originated bill that would make major revisions to Missouri's workers' compensation law.
Radio Story - Senator calls for tax on adult entertainment stores.
A proposed Senate bill would prohibit insurance companies from requiring personal tax information on applications for coverage.
Newspaper Story - A bill substitute submitted Wednesday erases compromises made in the Senate and inserts several measures favored by business interests.
Radio Story - The House considers the workers' comp bill that the Senate already approved.
Radio Story - The Missouri House has passed a bill changing the laws governing civil liability lawsuits. The bill caps punitive damage awards, restricts venue, and redefines pharmaceutical companies as health care providers. The bill is up for debate in the Senate.
Newspaper Story - After several days of debate, the House overwhelmingly gave final approval to a bill that would restrict lawsuit venue while capping punitive damages.
Radio Story - The bill requires travel clubs to register with the Attorney General's office.
Radio Story - The bill that would limit liability awards in Missouri received first round approval in the House... meaning the House can no longer make changes.
Newspaper Story - The House spent much of Tuesday debating a bill that would have a profound impact on the civil liability system. Among the changes, the bill would cap punative damages and restrict venue.
Radio Story - The Missouri House discussed a bill that puts a $250,000 cap on punitive damage awards. The bill also changes how award amounts are calculated, and adds restrictions to where lawsuits can be heard.
Radio Story - The bill would make Missouri the 18th state to ban the practices of video recording movies inside movie theaters and pirating cable television feeds.
Radio Story - The Senate sends the House a bill restricting health coverage for workers injured on the job.
Newspaper Story - Opponents argue a worker's compensation bill is favors insurance companies at the expense of workers.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Blunt is calling for all state agencies to provide analyses of how homeland security funds are being used. This is in an effort to determine all uses of homeland security funds and make the program more efficient.
Newspaper Story - Wal-Mart employees will be some of the hardest hit by Gov. Blunt's proposed Medicaid cuts. That's because they can't afford the health coverage Wal-Mart offers its employees.
Radio Story - Saint Louis County Senator Rita Days has proposed a bill banning the use of credit scores to determine insurance rates. Supporters of current law say the ban could drive business from Missouri. The former state Insurance Director disagrees.
Radio Story - In a 90 to 66, almost exclusively partisan vote, the Missouri House voted to pass its own version of the workers' compensation bill.
Radio Story - In a 90 to 66, almost exclusively partisan vote, the Missouri House voted to pass its own version of the workers' compensation bill, reducing the number of injuries covered under the law.
Radio Story - Republican Carl Bearden says he hopes the new ownership of the paper will be more fair and balanced in their coverage of issues. However, Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty says the Post-Dispatch has previously done a good job covering controversial issues.
Radio Story - Republican Representative Carl Bearden says he hopes the new ownership will work on a more fair and balanced newspaper. However, Democrats, like Senator Pat Dougherty argue the Post-Dispatch has done a good job of addressing controversial issues.
Radio Story - State Democrats filed a bill aimed at lowering medical malpractice premiums.
Radio Story - Disabled Missourians injured on the job spoke out today in opposition of workers' compensation regulation.
Newspaper Story - A Senate committee considering a reduction of benefits in Missouri's workers' compensation program heard emotional testimony Wednesday from workers who felt abandoned by a system one Republican senator called "broken."
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