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2009 Consumer & Business Stories
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers again try to make illegal margarine legal
Radio Story - The Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) voted to discontinue paying employee bonuses in certain circumstances.
Radio Story - The state's unemployment rate dipped in October as 4,000 more Missourians found work.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Nixon appointed David Kerr as the state's new Director of Economic Development Thursday.
Radio Story - Mid-Missouri berry farmers don't mind the rain.
Newspaper Story - Landfill gas-turned-electricity will help heat homes in Columbia.
Newspaper Story - Many Missourians who saved money on their electric bill due to the mild summer could end up paying more in the future if the state's biggest electric utility gets its way.
Newspaper Story - As the H1N1 flu vaccine becomes available in Missouri, it will be distributed through local health departments and health care providers.
Radio Story - Missouri will get nearly 20,000 doses of swine flu vaccine this week, but the state Health Department is telling local governments to figure out distribution themselves.
Radio Story - AFSCME presented a declaration to the governor asking for more jobs.
Radio Story - Some senators worry plans to bring Internet to rural areas will duplicate existing infrastructure
Newspaper Story - The Economic Development director is the first of Gov. Jay Nixon's cabinet to resign.
Radio Story - Missouri's economic development director, Linda Martinez, resigned Monday after a rocky eight months on the job.
Newspaper Story - A survey released by the Federal Reserve indicates a stablizing economy, except for a region that includes over half of Missouri.
Newspaper Story - Union advocates led by former Democratic State Sen. Chuck Graham spoke out against Integrity Home Care's lawsuit.
Radio Story - The council established under Proposition B seeks to gain support against lawsuit.
Newspaper Story - A Medicaid fraud settlement means $22 million for Missouri.
Radio Story - The state treasurer's office is making strides in giving unclaimed property back to Missourians, but there's still a long way to go.
Radio Story - Six fiscally conservative senators found their voice this session saying enough with expanding the state budget
Radio Story - Missouri House passes a job creation bill in its final session.
Newspaper Story - Legislative wrap for Thursday, May 14, 2009
Radio Story - With three days left in the legislative session, Republican Senators held a closed-door meeting with the governor in an attempt to reach a compromise on Gov. Jay Nixon's job creation bill.
Radio Story - One St. Louis lawmaker opposed a bill that would distribute federal stimulus money saying he doesn't want to get Missouri further into debt.
Radio Story - A bill regulating pre-need funeral contracts is on it's way to the Governor's desk after moving through the Senate Wednesday.
Radio Story - Controversy over stimulus money continued in the Missouri House Wednesday
Radio Story - State's Top Budget Official Announces State Tax Collection's Continue To Fall.
Newspaper Story - $336 million in stimulus funding was revitalized in the House.
Newspaper Story - A proposal some Democrats criticize as being anti-unions passed the Missouri House.
Radio Story - A senate committee room was filled today with those in support of a bill that would eliminate income taxes
Radio Story - A Missouri lawmaker urges replacing the state's income tax with a higher sales tax.
Newspaper Story - Proposed bill would cap minimum wage for tipped employees in the state
Newspaper Story - House passes measure to allow pharmacies to refuse to dispense Plan B
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate shot down a bill aimed to provide job security to volunteers in the Civil Air Patrol.
Radio Story - Democrats on the House Rules Committee walked out of a vote to decide how to spend more than $1 billion in federal stimulus money.
Newspaper Story - AmerenUE urged legislators to withdraw legislation that would allow the company to raise rates in order to build nuclear power plant
Radio Story - AmerenUE's announcement that it won't build a Callaway 2 nuclear power plant met with disappointment
Radio Story - The senior most member of the House of Representatives called Gov. Nixon's $100 million jobs training program a mystery.
Radio Story - Republican representatives caucused to discuss big budget issues but details remain slim about the specific issues.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate gives final approval on a new mandated registration program on lenders.
Newspaper Story - Feature on identity theft legislation.
Radio Story - The House Budget Committee stripped $100 million from the job training pushed by the governor to fund projects that would benefit legislative home districts.
Radio Story - Small business employees could see smaller pay checks because of a bill exempting some businesses from the minimum wage requirement
Newspaper Story - Nixon says state's incentive packages have been rejected because the Senate hasn't passed the jobs bill.
Radio Story - The Governor is tired of waiting on a bill that could put hundreds of jobs in Missouri.
Radio Story - The Missouri House votes to pass a $700 million bond amendment.
Radio Story - Despite a variety of bills and pleads from families, the Missouri legislature has blocked initiatives to cover autism treatments.
Radio Story - On the same day the U.S. Attorney General warned of mortgage fraud, a Missouri legislative committee heard a proposal to toughen regulation of mortgage brokers.
Newspaper Story - The first day of full Senate debate on an AmerenUE-backed bill
Radio Story - Charges of outside financial interests were raised in the Missouri Senate over the AmerenUE plan for a new nuclear plant.
Radio Story - Officials say the state's unemployment insurance fund will be $1 billion short in the coming years, and the House Workforce Committee passed a bill that would lift the borrowing limit.
Radio Story - In response to a federal bill, a measure passed a House committee that forces workers to use secret ballots to form unions.
Radio Story - While Missourians are asking for more jobs, Senate dispute could kill a bill aimed at job creation.
Radio Story - A quarter of a million Missourians are unemployed, but some aren't giving up hope.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Commerce Committee voted the retooled bill that would allow AmerenUE to recover financing costs before the plant is finished out of committee.
Radio Story - As the Senate Commerce Committee moved forward on a bill that could allow for a second nuclear plant in Missouri, a firestorm erupts over the public relations efforts of some of the bill's opponents.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Nixon announces those appointed to the Automotive Jobs Task Force
Radio Story - Arguments, a fire alarm, and dozens of questions sidetracked a bill Monday that would let Missourians decide whether workers can still vote by secret ballot.
Radio Story - On the eve of a possible Senate committee vote, opponents voiced opinions against a bill that would raise electric rates for consumers.
Newspaper Story - A feature on a raw milk bill.
Radio Story - There are more Missourians out of work these days than there have been in the last 25 years, according to a report released Wednesday.
Radio Story - The House Privacy Committee heard a bill Tuesday that will make it illegal to force someone to have a personal identification chip put under their skin.
Radio Story - A proposal to cap liability for carbon sequestration projects in Missouri raised concerns that it could lead to unsafe methods in this new clean coal technology.
Radio Story - The Senate already passed a measure which would regulate the pre-need burial industry but a House committee proposed stricter protections for consumers.
Radio Story - Missouri's Senate Commerce Committee hears a proposal to resubmit a cell-phone tax to Missouri voters.
Radio Story - After little opposition in the Senate, the House is now discussing a bill that regulates the pre-need funeral coverage industry, making it harder for just anyone to sell coverage.
Radio Story - As the General Assembly mulls over bills to permit AmerenUE to increase its rates to finance a second nuclear power plant, questions continue over the company's plans.
Radio Story - Employers will no longer be able to discriminate based on someone's sexual orientation if one measure makes it's way to the Governor's desk.
Newspaper Story - Some members of the Public Service Commission expressed concern over time lines.
Newspaper Story - One aspect of Missouri's stimulus plan focuses on tax credits for small businesses.
Radio Story - Missouri's unemployment rate is the highest it has been in 25 years. But new measures in the legislature would produce benefits for local small businesses.
Newspaper Story - A job-creation plan endorsed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon ran into opposition from a group of Republican state senators during session Tuesday.
Radio Story - State Treasurer Clint Zweifel offers his plan to give small businesses around the state easier access to low interest loans.
Newspaper Story - The constitutionality of provisions in a House utility bill were called into question.
Radio Story - AmerenUE came under attack of critics during a House Utilities Commission hearing.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that takes a hard line on the funeral business.
Radio Story - A new bill introduced in the senate could bring foreclosures to a screeching halt.
Radio Story - As the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a requirement that truckers pump biodiesel into their tanks, other legislators want a measure repealed.
Radio Story - Chairman of Senate Jobs Committee says strong opposition will kill a bill providing tax breaks for businesses.
Radio Story - A bipartisan group of Missouri Senators made it clear Tuesday they will not let funeral care providers rip off their customers.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Committee on Commerce hears SB 228 that would let AmerenUE charge rate payers for the finance costs of building a nuclear plant before the plant is operational.
Radio Story - AmerenUE threatened that if a current law prohibiting the company from passing finance costs to ratepayers isn't changed, then it can't build a second nuclear power plant in Missouri.
Radio Story - The Missouri House gave first round approval for an economic development plan.
Newspaper Story - Consumer advocates outline their opposition to Sen. Scott's CWIP bill.
Radio Story - The state's largest energy provider wants to build a new powerplant but faced opposition from consumer advocacy groups in the state capital Tuesday.
Radio Story - A Missouri Senate committee has moved a bill to the Senate floor that would regulate pre-need funeral contracts.
Radio Story - Missouri is experiencing the highest unemployment rates since 1984, and now the state's unemployment benefit fund is dwindling.
Newspaper Story - The Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for AmerenUE electricity consumers.
Radio Story - Rate increases are on the way from AmerenUE.
Newspaper Story - The governor's State of the State address focused on job creation and health care with a mixed response from legislators.
Newspaper Story - Funeral industry representatives urge Senate committee to regulate the funeral industry.
Radio Story - Representatives from Missouri's funeral industry urged Senators to increase regulation in order to ensure legitimate pre-need contracts.
Newspaper Story - The bill that would allow AmerenUE to raise its rates to build a second nuclear power plant in Callaway.
Newspaper Story - Nixon vows against 2010 higher education budget cuts
Newspaper Story - Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday announced a plan to revamp how local motor vehicle and driver license offices are awarded in the state, claiming,
Newspaper Story - At Gov. Jay Nixon's first press conference aimed at highlighting the first official efforts of the Show Me Jobs initiative, his staff tried to seize the cell phones of the press, initially saying it was a security matter.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's new governor promises a "new day" in his inaugural address
Newspaper Story - State legislature opens with higher education reform, emphasis on economic development
Newspaper Story - House leaders anticipate bipartisanship in upcoming session
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