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Newspaper Story - Boone County will be shared by five House districts after the redistricting results were announced Thursday.
Radio Story - New districting lines are released for state legislators and there may be some big changes for St. Louis
Radio Story - Legislation is filed to let people beat up those who burn the flag.
Radio Story - Senator Harry Wiggins, a democrat from Kansas City, is proposing an extra $14 million for Kansas City stadium renovations. Wiggins says Kansas City and St. Louis need to work together or neither city will benefit.
Newspaper Story - Women lawmakers rally for another effort for legislative ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment
Radio Story - A group of representatives from the state legislature are filing an equal pay bill to help women in Missouri earn as much as their male counterparts.
Radio Story - The Governor's Mansion is celebrating their 130th year.
Radio Story - The vice president of Missouri's restaurant association, Pat Bergaur, said restaurants that depend on tourists, conventions and holiday partys have been affected by the slow economy.
Radio Story - The Executive Vice President of the Missouri Association of Realtors said that while home sales have declined in the past year, he is not concerned about MIssouri's housing market.
Radio Story - Joe Driskill, Director of Missouri's Department of Economic Development made it official; Missouri is in a recession.
Newspaper Story - Missouri in Recession
Radio Story - A spokesman for the Department of Commerce said the economic department's announcement that Missouri is in a recession may be premature.
Newspaper Story - Just a few weeks before initial proposals for legislation are due, the Missouri House of Representatives Interim Committee on Election Reform and Ballot Access met Friday to discuss possible changes to voting procedures in the state.
Radio Story - A Senate interim committee met to hear testimony of what election changes Missourians want to see.
Newspaper Story - A special legislative committee continues hearings on changing the state's election process.
Radio Story - The state is giving honorary diplomas to Veterans who dropped out of high school in order to serve in the US military.
Newspaper Story - The Supreme Court Justice, known for frankness and conservatism, will give a public lecture on "Interpreting the Constitution" on Nov. 14.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate Research Division has lost half its staff in the past two months in what some Democratic Senators have agreed is an "uncertain environment."
Newspaper Story - More Senate staffers leave, prompting Democratic charges against the Senate's GOP leadership.
Newspaper Story - Everyone who talks about Hugh McVey wants to talk about collective bargaining.
Newspaper Story - first amendment, free speech, campaign finance
Radio Story - Mail room employees for the Missouri House of Representatives aren't wearing gloves or any other protective gear, even in light of Anthrax spores discovered 120 miles away.
Radio Story - Mike Hartmann, Governor Holden's next Chief of Staff, says he is unsure which departments fall under the union rights executive order.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Holden's executive order comes under Senate special committee heat in hearing Wednesday.
Radio Story - The Director of Communications for Secretary of State Matt Blunt says constant communication with Blunt and the replacement of Dan Ross has kept the office running smoothly.
Newspaper Story - The "Missouri Mule" flies again in the latest version of the Missouri Official State Manual -- a tribute to the state's veterans.
Radio Story - Govenor Holden filed a motion to dismiss President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's petition. Kinder is questioning the legality of Holden's authority to implement an executive order on collective bargaining.
Newspaper Story - Price tag for increased security released
Newspaper Story - Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, criticized the hiring and firing decisions of Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder Tuesday and called for the Republican to either step down or change his tactics.
Radio Story - The Senate Democratic Caucus criticizes Kinder for hiring Rob Monsees as a Policy Director.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, criticized the hiring and firing decisions of Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder Tuesday and called for the Republican to either step down or change his tactics.
Radio Story - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month the capitol is being lit pink. Governor Holden's spokesman Jerry Nachtigal says it will cost several thousand dollars.
Radio Story - A meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss precautionary steps when handling suspicious mail.
Radio Story - Governor Holden signs a bill that exempts the 2001 federal tax rebate from state income tax.
Radio Story - While Govenor Holden announced a 2.5% budget cut, the Senate Adminstration Committee has voted on the goal of cutting 10%.
Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden to Illuminate Capital Dome for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Radio Story - Secretary of State matt Blunt wants his office to continue its work towards his goals even while he is away.
Newspaper Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt will report for active duty on Oct. 9 in the U.S. Navy.
Radio Story - State legislators treatened to investigate KOMU for barring its reporters from wearing lapel flags.
Newspaper Story - H&R Block was caught up in the state's enforcement of the new law restricting telemarketers.
Radio Story - The FAA lifted its flying restriction on crop-dusters Tuesday, but the temporary grounding may have caused trouble for cotton farmers.
Radio Story - Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder is just one lawmaker who supports a lawsuit seeking to repeal Governor Holden's executive order allowing collective bargaining by public state employees.
Newspaper Story - Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bob Holden Monday to challenge the constitutionality of Holden's union rights executive order.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden named Michael Hartmann his new chief of staff to replace the resigning Julie Gibson. Hartmann said he would be looking forward to working with the legislature on issues like safety, security, the state budget, and education.
Newspaper Story - Democratic No-show in Collective Bargaining Committee Angers GOP
Radio Story - Holden has cut back on his use of flying because of budget cuts.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's Senate adds a welfare-program expansion to the elderly prescription drug bill.
Radio Story - Missouri's Highway Patrol confirms a national report that sympathizers of Osama bin Laden are located in Columbia, Mo.
Radio Story - Missouri Legislators try to move on and talk about the next steps that America should take.
Newspaper Story - The financial effects in Missouri of Tuesday's terror got the attention from various state government officials Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - One day after the nation's greatest terrorist attack, Missouri government officials vowed the business of government would continue today. The legislature's special session plans to keep its schedule.
Radio Story - The violence in New York and Washington D.C. have increased security throughout the United States and in Missouri. While Govenor Holden announced to keep the capital open, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder decided to let Senators leave for the day.
Radio Story - Governor Holden addresses the House, saying they should still hold the planned hearings.
Radio Story - Tuesday's tragedy does not affect the House committee.
Radio Story - Missouri's governor put forces on alert at state offices and the legislature's session continued after the terrorist attacks.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers launch effort to get Missouri's WW II veterans to apply for special medals established by the legislature.
Newspaper Story - An issue that has split Missouri's agriculture community is among three issues before the state General Assembly's special session that begins Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's legislative special session has moved halfway to handing Gov. Bob Holden a legislative slam dunk -- after months of predicitons by members of both parties that Holden's failures were guaranteeing he would be a one-term chief of state.
Radio Story - Julie Gibson, Governor Holden's Chief of Staff, refused to show up at the first hearing of a special Senate Committee investigating the Governor's legality of using executive order for collective bargaining.
Radio Story - Task force Prescription Drug Program could run as high as 150 million dollars per year.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Health Committee approved the governor's prescription drug program for the elderly.
Radio Story - The Senate Health Committee reached a compromise and approved a bill very similar to the recommendations of the prescription drug task force.
Radio Story - A special senate committee hearing only had Republican attendants.
Radio Story - A special committee of Missouri's Senate will begin hearings Thursday into the governor's order allowing unions to seek fees from non-union state workers.
Newspaper Story - Senate Special Committee investigation of Gov. Bob Holden's union rights order begins Thursday.
Newspaper Story - House members failed to show up and Senators were sent to the basement of the statehouse on the first day of the Missouri legislature's special session.
Radio Story - Many members of the Missouri House may not be at the Special Session.
Radio Story - House leaders have told their members they do not need to show up for the first week of Missouri's special legislative session.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, made an early announcement Tuesday that he will run for Majority Floor Leader for the state House for the 2003-2004 legislative session.
Radio Story - Julie Gibson, Holden's Chief of Staff, will be leaving November 1.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's legislative special session will begin today under a legal cloud with the leader of the state Senate questioning whether any bills out of the state House will pass constitutional muster.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Legislature's Special Session, which begins Wednesday, will be a major test of the governing mandate of Gov. Bob Holden.
Newspaper Story - Republican lawmakers question the governor's power to take tobacco settlement money to balance the state's budget.
Radio Story - As agency budget cuts are slashed, $2 million is being spent to remodel Missouri's Senate.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's governor unviels his final list of budget withholdings for the current fiscal year.
Radio Story - Governor Holden established tax cuts of up to $185 million to help balance the Missouri budget.
Newspaper Story - Carnahan Hears from the Elderly
Radio Story - GOP Questions Democratic Motives
Radio Story - The Senate's top leader said he was considering seeking subpoenas for the Senate's investigation into the governor's union executive order.
Radio Story - Tax credit elimination may help Gov. Holden to balance the budget, but it also may convince new businesses to look at Missouri as a new home.
Newspaper Story - The House GOP leader says she is considering trying to get before the legislature's special session repeal of the governor's collective bargaining order.
Radio Story - A bill extending term limits in the Missouri legislature to twelve years, failed to reach debate on the last day of the 2001 session.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's General Assembly wrapped up this year's session Friday, swiftly passing two major bills while failing to address proposals on roads and prescription drug coverage.
Radio Story - Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder says the governor's name-calling is ridiculous.
Newspaper Story - As lawmakers praised themselves for a "job well done," 900 seniors in Kansas City prepare to graduate from a school that has been stripped of its state accreditation.
Radio Story - After they celebrated the success of their women's health plan, the House Democrats blamed the Republican-run Senate for the failure of their prescription drug plans.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers came to an agreement on congressional redistricting Wednesday when the Senate and House approved a compromise map by wide margins.
Radio Story - The Senate voted 28-5 to pass the new congressional district map that brings parts of Creve Coeur and Ladue into the first district, which is held by Democrat Lacy Clay.
Radio Story - The House passed its redistricting map 117-37 despite complaints about breaking up communities.
Radio Story - Slay visited the capitol and spoke with several lawmakers and the governor, but he did not leave with an agreement to get a Cardinal stadium built.
Newspaper Story - Republicans from St. Louis fought the current Senate restricting map--they want changes within the First and Second Districts. In the House, legislators passed a bill that fines bar owners for serving obviously drunk patrons.
Newspaper Story - With only four days left in the legislative session, the Missouri lawmakers worked to finalize several issues, from prescription drugs to parental notification.
Newspaper Story - Tensions rise in the State Senate as the session nears its end and the Republicans finish their first session as the majority party.
Radio Story - The legislature has approved a plan that will ask voters to give St. Louis city government more control over itself.
Newspaper Story - Aiming to make the State Capitol more accessible to the disabled, lawmakers Thursday approved spending $500,000 to draw up floor plans that would increase and reorganize office space.
Radio Story - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay visited the Capitol Wednesday.
Radio Story - Governor Holden met with Missouri House and Senate leaders to discuss priorities for the remainder of the legislative session.
Radio Story - Columbia Senator Ken Jacob says he doesn't like the Senate's map.
Newspaper Story - Senate Democrats -- including Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia -- launched a filibuster Wednesday to block GOP efforts to strip Democratic St. Louis City from the congressional district of U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt.
Radio Story - Senator Ken Jacob says the 9th district should be composed on mainly rural counties.
Radio Story - While the Senate filibusters its own plan for redistricting, the House passed its version in a near party line vote.
Radio Story - Governor Bob Holden says he doesn't think the Senate's plan for Congressional redistricting makes sense for St. Louis.
Newspaper Story - All of Boone County would remain in U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof's ninth district under a plan given first-round approval Tuesday in the state House.
Radio Story - The Republicans are fuming over several political moves the Democrats used to pass a redistricting map in the House.
Radio Story - The latest congressional district maps leave Gephardt out of Saint Louis City.
Radio Story - The committee voted 12-6 to pass its map and the only change is that the city of Ashland has been reunited in Kenny Hulshof's district, the ninth.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Dick Gebhardt is moved completely out of St. Louis City, under a plan proposed by the Senate committee. Rep. Lacy Clay would be the city's only representative as Gebhardt expands into the outlaying counties.
Radio Story - The Senate Redistricting Committee approved a map that moves US congressman Dick Gephardt outside the City of St. Louis.
Newspaper Story - Less than an hour after Gov. Bob Holden criticized a GOP transportation plan as "hocus pocus," "dirty tricks" and a "monster," the Senate's top Republican said such comments might jeopardize plans to fix Missouri's roads.
Newspaper Story - Columbia's Congressman Kenny Hulshof would get Missouri's statehouse under a redistricting plan unveiled Thursday by the Senate Redistricting Committee Chairman.
Radio Story - St. Louis City would have more power over itself under a plan that cleared the Senate.
Radio Story - Sen. Peter Kinder says because of the governor's actions he will not help move any of the governor's legislation.
Radio Story - Governor Holden appointed Norman B. Harty and Allison London Smith to the state redistricting committees, filling the vacancies left by his original appointment, Representative Mark Richardson.
Newspaper Story - The state would no longer execute the mentally retarded as part of a larger measure approved by the House Wednesday to change court procedures.
Newspaper Story - After months of controversy and confusion, the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee affirmed two new members to the state's apportionment committee.
Radio Story - According to leaders sponsoring stadium legislation, Governor Holden has yet to talk to them about the specifics of his meetings with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Newspaper Story - Following the release of a congressional district map of the St. Louis area negotiated by U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt and Rep. William "Lacy" Clay earlier this week, a freshman Republican senator offered his own alternative.
Newspaper Story - "One Missouri" has succombed to political sparring.
Radio Story - After debating the tax credit bill for several days last week, the House Floor Leader moved the previous question almost immediately Tuesday, upsetting Republicans.
Radio Story - Lawyer Michael Carvin has been hired to help out the Senate Redistricting Committee, which makes Democratic members uncomfortable
Newspaper Story - One of President George W. Bush's lawyers during the Florida recount is now the legal advisor for the Senate redistricting committee.
Radio Story - Although the governor appointed two Republicans to the commission, the Missouri Republican Party is still disappointed with how the selection process went.
Newspaper Story - State Rep. Jon Dolan, R-Lake St. Louis, suggested extending U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt's district farther north and west and adding Cole County to the 9th district in a sparsely attended public hearing Wednesday night.
Radio Story - A public hearing regarding congressional redistricting, is set for Thursday in St. Louis.
Newspaper Story - As accusations of committee members for transportation support fly from Republican Peter Kinder, Holden denies charges and reaffirms his plan to anounce new members this week.
Radio Story - Missouri's Senate gave first-round approval to a plan that would ask voters to extend term limits to ten years.
Newspaper Story - A bitter dispute emerged late Thursday when the top Senate Republican accused Gov. Bob Holden of offering a seat on the redistricting commission in return for GOP support of a $747 million transportation plan.
Radio Story - The Attorney General offered an opinion on the redistricting controversy and that led to wild day of accusations.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers will say how safe Gephardt's district will be.
Radio Story - A redestricting plan submitted by Lacy Clay could jeopardize Gephardt's seat in the House.
Newspaper Story - Missourians can put in their two cents on what will grace the back of the state's commemorative quarter to be minted in 2003.
Radio Story - Senate proposal to extend term limits.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt's office says more than 24,000 in St. Louis City are registered in multiple precincts.
Radio Story - Russ Carnahan accepted an award for his late father's work to protect Missouri's children.
Newspaper Story - The House approved Gov. Bob Holden's "One Missouri Transportation Plan" in a near party-line vote Thursday that followed last-minute arm twisting to ensure its passage.
Radio Story - Democratic members of the Black Caucus voiced their opposition to the transportation plan in a meeting with the governor before eventually voting in favor of his bill.
Radio Story - The St. Louis homerule, which allows St. Louis city citizens to elect both its city and county officers, passes the Missouri Senate.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden came from a little town in southern Missouri -- a place that still effects his role as governor today.
Newspaper Story - Governor Bob Holden says he appointed Mark Richardson, despite his resignation, because Republicans gave him too few choices.
Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden defended his decision to appoint Rep. Mark Richardson to the head of the State Redistricting Committee.
Radio Story - A decision by Governor Bob Holden on who will serve on redistricting commissions, caused tension in the House.
Radio Story - A Senate committee looks at ways to draw districts that will be fair to all Missourians.
Radio Story - 'Home rule' means the state no longer controls the city level of government in St. Louis City.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Administration Committee voted Friday to eliminate six positions. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder announced the names until Monday.
Radio Story - President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's office released the names of six staffers who are losing their jobs.
Newspaper Story - An assistant to Sen. Harold Caskey, D-Butler, one of the nation's few blind state legislators, could be one of about a dozen people expected to be fired in the wake of Republican measures proposed by President Pro Tem Sen. Peter Kinder.
Radio Story - Democrats and Republicans clashed Thursday over proposed Senate restructuring.
Radio Story - Sen. Harold Caskey's assistant is one of a dozen Senate staffers likely to be fired under Senate budget cutbacks.
Radio Story - A Senate bill proposes creating a regional board to govern all St. Louis-area airports, giving the region a voice in airport-related decisions.
Radio Story - St. Louis Senator Wayne Goode has introduced a bill that would create a commission to oversee Capitol construction.
Newspaper Story - Missourians will have a chance to design the state's commemorative quarter as part of a contest announced Thursday by Lori Hauser Holden, wife of Gov. Bob Holden.
Newspaper Story - After almost two months in office, Gov. Bob Holden still owes an estimated $320,000 for his January inauguration -- the most expensive in Missouri history.
Newspaper Story - The firing of a Senate doorman is the first casualty of the Republican-controlled Senate
Newspaper Story - Mixing experience with outside leadership, Missouri Gov. Bob Holden nominated four cabinet members Thursday, bringing in two newcomers while keeping two officials from previous administrations.
Newspaper Story - The state attorney general reports that the recent high increases in natural gas rates were not a result of criminal activity.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden's endorsement for House approval of tobacco fund money to ease budget shortfall was rejected by a 69-87 roll call vote.
Newspaper Story - Political debate took a strange turn in Missouri's statehouse Thursday. Democrats blamed Republicans for Democrats not supporting the Democratic governor.
Radio Story - A House bill would make all incoming governors give a detailed account of all contributions to gubernatorial inaugurations
Newspaper Story - Veterans who left high school to enlist in World War I, World War II or the Korean conflict would be granted a honorary high school diploma under a proposal under consideration in the House.
Radio Story - Senator Wayne Goode is co-sponsoring a bill to set up a commission to restore Capitol with original designs.
Newspaper Story - Passion is a word many who know him use to describe the Missouri Senate's new top leader -- and an emerging figure in the state Republican party.
Newspaper Story - The House passed a bill to lower the drunken driving threshhold from .10 to .08 despite a current of partisan debate.
Newspaper Story - Citing his frustration with Republican leaders, state Sen. Jim Mathewson, D-Sedalia, resigned Tuesday from the Senate Transportation Committee.
Radio Story - Democratic Senator Jim Mathewson stepped down from the committee because he says he can't accomplish what he wanted now that Republicans are in control of the Senate.
Radio Story - While toll roads aren't in Missouri yet, a proposal was introduced that would allow no more than $500 million in toll roads at any one time.
Radio Story - Senator Peter Kinder becomes the first Republican Senate President Pro Tem in 52 years.
Newspaper Story - House Republicans have proposed removing one of the constitutional protections of the state Transportation Department by putting the department under the control of a secretary named by the governor.
Newspaper Story - Columbia's own Vicki Riback-Wilson said she is pushing to make her hometown's a priority in the Capitol Building.
Radio Story - St. Louis Senator Pat Dougherty, who is the first white to be elected in the 4th district in 40 years, says he will represent diverse interests.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate rejected a House resolution that would have prevented a pay raise for lawmakers.
Radio Story - By an overwhelming vote, Missouri's House has rejected a pay plan for legislators, statewide elected officials and judges.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Senate has to allow a pay plan for lawmakers and other government officials to take effect.
Radio Story - Voting made easy...that's the idea behind several House bills aimed at making voting more convenient. One bill proposes a voting system that would allow voters to cast their ballots before election day.
Newspaper Story - Despite a call for bipartisanship, Missouri's new Democratic governor found one of his key proposals declared "DOA" by a top GOP leader.
Radio Story - Missouri Gov. Bob Holden says education and a balanced budget are his priorities, but Republicans raise concerns about several of his other plans.
Newspaper Story - While calling on legislators to act on the state's growing transportation problems, Missouri's new governor came under legislative attack Tuesday for not offering a single proposal upon which legislators could act.
Newspaper Story - Missouri Gov. Bob Holden proposed using a portion of the state's tobacco settlement to fund life sciences research at large public institutions such as MU over 25 years.
Newspaper Story - As he had throughout his campaign, Missouri Gov. Bob Holden made education the focus of his State of the State address Tuesday.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt releases a bipartisan election commission report. Recommendations include extending Election Day to eleven days, allowing early voting.
Radio Story - Representatives gave several new ideas to alleviate Missouri's teacher shortage and improve school funding.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt released a report from a bipartisan election reform commission. Eliminating so-called "butterfly punch ballots" was among the recommendations.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt asks the legislature for five million dollars in matching funds for local election boards.
Radio Story - The day after an election giving them control of the Senate, Republican leaders got together with Democrats to approve a resolution that makes their payraises subject to appropriation.
Newspaper Story - Key state senators say an effort to boost taxes for highway construction is all but dead as a result of the GOP capture of the Missouri Senate.
Radio Story - After Wednesday's special election results, Republicans will hold an 18-16 majority in the Missouri Senate.
Newspaper Story - For the second day in a row, members of the Senate stalled a resolution that would reject a 5.5 percent increase in legislative salaries for each of the next two years.
Newspaper Story - Republicans took control of the Missouri Senate for the first time in more than 50 years after special elections held Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - In an angry and bitter Senate debate Tuesday, Missouri state senators delayed action on a resolution that would have rejected a raise for themselves.
Newspaper Story - In three distant areas of Missouri, a handful of voters will cast votes that could mark an historic era for Missouri.
Radio Story - Several Senators used a filibuster to prevent a vote on a bill that would reject the Missouri Citizens' Salary Commission's recommended pay raises.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Senate Rules Committee has passed to the full Senate a resolution to reject a 5.5% package of pay hikes for statewide elected officials and legisaltors.
Radio Story - The Senate Rules Committee rejected a proposed pay increase for state officials.
Radio Story - The Democrats and Republicans voted together on the House rules after the leadership of the parties worked to find a compromise on the rules.
Newspaper Story - A political campaign in northern Missouri that could decide control of the state's Senate has racked up a price tag of more than $600,000.
Radio Story - Democratic representative Juanita Walton has proposed a bill that would divide Missouri's eleven electoral votes by congressional district.
Radio Story - Interns learned their own rules, the rules of the legislature and got a tour of the Capitol during orientation Tuesday.
Radio Story - As the only Republican state officer, Secretary of State Matt Blunt says he believes that Holden's administration will still work together.
Radio Story - Governor Roger Wilson combined humor and integrity when addressing the Missouri legislature yesterday.
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