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Newspaper Story - State regulator wants tighter restrictions on home insurers
Newspaper Story - Schools, hospitals hiring as Missouri manufacturers cut staff
Radio Story - Orientation is help for new legislators. Topics include hiring, budget, health insurance and parking.
Newspaper Story - The GOP is expected to have at least four strong candidates for the next governor's race in 2004.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt has certified the November 5th election results.
Radio Story - Secretary of State Matt Blunt says he is considering his options and has a lot of support to run for Governor in 2004.
Radio Story - Blunt is waiting on a final tally from Missouri County Clerks and Board of Elections, due in his office by Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - The state Salary Commission recommends hefty raises for elected officials and judges
Radio Story - MoDot Director says he wants to finish what he's started at MoDot
Radio Story - Commission will gather to compare notes from public hearings and decide on recommendation for state employee pay raises.
Radio Story - Hungerbeeler says MoDot needs an additional $2.5 to $3 billion dollars to repair crumbling highway system.
Radio Story - Of the 9 seats up for grabs in the state Senate race, Democrats captured none.
Radio Story - Democrats fails to capture any of the 9 Senate seats up for grabs in most recent elections.
Newspaper Story - Missouri Democrats hold just 2 of 14 rural Senate seats.
Newspaper Story - Some proponents of the Proposition A tobacco tax increase said its failure at the polls was thanks to Missouri Right to Life.
Newspaper Story - Most of the new House and Senate leadership is either young or a lawyer or both.
Radio Story - Gov. Bob Holden says that although he is willing to work together with republicans, he will not dismiss his former priorities.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Ken Jacob was nominated for minority floor leader as Democrats pledged to work in a bipartisan manner during the next session.
Radio Story - Senator Jacob blasts Republicans for special interest campaign financing. He says with control of both the House and the Senate, it's time for results.
Newspaper Story - Republicans nominated Catherine Hanaway to lead their slate of candidates for the House, which they now dominate by a 90-73 margin.
Newspaper Story - Republicans now control the Missouri House for the first time since 1954.
Newspaper Story - A proposition to raise state cigarette taxes by 55 cents a pack was narrowly defeated by Missouri voters.
Newspaper Story - Missouri voters approved three ballot questions, but rejected two others.
Newspaper Story - State Auditor Claire McCaskill gave Missouri Democrats their one statewide victory for the night -- a landslide victory following an unusual campaign against Republican challenger and ex-felon Al Hanson.
Newspaper Story - Sec. of state sent letter to circuit court judges forbidding them from keeping polls open past statutory closing time.
Radio Story - In response to one St. Louis judge who kept the polls open after closing time during the 2000 presidential election in St. Louis, Blunt issues a letter reminding judges they do not have the right to extend voting time.
Newspaper Story - Republicans are showing signs they are confident they will win the Missouri House in next week's election.
Newspaper Story - The Kansas City and St. Louis business groups and the state's hospitals behind the tobacco tax all stand to gain from its passage
Newspaper Story - Just a few days before the election, no one seems to know when the winner of Missouri's U.S. Senate race will be certified.
Radio Story - Matt Blunt's office is investigating allegations that banks are charging to notarize absentee ballots, a violation of state law.
Radio Story - Republicans say Holden should work quickly to respond to what voters want if Talent wins U.S. Senate race.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's four million registered voters will decide whether to give 350,000 St. Louisans Home Rule.
Newspaper Story - A proposal to develop a "no-spam" list faces major hurdles before the flood of junk e-mail can be stemmed
Newspaper Story - A proposed hike in Missouri's tobacco tax would net at least $20 million for several of Columbia's largest employers
Newspaper Story - A summary of the issues behind the six ballot questions voters will decide in November
Newspaper Story - Republicans and Democrats both expect to win this fall's elections.
Newspaper Story - Provisional-voting lawsuit settled.
Newspaper Story - One of the least publicized issues on the November ballot hands Missouri voters the opportunity to start the process for redefining the very structure of Missouri government and the rights of its citizens. It is the question of whether Missouri should hold a constitutional convention -- a question some call "dangerous."
Newspaper Story - Profile of Al Hanson, Republican candidate for state auditor.
Newspaper Story - Profile of state Auditor Claire McCaskill.
Radio Story - Claire McCaskill says her Repulican opponent's emphasis on his financial background may indicate he's confused about the role of state auditor.
Newspaper Story - State Auditor Claire McCaskill has about $470,000 available in campaign funds.
Newspaper Story - All of Missouri to decide on Home Rule for St. Louis
Radio Story - Hanson says he thinks he will win the election for state auditor given his experience as a businessman.
Al Hanson says that with his financial background, he would be better suited to be state auditor than Claire McCaskill.
Newspaper Story - MoDOT will lose $10.4 million due to lax open-container law.
Radio Story - Holt County voters received ballots marking Jean Carnahan as a Republican and Jim Talent as a Democrat.
Newspaper Story - Proponents Amendment 4 say it could cut electricity rates and encourage local production.
Radio Story - The Conservation department will be investigating allegations that Talent was fishing without a license.
Newspaper Story - A measure on this November's ballot will strengthen the bargaining power of Missouri firefighters.
Newspaper Story - A Cole County judge ruled a 55 cent hike in the state's cigarette tax should go on this November's ballot.
Newspaper Story - A report from state auditor Claire McCaskill charged the Department of Higher Education with billing the state for employee meals costing as much as $60 each.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden said Thursday that closing corporate tax "loopholes" will be a priority in planning next year's budget. He also urged state departments not to request funding increases.
Newspaper Story - The legislature may address two bills the governor signed then vetoed in July.
Radio Story - Red Cross sponsors Memorial honoring victims of 9-11.
Newspaper Story - The Red Cross -- which was accused of misleading donors and depriving victims' families after Sept. 11 -- is sponsoring the Missouri state Capitol's one-year remembrance of victims.
Radio Story - Holden is surprised to hear that Cardinals President plans on keeping Cardinals in St. Louis.
Radio Story - The transportation bill made it on the August ballot.
Radio Story - A transportation bill was expected to be on the August 6th ballot. Due to time constraints, it might not make it on until November.
Newspaper Story - Two of the General Assembly's transportation specialists leave after distinguished careers due to term limits
Newspaper Story - Big time lobbyists in the state are ignoring no parking restrictions around the statehouse.
Newspaper Story - Some top leadership positions in the House and Senate will be up for grabs due to term limits.
Newspaper Story - The legislature agreed to raise taxes enough so that no special session will be needed to balance the budget.
Radio Story - A proposed amendment removing butterfly ballots from use in Missouri failed on the House floor.
Newspaper Story - Debate on a tax increase to pay for Missouri roads broke down over the plan's price tag.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers' deadline to finish budget is next Friday.
Newspaper Story - Preoccupied with a debate stretching late into the night on subsidies for a new baseball stadium in St. Louis, the Senate postponed debate on a plan to tap an emergency fund to balance the state's budget.
Radio Story - Speaker Kreider and Minority Leader Hanaway are blaming each other for the possibility of a special session on the budget.
Newspaper Story - After nearly nine hours of debate and the announcement of $250 million in additional 2002 budget shortfalls, the Senate approved a $18.8 billion budget Thursday night.
Newspaper Story - The state's financial picture is worse than expected Gov. Bob Holden announced Thursday, saying he would have to find an extra $250 million on top of earlier withholdings to keep this year's budget out of the red.
Newspaper Story - The Senate gave preliminary approval to two bills on the first day of floor debate on the budget. One sells part of the tobacco settlement, the other changes some tax regulations.
Newspaper Story - Funding for the new Cardinals' stadium is finding little support this year.
Newspaper Story - Mortgaging Missouri's tobacco settlement has emerged as a solution to the state's budget crisis
Newspaper Story - Hispanics call for Gov. Holden to bring state government closer to Hispanic Missourians.
Radio Story - Female legislators wore hats on the House floor to celebrate the end of tax season.
Radio Story - Kreider says until the Senate passes its version of the Cardinals stadium deal, the House version won't be placed on the calendar.
Radio Story - Republicans stalled a final vote on a transportation tax increase affecting the sales and gasoline taxes.
Radio Story - Republican Senator Morris Westfall's bill could be heard again as early as next week.
Radio Story - The Cardinals face more restrictions, but the Blues will get more money.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers defeated Gov. Bob Holden's proposal to tap into the state's Rainy Day Fund, with the plan falling short of the support it needed to pass the House Tuesday.
Radio Story - An era comes to an end--Senator Morris Westfall will leave office at the end of session due to term limits.
Newspaper Story - Rep. Farnen offered a humorous amendment in the House Thursday.
Newspaper Story - House leaders delayed a vote to tap the state's Budget Reserve Fund late Thursday after giving preliminary approval to most of the state's budget.
Radio Story - Holden says he will consider it a successful legislative session if a balanced budget is passed.
Newspaper Story - Spring break started Thursday for Missouri legislators.
Newspaper Story - Legislators have introduced more bills this year than ever before.
Radio Story - Holden spokesman Jerry Natchigal says Holden's promotion his Rainy Day plan is necessary.
Newspaper Story - Public colleges and universities are spending more than $800,000 every year lobbying Missouri lawmakers for more funding, according to state records.
Radio Story - Female Republican senators criticize lack of women on rape bill conference committee.
Newspaper Story - It has been a bad week for Gov. Bob Holden in Missouri's legislature.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Kinder has proposed a bill that would require the state to have open, competitive bidding for legal counsel.
Radio Story - Missouri's impeached Secretary of State, Judi Moriarty, is running for the House in 2002.
Radio Story - Efforts to remove a time limit on rape prosecutions is running into problems in Missouri's legislature.
Newspaper Story - A House Appropriations Committee has recommended deep cuts in the budget of Gov. Bob Holden.
Radio Story - A House committee says the governor needs to make cuts internally.
Radio Story - Governor Holden says doubters should look at his record.
Radio Story - Kinder's chief of staff resigns amidst controversy
Newspaper Story - Sen. Peter Kinder's chief of staff resigned.
Radio Story - Under legislation, Missouri business employers will have to pay equal pay for equal work to both genders.
Radio Story - Senator Mary Bland of Kansas City has hired as a state-salaried aide a felon convicted of taking government funds.
Radio Story - House Minority leader Catherine Hanaway comments on former Kansas City representative Vernon Thompson.
Radio Story - Legislation was heard that would give surrounding communities of Lambert Airport more representation.
Radio Story - The Senate derails a Democrat effort for an investigation into the financial background of the Senate President Pro Tem's chief of staff.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Holden's appointee to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, Renee Slusher, was rejected Wednesday on grounds that she was biased.
Radio Story - St Louis Rapper Nelly received an honor from Missouri's governor for his work in St Louis public schools.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden issued a proclamation honoring the St. Louis rapper and his group, the St. Lunatics, for helping to raise attendance in St. Louis city schools.
Newspaper Story - Removal of statute of limitations on rape, sodomy passes House
Radio Story - Yeckel introduces an election reform bill that forces voters to show picture IDs and allows provisional ballots to be cast when voter registration is questioned.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden's address resonates plenty of numbers on how to cut the budget, but contains precious few plans on other issues like transportation.
Newspaper Story - Minutes after Gov. Holden outlined his budget proposal, Republican opposition began taking aim.
Radio Story - abortion-providing clinics can now receive state money again
Newspaper Story - More than 160,000 Missourians will have no representation in Missouri's Senate for two years because of the Senate redistricting plan for the next decade.
Newspaper Story - Senate leaders in Arkansas and Maine say they haven't seen a drop in legislative activity, while some states report high staff turnover and an increase in the number of legislators leaving office before their term expires.
Newspaper Story - MoPIRG calls on Missouri's freshman U.S. senator, Jean Carnahan, to adopt a pro-environment plank.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Bob Holden has clipped his wings following criticism about his frequent use of state airplanes.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Holden only has $50.66 in his campaign funds when all is said and done, the lowest since the Civil War some say.
Newspaper Story - Harlan and Graham will both run for the same Senate seat in 2004.
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