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Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in response to severe and dangerous weather

• Governor urges Missourians to follow weather reports and be prepared for severe weather
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and flash flooding, and at least one reported tornado. The heavy rain associated with the severe weather has already led to several water rescues along flooded streams and rivers.  Another round of severe weather is forecast for much of the state today.
“With the continued significant risk of severe storms and flooding, I urge Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed,” Gov. Nixon said. “The state of Missouri will continue to work closely with local officials to help protect lives and property from these storms.”


Families use senate hearing to endorse medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate General Laws Committee heard passionate testimony Tuesday, April 1, in support of a bill that would allow use of marijuana to alleviate dire medical conditions.
The bill would change Missouri law excepting those in possession of marijuana to have a registry identification card such as qualified patients and primary care givers. To qualify a person must have debilitating condition and must use marijuana within their home.

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During visit to Ozarks Medical Center, Gov. Nixon calls on General Assembly to prevent further damage to the economy by bringing Missourians’ tax dollars home

• With Missouri taxpayers having spent $500 million for health care in other states, new report shows inaction has also cost the state more than 3,000 jobs
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – As the tab for the General Assembly’s inaction on Medicaid exceeded $500 million, Gov. Jay Nixon visited Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains to call on legislators to prevent further damage to the economy and stop flow of taxpayer dollars to other states. Last week, a report from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Hospital Association found that inaction on Medicaid already cost the state more than 3,000 jobs over the past six months alone. The Governor was joined by representatives of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Medicaid reform and expansion.

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Missouri legislature considers cap on agricultural land productivity tax

JEFFERSON CITY - Tax increases on productive land values would be capped at 2 percent under a measure heard by Missouri lawmakers.

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Beef prices will remain high until herd numbers increase

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Record cattle prices have caused a large uptick in beef prices at the grocery store.

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