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Gov. Nixon issues statement on study showing Medicaid inaction is costing Missouri jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a statement regarding a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) showing health care job growth in Missouri is falling behind its peer states that have moved forward on Medicaid. According to MERIC, health care job growth in Missouri has slowed to half what it was in 2011 and 2012. In addition, since January the average health care job growth rate in peer states that expanded Medicaid was more than double that of Missouri’s.

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Gov. Nixon signs bill to protect families of fallen soldiers at funerals

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1372 to protect the families of fallen Missouri soldiers at funeral services. The bill, which was passed unanimously by both the Missouri House and Senate, is patterned after a local Missouri city ordinance that was upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Cherokee riders pass through on Trail of Tears

    Remember the Removal bike riders came through the region on June 12-13 as they travel from Georgia to Oklahoma. Cherokee students got a glimpse of the hardships their ancestors faced while traveling the Trail of Tears. Thirteen Cherokee Nation riders, along with six riders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee in North Carolina traveled the path in remembrance of those who traveled before.

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Gov. Nixon signs executive order launching comprehensive State Energy Plan

• Initiative will gather input from Missourians and chart a roadmap toward a more prosperous, secure and sustainable energy future
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Executive Order 14-06 to formally launch the development of a comprehensive State Energy Plan, led by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy.  Under the Governor’s order, the Division of Energy will gather input from Missourians around the state and submit a final report by May 31, 2015.  Gov. Nixon made the announcement during a speech to Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO) stakeholders in St. Louis.

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Five questions to appear before voters statewide on August ballot

Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that five questions will appear before voters statewide at the primary election on August 5, 2014. The measures, all constitutional amendments referred to the ballot by the General Assembly, will take effect if a majority of voters approve.

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