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Gov. Nixon signs bill permitting first responders to administer heroin overdose antidote

• Governor says action could save lives by allowing law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to utilize highly effective heroin antidote
BYRNES MILL, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today joined firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians at High Ridge Fire Department Station No.3 to sign House Bill 2040, which permits Missouri first responders to obtain and administer a highly effective heroin overdose antidote.

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On 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964, Gov. Nixon signs executive order to help increase diversity, inclusivity in state contracts

JEFFERSON CITY – Saying that the values of Missourians include diversity, tolerance and equal opportunity, Gov. Jay Nixon today marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 by signing an executive order to promote greater inclusivity in state government contracts.

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Two joint resolutions certified for November 2014 ballot

Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that two joint resolutions have been certified for the November 2014 ballot. Both were referred to voters by the General Assembly.

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Gov. Nixon signs bill addressing 'border war' in Kansas City metropolitan area 

• Governor says Senate Bill 635 demonstrates Missouri’s commitment to fiscal discipline, accountability and economic growth; calls on Kansas to follow Missouri’s lead
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon joined business and civic leaders at Union Station in Kansas City today to sign Senate Bill 635, which contains provisions addressing the economic “border war” in the Kansas City metropolitan area and helping to ensure the fiscally responsible use of economic development incentives in the region.

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Gov. Nixon signs bill to help improve breast cancer detection by providing women with information about dense breast tissue

• Governor says bill has the potential to save lives by encouraging the early detection of breast cancer
JOPLIN, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Freeman Hospital West in Joplin to sign Senate Bill 639, which will help improve breast cancer detection by requiring mammography facilities to provide patients with information about dense breast tissue.  Mammography facilities will be required to inform patients that, because dense breast tissue can hide abnormalities that would otherwise be identified in mammograms, women with dense breasts may benefit from additional screening to accurately detect breast cancer.
“This law is a common-sense measure with the potential to save lives by giving women more information and greater opportunities to identify breast cancer in the early stages of the disease,” Gov. Nixon said.  “I want to thank the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Dan Brown and Rep. Sue Allen, as well as Sen. Ron Richard, Patty Richard and Kathy Brown for their efforts to raise awareness about this issue and get this bill to my desk.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, women who have a high percentage of dense breast tissue are a greater risk of developing breast cancer.  In addition, abnormalities in dense breasts are more difficult to detect on a mammogram. Senate Bill 639 will require mammography facilities to provide notice to patients that if the mammogram demonstrates they have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and the patient has other identified risk factors for breast cancer, the patient might benefit from supplemental screening tests.  
“After watching a close friend battle breast cancer, it was clear to me that women weren’t getting enough information about the risks of dense breast tissue,” Patty Richard said. “The concept of this legislation is simple: make sure women get the information they need to give them a better chance of detecting and beating this devastating disease.”
“As a breast cancer survivor whose cancer was not detected by a mammogram, I want to make sure all women get the information they need about the risks of dense breast tissue,” Kathy Brown said. “On behalf of the thousands of women battling this terrible disease, I want to thank my husband and his colleagues in the legislature for getting this bill across the finish line, and the Governor for signing it into law today.”