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Stressing the importance of Missouri goods, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined specifics of his trip to Asia after finalizing trade agreements in Taiwan and South Korea. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor addressed reporters during a conference call Thursday morning, detailing a series of contracts totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods over the next four years that are intended to boost the state’s agriculture, manufacturing and biotech sectors.

Nixon says his trip was another example of the importance of boosting the state’s economy.

New funding for higher education is among the proposals this year from Gov. Jay Nixon, who said during his State of the State address in January he’d like to dedicate $34 million to the state’s colleges and universities based on their performance.

For Missouri State University, that means an additional 4.3 percent in funding, or roughly $3.3 million, for achieving all five performance measures.

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon says it’s important to keep the state’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces on the front lines. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Governor’s proposed budget includes $3 million for these agencies to restore a decline in federal funding. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made himself available to reporters today to address questions on his proposed Medicaid expansion, a measure he’s been pushing since late last year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey spoke with the Governor by phone and has this report.

Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday reiterated his proposal for $34 million in additional funding for higher education during a stop in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

The Governor first made the announcement for the performance-based model during last week’s State of the State Address.

Wednesday morning, he congratulated MSU for achieving all five of its performance criteria, which makes the school eligible for an additional $4.3 percent in funding, or $3.3 million.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon used his State of the State address Monday night to reiterate proposals made during recent stops across the state, including Medicaid expansion, but also endorsed a bond issuance, and made an ardent call for ethics reform.

More than $164 million of the Democratic Governor’s proposed budget for 2014 will need legislative approval, no guarantee with a Republican-controlled legislature, which holds a veto proof majority.

On the third stop of a three city tour Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid, indicating his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 will include federal funding that will provide health care for uninsured Missourians; an estimated 300,000 men, women and children. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was at the Springfield event and has this report.

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Political pundits couldn’t help but weigh in on Democrat Claire McCaskill’s 15 point victory Tuesday night over Republican challenger Todd Akin, a race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat that gained a tremendous amount of attention following Congressman Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

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