1:38 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Rep. Swan Seeks to Bring Back Film Tax Credit

"Gone Girl" was filmed in Cape Girardeau and took advantage of the state's film tax credit.
Credit 20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox

State Representative Kathy Swan has reintroduced a bill in the Missouri House that would bring the film tax credit back to Missouri. The credit will benefit large production companies that film in Missouri as well as documentary filmmakers.

Swan said that Cape Girardeau benefited significantly from having 20th Century Fox here for the filming of “Gone Girl.” The film tax credit that they took advantage of is no longer in effect and had sunset as of November 2013.

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2:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Senate Bill Would Help Fund Missouri's 911 Services

Senate Bill 409 would enhance Missouri's 911 services
Credit Flickr[appleswitch] / KRCU

Senate Bill 409, also known as the 911 bill, was passed out of committee in the Missouri Senate on March 17. The bill would allow cities and counties to enact a voter approved tax to help provide funds to support 911 services in their area and across the state of Missouri.

Wayne Wallingford is the Senator for Missouri’s 27the District. He is the sponsor of the bill. He believes the bill is important for Missouri.

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12:59 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Koster embraces increase in tobacco tax to pay for college scholarships

Chris Koster

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 2:15 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is calling for a sharp increase in the state’s tobacco tax — now the nation’s lowest — to pay for a scholarship program to lower tuition at the state’s colleges and universities.

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8:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Nixon names temporary auditor; state GOP chairman seeks to quell party unrest

Gov. Jay Nixon
Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 9:48 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named longtime aide John Watson as the state’s interim state auditor, until the governor can appoint a permanent replacement to state Auditor Tom Schweich, who committed suicide on Thursday.

Nixon said in a statement Friday that he was putting Watson temporarily in charge of the auditor’s office in order to comply with the state constitution’s requirement that the governor “immediately appoint’’ a replacement should the auditor’s post become vacant.  

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Tom Schweich
6:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Nixon will soon have to pick Schweich's successor

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:53 pm

Within minutes of the news of Auditor Tom Schweich's death, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered all flags on Missouri property lowered to half-staff.

But the governor will soon have a much bigger decision to make: who to appoint as Schweich's successor.

Missouri law seems to suggest that a decision must be made rapidly:

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