Missouri News

The latest news from every corner of the state, including policy emerging from Missouri's capitol. 

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The Missouri General Assembly and the Missouri Veterans Commission honored Vietnam vets across the state of Missouri in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.

The ceremony commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and invited veterans who served between 1955 and 1975.

Representative Allen Andrews led efforts to organize the ceremony and said that the state legislature has not forgotten about Vietnam vets.

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The Missouri House gave initial approval on Wednesday to a Campus Free Expression Act that could curtail faculty free speech.

Most of the provisions in the bill deal with ensuring college campuses don’t limit students’ free speech. But the bill says university faculty should be “cautious in expressing personal views in the classroom.”

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The Missouri House gave initial approval on Tuesday to send some Clean Missouri provisions back to voters.

In November, 62% of voters approved the measure, which took the redrawing of voter districts out of legislator’s hands and shifted the responsibility to a non-partisan demographer. The House wants to roll that provision back, and give lawmakers the power again to weigh in on district drawing.

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Updated -- Thursday, Apr. 18 at 4:11 p.m.

After receiving initial approval in the Senate earlier this month, a house bill - which would prohibit any institution of higher education from banning concealed carry of weapons on campus - has been a topic for debate. However, it wasn’t until Thursday when lawmakers began debating another section surrounding student health fees.

 

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The Missouri Senate heard a bill Wednesday morning that would create a pilot program to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their caretakers.

House Bill 466 would initiate a pilot program that would allow Alzheimer’s patients who qualify for Medicaid to receive money for their family caregivers, and would pay caregivers up to 60% of the daily rate of care at a facility or nursing home.

David Wood, the bill’s sponsor, explained to the committee how the pilot program would work and who would be eligible.

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