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Nixon Says Missouri Schools Should Get “Oomph” From Lottery Sales
July 25, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants business experts to explain the state lottery’s books.
In Kansas. City Thursday, Nixon shed some more light on his call for the state lottery tone examined.
The Governor says since ticket sales are going up, then the state’s school budget shoUld be getting more money.
“Now ( lottery sales) it’s 1-point-1 billio, over 1.1 billion in income and still only transferring under $300 million. We want to look at that from a business perspective. That’s why the folks to lok at this. We’ve got to get more oomph out of that,” Nixon said.
The lottery’s chief operating officer, Gary Gonder, told the Associated Press in an e- mail, the kinds of games the public plays makes a big difference.
Gonder says most Missouri play scratch-off lottery games. he says those games have a higher percentage pay-out in prizes. Gonder told the AP that results in less money going to education even though sales are growing

Jay Nixon Makes the WSJ’s POTUS ” Would Be Candidates” List
July 24, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has made the Wall Street Journals “Would be Candidates” list.
The Journal has been offering up little profiles of politicians who may not run for.president, but would not mind being mentioned.
Nixon is on the list right now in the Journal’s Washington Wire blog with former candidate, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman.
Nixon also has just returned from a quick trip to Iowa.
He insisted the trip, with virtually no coverage, was to look at Iowa’s ethanol plants, not his political prospects.
Nixon has endorsed fellow Democrat Hilliary Clinton. Earlier this year, however, he spoke about the need to have the Midwest included in the national discussion.
“I do think the heartland deserves a voice, whatever party it is, whatever policy it is, in a national election,” he said. “I want to make sure the center part of this country has a clear voice,” Nixon said at the time.
The quote is mentioned in the short Journal report.
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Nixon Asks for Probe Unto Lottery Money
July 23, 2014

(AP) – A Kansas City City Council committee has endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits.

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Sly James has pushed for the ban, noting that the tourist town of Lake Ozark also has voted for a similar prohibition, even by those with concealed carry permits.

The council’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday endorsed the ban, which will go before the full City Council on July 31.

The future of the measure is uncertain because of a bill approved this year by Missouri’s General Assembly that would void any local ordinance prohibiting open carry for anyone with a concealed carry permit.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but the Legislature is likely to attempt an override in September.

Nixon to Iowa, for Ethanol
July 23, 2014

(AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Iowa to get a personal look at the latest methods in ethanol production.

Nixon took the state plane Tuesday to tour a cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was accompanied by the Missouri agriculture and economic development directors.

The plant is a joint venture of Poet and Royal DSM and will use corncobs, leaves, husks and stalks to produce ethanol.

Poet also operates ethanol plants in Laddonia and Macon, Missouri, and is looking to expand its cellulosic ethanol production.

Iowa is often a destination for aspiring presidential candidates because of its early caucuses. But Nixon’s office says there were no politics involved in the trip.

Spokesman Scott Holste said the ethanol plant was the only item on Nixon’s schedule in Iowa.

State Boards Tell KC Schools to Wait for Accreditation
July 22, 2014

The Kansas City school system did not get its wish today.
The Missouri Board of Educations did not grant the district provisional accreditation.
The Kansas City district asked the Missouri Board to immediately grant them provisional accreditation. The district says its made improvements in its academic performance.
The state board, however, doesn’t see it that way.
“There is not sufficient data available yet for KCPS to verify that they have earned provisional accreditation,” according to a statement from DESE Tuesday afternoon.
The latest round of state test scores should be available in late August.
The unaccredited district expected to get its provisional accreditation restored at that time.
Kansas City thought it had improved enough in 2013 to regain accreditation.
Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicasto said the state was looking for a sustained trend of improvement , rather than just a good score on one round of tests.
The district says it has been make steady improvement now for three years.
Superintendent Steven Green says the district wanted to get the accreditation settled before the school year started.
He said that would prevent students who can transfer out of the district because of the lack of accreditation, having g to rejoin the school ( or provisional accreditation) is restored.


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