JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon began the year with ambitious priorities to start of his second term but ran into a wall of opposition from the Republican Legislature. Instead, lawmakers launched an investigation into Nixon's administration for allegedly infringing on people's privacy rights through new drivers' license procedures. But Nixon and Republican leaders did find common ground on replenishing an insolvent fund for injured workers.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have wrapped up their annual legislative session without approving proposals that would have boosted funding for transportation or paid for construction projects at colleges and state facilities. Lawmakers considered a $1.2 billion bonding package and a 1-cent state sales tax for transportation. Neither measure passed before the Legislature's mandatory adjournment Friday.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Southern State University has approved a budget for the next fiscal year that will require it to dip into reserves. The budget approved by the Joplin school's Board of Governors on Thursday includes expenses of $76.4 million, with expected revenues of $74 million.
MARSHALL, Mo. (AP) - The city of Marshall has its Sister of Liberty statue back where it belongs. The statue, which had been missing from its pedestal at Indian Foothills Park for more than a year, was returned to the park Friday. The statue was stolen in August 2012 and was found two months later in Blackwater River. It was damaged, and metalsmith Beno Messer of Slater had been working to restore it since then.
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