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Gov. Nixon discusses priorities for agriculture and rural economic development at annual conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today discussed his priorities for agriculture and rural economic development in an address to the 45th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in Osage Beach. The annual conference brings together producers, agribusinesses and other stakeholders to discuss current issues and opportunities for the industry. Below is the text of the Governor’s prepared remarks:

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Gov. Nixon awards Medal of Valor to 10 law enforcement officers from across Missouri

• State’s highest public safety award honors officers who bravely risk their own lives to protect their fellow Missourians
JEFFERSON CITY – In a ceremony today at the State Capitol, Gov. Jay Nixon awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor to10 public safety officers from across the state for their courageous and exceptional efforts to save lives and protect the public in 2013. The officers represent Missouri police and sheriffs’ departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They responded to a variety of potentially deadly threats: rescuing people from burning vehicles, pulling a person from a sinking car and an elderly couple from swirling flood waters, and stopping deadly threats posed to others by armed criminals.

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Newly-appointed Education Commissioner calls for "tuition fix" for unaccredited school districts

JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Wednesday, Dec. 17, that Margaret Vandeven, currently the deputy commissioner for the Division of  Learning Services, will take over as education commissioner on Jan. 1.

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Gov. Nixon recognizes workforce development efforts of businesses, education and community leaders in St. Francois County to become CWRC-designated

PARK HILLS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today was joined by local business, education and community leaders at Mineral Area College to congratulate St. Francois County for being designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The CWRC designation recognizes successful efforts by community, education and business leaders, working with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, to strengthen workforce training and development to meet the economic development needs of communities.

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Patrol urges safety in the New Year

It’s time to welcome 2015! Many Missourians plan special gatherings to bring in the New Year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. A traffic crash would be an unfortunate way to begin 2015.

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