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State and Regional News

Five questions to appear before voters statewide on August ballot

Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that five questions will appear before voters statewide at the primary election on August 5, 2014. The measures, all constitutional amendments referred to the ballot by the General Assembly, will take effect if a majority of voters approve.

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Flags at half-staff for fallen Hillsboro soldier

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on June 16 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Specialist Matthew H. Walker. Specialist Walker, age 20, of Hillsboro, was a soldier in the United States Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on June 5 while serving his country in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
In addition, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Jefferson County be flown at half-staff from June 17 to June 22.

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Veteran now working as TRP intern

    Tom Korth has joined the Three Rivers Publishing staff as an intern for the summer. Stories under his byline began appearing in this week’s Cuba Free Press, Saint James Press and Steelville Star-Crawford Mirror.

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Gov. Nixon vetoes special interest breaks rushed through in the final hours of the legislative session

• Fiscally irresponsible carve-outs were not accounted for in the budget passed by the General Assembly or in the budgets of local jurisdictions they would impact
 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation containing more than a dozen special breaks and exemptions passed in the final hours of the legislative session.  These special interest carve-outs would reduce state and local revenues by up to $776 million annually and were not accounted for in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget passed by the legislature or in the budgets of the local jurisdictions they would impact.  In a letter addressed to members of the General Assembly, the Governor faulted the legislature for ignoring the legislative process and adding new loopholes to the tax code that will shift a greater tax burden to the majority of taxpayers.

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State Treasurer Clint Zweifel returns $2 million in unclaimed property to 14 account owners

• Still 74 accounts with $100,000 or more waiting to be claimed
 
JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel today announced that he has returned more than $2 million in Unclaimed Property to 14 large accounts since mid-February of this year. Each of the 14 returns was worth more than $100,000 and went to individuals, businesses and other organizations. Treasurer Zweifel currently holds $810 million in Unclaimed Property belonging to 4.7 million account owners, including 74 accounts with more than $100,000. Since taking office in January 2009, Treasurer Zweifel has returned more than $197 million to more than 675,000 accounts.

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