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Gov. Nixon to call special legislative session to provide critical funding for ongoing Ferguson-related security measures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon tonight announced he will call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to provide critical funding for the ongoing operations of the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Ferguson and the St. Louis region. The Governor said that with the ramped up presence and role of the Guard and Highway Patrol in the region, financial obligations are on track to exceed the current appropriation authority for emergency duties.

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Gov. Nixon outlines state and federal assistance programs for impacted businesses in Ferguson and surrounding areas

• Approximately $625,000 in zero-interest loan funding is available to affected businesses through public-private partnership
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today outlined several state and federal programs to provide assistance to impacted businesses in Ferguson and the surrounding areas. Financial assistance, insurance guidance, and mental health resources are among the number of initiatives put in place by the Governor’s administration to assist communities impacted by unrest in the region.

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MRDC to host Regional Business and Export Workshop Dec. 4 in St. James

What are your business goals for 2015? Whether looking for ways to finance the expansion of an existing business, find new customers or open a new business, the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) is hosting a free workshop for area businesses, industries, entrepreneurs, economic developers and lenders wanting to know more about exporting and financing options to grow business.

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Donations sought to help decorate veterans cemetery

    Art Compton has been a figurehead for the local Wreaths Across America program for six years. He’s at it again this holiday season, looking to raise local cash donations so that a Christmas wreath may be placed upon every grave marker at the St. James Veterans Home cemetery.


Coordinated mental health efforts continuing in St. Louis area; multi-agency Resilience Coalition has worked since August to help provide support to community

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Resilience Coalition, a group of public and private sector mental health care advocates in the St. Louis area, is continuing to provide mental health support and services to children, families and residents of Ferguson and the surrounding areas. Gov. Jay Nixon said mental health professionals from Coalition members are in place, and additional mental health professionals are on standby to provide support to individuals who have experienced trauma or may need emotional help.

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