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1 hr ago | Springfield News-Leader
<![CDATA[FULTON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was preparing to outline a plan Monday for a new mental health hospital that would replace the state's maximum and intermediate security psychiatric facility. The Fulton State Hospital admitted its first patients in 1851, and Nixon said this summer it needs to be improved for the safety of staff and the health of its patients, who include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment. The hospital also is the statewide treatment facility for people who have been found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease. Nixon scheduled an announcement Monday afternoon during a visit to the Fulton State Hospital. Missouri's budget that took effect in July includes $13 million to design a new hospital. Nixon initially froze the money while citing fears the Republican-led Legislature would override his veto of an income tax cut. After the veto override attempt fell short, the governor released $2 million. The hospital is about 30 miles northeast of the state Capitol and has more than three dozen buildings -- including some that now are vacant. Among those housing patients is the maximum security Biggs Forensic Center, the intermediate security Guhleman Forensic Center and the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services. Mental health officials previously have proposed demolishing Biggs, an aged dietary building and some empty structures and constructing a new 300-bed high-security facility to house patients from Biggs and Guhleman. That also would free beds needed for the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services. It was estimated to cost $211 million. The oldest portion of Biggs was constructed in 1937. Patient wards include a room with tables with a long hallway extending back and leading to the patient rooms and to the bathroom. Officials cite point to poor sightlines and hallways narrows while echoes and an environment with significant stimulation can contribute to patients becoming agitated.
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As many states changed their laws to allow both medical and recreational marijuana use, Missouri inmate Jeff Mizanskey is hoping a clemency request to Gov. Jay Nixon will lessen his life sentence for marijuana possession.
Snow and Frigid Temperatures Blanket St. Louis Area With First Major Storm ST. LOUIS, MO, , December 5, 2013 - With snow accumulation forecast for 3 - 6 inches, the St. Louis area seems to have dodged the major ice storm that is unfolding across portions of the southern Plains this week.
Missouri's low-income housing commission has delayed the approval of millions of dollars of tax credits -- apparently as an outgrowth of the negotiations over incentives for Boeing Co.
"Washington will change the way you think. It will kind of mess you up. That's why I travel back and forth from Kansas to D.C. every week."
The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri are being flown at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7 as ordered by Gov. Jay Nixon, to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
The overturned conviction of a man who spent eight years in a Missouri prison for the death of a newspaper sports editor has given hope to supporters of a woman who has spent the last 27 years behind bars for the death of her husband.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 4 -- Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., issued the following news release: Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointment of Christine A. Bertelson, of Webster Groves, to serve on the 21st Circuit Judicial Commission.
With Boeing the king of U.S. aircraft manufacturing, more than a dozen states are groveling before the throne for a share of the riches to be made from the next-generation 777 jetliner.
Jacinda Sheppard was sworn in Monday as Douglas County Recorder of Deeds. Sheppard was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon to replace Tina Boyd, who resigned.
State government experienced an unusual turf war this past week that blew up a planned meeting between legislators and the governor on fundamental changes to Medicaid.
ST. LOUIS Snow continues to fall in the southern parts of the News 4 viewing area, and officials believe up to 10 inches of snow is possible in some regions by Friday evening.
People from Texas to New York were bundling up on Thursday against a winter storm that closed schools and businesses, blanketed roads and power lines with ice and threatened to disrupt road travel across a wide swath of the United States.
A special session of the Missouri legislature will get underway this evening with the hopes of bringing thousands of new jobs to the state.
Perhaps more importantly, the $13.8 million deal may help South Carolina win assembly work for Boeing's next big jet.