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KCUR Morning News 3-27-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – The Missouri House has passed the state budget. The nearly 23-billion-dollar spending plan was completed without the 145-million-dollar health care expansion sought by Governor Jay Nixon.

Kansas House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a state budget designed to ensure that Kansas can claim federal stimulus funds for education.

The Kansas House has changed course after years of opposition and approved an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Members of the Kansas Congressional delegation have written the president to push for more funding for the National Bio- and Agro Defense Facility in Manhattan.

The "city of fountains" becomes a city of dry fountains under the budget passed by the city council yesterday.

An ordinance allowing MAST employees who live outside the city limits to continue to live outside Kansas City did not advance.

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