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Newscast: Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014, 8:04 a.m.

House Speaker Shap Smith says he supports raising taxes on cigarettes as a way to fill a gap in the state budget.  A state lawmaker is leaving the legislature to become a paid advocate pushing for the implementation of the state's universal health care plan. The lead developer for a wood-fired power plant in Springfield says they won't try to appeal a state board's decision to deny a permit.