St. Louis, MO – Federal lawsuits accuse two St. Louis hospitals of wrongfully billing Medicare for surgeries involving once-experimental cardiac devices.
The Justice Department lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis name Saint Louis University Hospital and Barnes-Jewish HospitaThey're accused of falsely billing Medicare for certain cardiac procedures from mid-1986 through late 1995.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's budget shortfall is now more than a hundred million dollars.
Governor Bob Holden's budget chief says that amount could triple in the next eight months, meaning more spending cuts are likely.
That forecast was issued as Holden announced a series of public meetings around the state to talk about the budget and possible cuts. The governor will also discuss eliminating what he calls business tax loopholes.
Springfield, IL – A Chicago newspaper reports that at least four of Illinois Governor George Ryan's children have received immunity and testified before a federal grand jury investigating corruption under their father.
The Chicago Sun-Times says the four Ryan daughters have testified as investigators look into money they allegedly received for political work they performed.
Ryan has six children, ranging in age from 38 to 45. Neither the children nor their father has been charged with any wrongdoing.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says things are looking up for downtown.
The Cardinals last week agreed to a plan calling for a privately built stadium. And Wednesday Slay announced the Old Post Office Square District will get a much-needed facelift.
A state finance board Tuesday approved nearly $14 million in tax credits for the Old Post Office project. Slay says plans to restore the Old Post Office include a Webster University satellite campus and new Missouri Court of Appeals offices.
Springfield, IL – Illinois House Republicans picked representative Tom Cross as their new leader last night. Cross replaces Lee Daniels', who stepped down from the post.
Cross is preaching a message of change for the Republicans who lost seats to House Democrats in Illinois in this month's election. For one, Cross says he's giving rank-and-file members more authority in selecting members of their leadership team.