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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:49 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Bond bids Senate farewell

St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis –

"There's nothing like being eulogized while you're still breathing," Sen. Kit Bond said Tuesday as he stepped to a podium in the U.S. Senate to say farewell to the chamber where he has served for 24 years.

On the best way to solve the nation's problems:

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:38 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

ST. LOUIS –

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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Bond farewell
3:42 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Bond bids Senate farewell

St. Louis Public Radio photo

"There's nothing like being eulogized while you're still breathing," Sen. Kit Bond said Tuesday as he stepped to a podium in the U.S.

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Missouri Rx
3:14 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:24 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon seeks reauthorization of Missouri Rx

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

ST. LOUIS – Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri's General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, a program providing prescription drug assistance to needy senior citizens and those
with disabilities.

Nixon was in St. Louis on Tuesday, where he called on lawmakers
to approve the program for another five years. The program expires
on Aug. 28 unless lawmakers reauthorize it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Illinois' score on disaster preparedness? 6 out of 10.

North Dakota National Guardsmen work together with volunteers in sandbag lines to to hold back the rising Red River March 16, 2010 in Fargo, N.D. Illinois scored a 6 out of 10 criteria in a report on preparedness for disasters, such as floods.
(Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

ST. LOUIS –

Asking "what if?" is usually pretty benign, but when a new report asks the same question, the answers are about preparedness for disasters, diseases and bioterrorism.

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Death of Springfield, Ill. Mayor
10:59 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Springfield, Ill. mayor found shot dead in home, investigation underway

Springfield, Ill. mayor Tim Davlin speaking at the Capital City Bicentennial Celebration in 2009. Davlin was found shot to death in his home today.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aka Kath)

UPDATED 2:54 p.m. Dec. 15:

According to a news release from the Sangamon county Coroner's Office Davlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:

In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.

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Disaster Preparedness
10:47 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Illinois' score on disaster preparedness? 6 out of 10.

North Dakota National Guardsmen work together with volunteers in sandbag lines to to hold back the rising Red River March 16, 2010 in Fargo, N.D. Illinois scored a 6 out of 10 criteria in a report on preparedness for disasters, such as floods.
(Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Asking "what if?" is usually pretty benign, but when a new report asks the same question, the answers are about preparedness for disasters, diseases and bioterrorism.

Illinois scores a 6 out of 10 on the Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report.  The score is unchanged from last year's study.

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Health Care Law
9:54 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Mo. politicians react to ruling on federal health care law

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, accused by the Missouri GOP of ducking the issue of healthcare.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aflcio)

Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis

Wikimedia Commons User Carlb)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. –

Two men pleaded guilty to federal charges today in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:

These two men were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...

- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and

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