Missouri insurance officials have postponed a vote to draw down $13 million from Washington that would be used to help set up a health insurance exchange. The exchange is required by the new federal health care law.
On Thursday, Nixon asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 101 Missouri counties (full list of counties below) as primary disaster areas. That would allow eligible farmers to get emergency loans and other federal help.
Illinois' unemployment rate shot up almost half a percentage point in August to 9.9 percent. And state officials are blaming the continuing struggles of the national economy and weak consumer confidence.