Springfield, Ill – Illinois governor rod Blagojevich says he may veto legislation that is designed to bring more money to the state's hospitals.
The legislation increases taxes on hospitals, with that money generating more federal matching money.
In the end, hospitals would get more money than they pay in taxes. However, the governor says some of the money would go to nursing homes and adds he does not like the fact that about $70 million is not earmarked for any program.
St. Louis, MO – The eight-mile project has been sought by transportation planners for close to 35 years, saying that it will relieve stifling traffic congestion on bridges between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the new roadway will have an immediate impact:
St. Louis, MO – To the sound of a fife and drum corps, a crew of several dozen men docked three replica boats near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in Hartford, Illinois where Lewis and Clark landed on this day in 1804.
One of the re-enactors is Greg Carter, who plays Louisiana Territory Governor Amos Stoddard:
St. Louis, MO – From salt mines to highway maintenance sheds, workers are ready to help motorists get around as Missouri faces the chance of more snow. The salt industry says a good supply is available for governments and private businesses. Department of Transportation workers spent the day getting the plows and salt-spreaders ready to roll. The National Weather Service predicts two to four inches of snow in the St. Louis area by Saturday night.
Springfield, Ill – Philip Morris USA appealed Wednesday a $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The company is vowing to defeat the ruling that blames it for tricking Illinois smokers into believing light cigarettes are less harmful than regular ones.
The 87-page brief mailed to the Springfield court dissects the March verdict by Madison County Judge Nicholas Byron that found the company violated the state's consumer fraud law in the way it marketed its Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights brands.