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Illinois Politics
12:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Enyart Formally Announces He'd Like To Continue His 'Mission' In Southern Illinois

Rep. Bill Enyart.
(via Enyart's campaign)

Will be updated.

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart officially announced Tuesday that he's running for re-election.

The announcement is a formality as Enyart already shared  his intentions back in May.

Enyart, 64, made two stops Tuesday to share the news, one in his home-base of Belleville, Ill. and another in Carbondale, Ill.  

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Missouri Businesses
6:11 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Missouri Businesses Will Pay Higher Unemployment Taxes In 2014

(via Flickr / _J_D_R_)

Missouri businesses will have to shell out more money for unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down debt the state owes to the federal government.

Missouri began borrowing federal dollars in 2008 to pay for jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund.  Brendan Cossette with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that led to the feds levying a surcharge on Missouri businesses to repay the borrowed money.

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Health Care
1:08 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Missouri To Let Insurers Renew Canceled Health Policies

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been canceled under the terms of the new federal health care law.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn't meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:42 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

via Flickr/BluEyedA73

Will be updated.

Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage. 

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Wednesday in Chicago that makes the state the largest in the Midwest to legalize gay weddings. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011, but it was a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.

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Medicaid
6:48 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Pilot Program For Medicaid Proposed Before Interim Mo. House Committee

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation meets at the State Capitol on Nov. 19, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Another proposal for revamping Missouri's Medicaid system was heard Tuesday before a House interim committee examining ways to reform the system.

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Lethal Injection
4:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays

Joseph Paul Franklin.
(Missouri Department of Corrections)

Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:

Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. He was put to death after courts overturned Tuesday's stays of execution.

Yesterday, two federal judges issued stays of execution.

The judges took issue with how the state was getting its lethal injection drug from a secret source not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and questioned whether the inmate was mentally competent to be executed.

The state of Missouri, led by Attorney General Chris Koster, appealed quickly.

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Execution
4:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Missouri Gov. Denies Clemency For White Supremacist

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has refused to halt the execution of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime in Missouri a "cowardly and calculated shooting."

Nixon's office announced the decision Monday afternoon.

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Severe Weather
2:38 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Missouri, Illinois

Tim Eby St. Louis Public Radio

Will be updated

A fast moving storm system damaged buildings, uprooted trees and downed power lines across the St. Louis region on Sunday and left tens of thousands of Missourians without power.

Ameren Missouri was reporting more than 37,000 outages Sunday afternoon, mostly in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
12:56 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Governor Nixon Seeks Moratorium In Business 'Border War' With Kansas

Gov. Jay Nixon
(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for a moratorium with neighboring Kansas on efforts to lure companies across the border.

In a speech to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Nixon said economic incentives should be used to attract new businesses to the area rather than simply relocating ones already there. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has suggested a similar pact, though no formal agreement has been reached.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

McCaskill Says Insurance Cancellations Under Obamacare 'Inexcusable, Embarrassing'

Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
(WikepediaCommons)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said today that President Obama should’ve apologized to the millions of Americans whose health insurance was canceled because it failed to meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

“These problems are inexcusable, and it’s embarrassing,” McCaskill said. 

McCaskill’s comments follow remarks made yesterday by former President Bill Clinton, who said President Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the new insurance law. 

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