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School Bond Audit
10:22 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Audit Claims Mo. K-12 Schools Could Save Money By Changing Bond Bidding Process

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A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.

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Sports
11:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Stan Musial Online Auction Nets $1.2 Million

Stan Musial.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Hundreds of bidders, most presumably St. Louis Cardinals fans, now own a piece of Stan Musial memorabilia after an online auction of his possessions.

Officials with Heritage Auctions of Dallas said Monday that winning bids for the month-long auction totaled $1.2 million, far more than expected. The auction ended Saturday.

Items ranged from game-worn jerseys to World Series rings to Musial's legendary harmonicas.

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Medicaid
6:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Barnes Presents 'Cost Estimates' Of Potential Mo. Medicaid Expansion

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City)
Mo. House Communications

The chair of a Missouri House interim committee on Medicaid has offered the beginnings of a potential plan to overhaul the system.

It includes expanding Medicaid coverage to around 225,000 adults while eliminating or reducing coverage for children and blind adults eligible for federally subsidized insurance policies.  State Representative Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) says the potential changes could save the state around $42 million by the time they're fully implemented.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Governor Nixon Invites Lawmakers To Medicaid Discussion

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is proposing a Thanksgiving week meeting with Missouri lawmakers to discuss potential changes to the Medicaid health care system.

Nixon wants to meet Nov. 26 with members of House and Senate interim committees who have been studying potential Medicaid changes ahead of the 2014 session. The governor says he wants to talk about ways to "provide better outcomes for patients and better returns for taxpayers."

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Will be updated further.

Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:

The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports:

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Illinois Politics
1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shimkus Kicks Off Bid For 10th Term In Congress

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has kicked off his latest re-election campaign.

The nine-term Republican announced his bid Monday in Danville as he began a two-day tour around the 15th Congressional District.

The heavily Republican district includes 33 counties and runs from Hoopeston along the Indiana state line to Collinsville, where Shimkus is from.

Shimkus was first elected to Congress in 1996 and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Other News
12:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Dunham Site Gets $100K Grant For Repairs, But Utility Payment Looms

Leverne Backstrom, board president of the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities, stands in front of the Katherine Dunham Museum.
(Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio)

An East St. Louis museum dedicated to late choreographer and civil rights activist Katherine Dunham is getting a $100,000 state grant for fix-ups, but an unpaid utility bill could cast the site into darkness.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports administrators of the landmark need to pay St. Louis-based Ameren $486 by Thursday to keep the lights on. Dunham considered East St. Louis her adoptive home. She pioneered a dance technique combining Caribbean and African styles. She died in 2006 at age 96.

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Politics
8:33 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Missouri Announces More Grants To Child Care Centers

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Missouri has awarded an additional $4.2 million in grants to improve facilities at six child care centers around the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon is touting the funding through the Department of Economic Development as part of what he calls the "Missouri Start Smart" initiative to expand access to early childhood education.

The money will help expand three preschool facilities in the St. Louis area, one in the Macon area in northern Missouri, and one each in the Calhoun and Polo school districts in western Missouri:

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Politics
9:26 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton Dead At 81

Former Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Missouri)
Official Photo, U.S. House of Representatives

Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, a champion of the military who served 17 terms in the U.S. House before losing a re-election bid in 2010, has died. He was 81.

Skelton died Monday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by family and friends, including longtime colleague Russell Orban. 

The cause was not immediately released, but Orban says Skelton entered the hospital a week earlier with a cough. Orban confirmed Skelton's death to The Associated Press. 

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Discrimination Complaint
5:19 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Discrimination Complaint Filed By Former Mo. Labor Dept. Official

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency is alleging discrimination in her firing by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

Gracia Backer was replaced in March as director of the Division of Employment Security in Missouri's labor department. Her ouster came at the same time that Nixon appointed Labor Department Director Larry Rebman to a different job.

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