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Wagner Enters U.S. House Race
Former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner has announced her candidacy for a U.S. House race. Congressman Todd Akin announced Tuesday that he will forgo re-election for his suburban St. Louis seat to instead enter the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Hours later, Wagner announced that she will run for Akin's 2nd District seat.
Illinois lawmakers face some big decisions in the next two weeks, including how much to cut the budget and whether to overhaul workers' compensation.
The spring legislative session is supposed to end by May 31, but there are still three different budget plans on the table. They're roughly $2 billion apart on how much to spend.
Now lawmakers must decide whether to back one particular proposal or come up with a compromise.
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Republican Ann Wagner, who previously announced an exploratory committee for congress, made it official today.
Wagner will run in the Second Congressional District, making her announcement following Akin's official word earlier today.
Akin Expected to Announce Challenge to McCaskill Today
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin may soon be joining the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill next year. Akin is expected to announce his Senate candidacy today at a news conference in Creve Coeur.
A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in about two years.
The state Department of Economic Development says April's jobless rate was 8.9 percent, down two-tenths of a point from March. That's the state's lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.
Monday's monthly report also shows a net gain of 2,500 nonfarm jobs in Missouri last month. The agency says the biggest growth came in construction, manufacturing and retail trade.
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