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8:54 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Quinn Signs 'Puppy Lemon Law'

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to protect consumers who buy a dog or cat and then learn the animal is seriously ill.

The Chicago Democrat signed the so-called "puppy lemon law" Saturday morning at a popular Chicago dog park called Wiggly Field.

The measure allows buyers to get a full refund or replacement if they buy a pet from a store and it dies within 21 days. Pet owners also could be reimbursed for the cost of veterinary care if they keep the animal.

It also requires pet stores to report any outbreak of diseases to the state.

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Patriot Coal
8:21 am
Sat August 17, 2013

UMWA Workers At Patriot Operations Ratify Pact

Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 29. They protested a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

 Members of the United Mine Workers of America have voted to ratify a settlement with bankrupt Patriot Coal.

The union said in a statement Friday night that current or laid-off Patriot workers in West Virginia and Kentucky voted 85 percent to 15 percent in favor of the agreement reached late last week.

Some 1,800 members from 13 locals were voting.

Patriot said it wants the company to survive, and union President Cecil Roberts had said the deal may let that happen.

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Other News
9:32 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Missouri Rodeo Apologizes For Incident Involving Clown In Obama Mask

Credit (Courtesy of the Missouri State Fair)

Updated at 5:31 p.m. with additional comments from Al Watkins, attorney for Mo. Rodeo Cowboy Assoc. Pres. Mark Ficken.

Updated at 3:20 p.m. with comments from Gov. Jay Nixon. Jacob McCleland contributed reporting from Cape Girardeau.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. with actions taken against the rodeo clown.

The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of President Barack Obama has been widely criticized as disrespectful.

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Politics
9:59 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kinder: Right To Work Likely To Go To Mo. Ballot

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.

Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.

The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.

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Politics
11:34 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Quinn: Case Over Lawmaker Pay Could Be 'Landmark'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a "landmark" case.

Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.

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Crime
7:56 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Quinn Signs Bills To Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

(via Flickr/neil conway)

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation he says will help ex-offenders stay out of prison and get jobs so they can become productive members of society.

The Chicago Democrat says the measures also will give judges and prosecutors more options for sentencing non-violent criminals.

Quinn signed the bills Saturday at a church on Chicago's South Side.  

One measure increases a tax credit for employers who hire qualified ex-offenders to $1,500 per employee. It previously was capped at $600.

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Arch Redevelopment
3:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arch Grounds Redevelopment Begins With Official Groundbreaking

Dignitaries break ground Aug. 2 on the ‘Park over the Highway’ project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revamp the Arch grounds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

National and state leaders broke ground Friday on the first phase of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds.

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx—were present at the ceremony. The first project is a park to be built over Interstate 70 to improve accessibility between downtown and the Arch grounds. Senator Claire McCaskill praised local officials for getting to this point.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

McCaskill To Officials On POW/MIA Reforms: 'Get It Frickin' Done'

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.

Defense officials say the Pentagon's inspector general will investigate allegations of waste and misuse taxpayer funds by a military-led unit that's responsible for accounting for POWs and MIAs.

The investigation comes in response to an internal Pentagon report that said the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command's search for remains on old battlefields is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from dysfunction to total failure.

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Medical Marijuana
3:04 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana

A marijuana plant.
(via Flickr/Roomic Cube)

Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.

Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.

Quinn says he's heard compelling stories from seriously ill patients - including veterans - and says medical marijuana will provide many people relief.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Simon Announces Bid For Illinois Comptroller

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she will run for state comptroller next year.
Credit (From the Lt. Governor, State of Illinois, website)

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon officially announced Wednesday that she's running for Illinois comptroller, ending five months of uncertainty about which statewide office she'll seek in 2014.

The Carbondale Democrat made her announcement Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago. Simon announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term with Gov. Pat Quinn.

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