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12:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

In Missouri, black drivers 72 percent more likely to be pulled over, report says

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Updated 12:34 p.m. with link to full report and information about 2010 data.

Black motorists are stopped by Missouri law officers at an increasingly disproportionate rate.

An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.

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redistricting
1:45 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Ready your votes: Mo. Supreme Court says redistricted congressional map to stand

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Updated 4:04 p.m. with Diehl's comments.

The Missouri Supreme Court has released its judgment on a challenge to the recent redistricting of the state's new Congressional districts. 

The Court has upheld the new districts, finally providing certainty for candidates in the August primary elections.

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Patrick Fitzgerald
2:36 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Departing US Atty. Fitzgerald says he's not 'wired' for elective office

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
(Official Department of Justice Photo/via Wikimedia Commons)

Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer used in this report.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says he will not run for elective office. That comes after the highly respected federal prosecutor announced yesterday that he'll step down at the end of June.

In a 35-minute press conference today the media-averse Fitzgerald talked to reporters about why he's stepping down.

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Unemployment Rate
12:27 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Unemployment drops in Illinois in April - except in the Metro East

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped during April in 11 of the state's 12 metro areas.

The department said Thursday the biggest decrease was in the Rockford area where unemployment decreased from 12.1 percent in April 2011 to 10.7 percent. The Kankakee-Bradley area wasn't far behind. The jobless rate there fell from 11.8 percent to 10.5 percent. Only the Metro East had an increase - a small jump from 8.3 to 8.4 percent.

Unemployment in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metro area decreased from 9.5 percent to 9 percent.

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LETHAL INJECTION IN MISSOURI
11:33 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri opts for untested drug for executions

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Updated at 5:50 a.m. Friday with additional reporting. Reporting from KRCU's Jacob McCleland was used in this story.

The anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson is now the drug for executions in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Corrections is switching from its longstanding three-drug method to a single drug, propofol, which has never been used in an execution in the U.S. That's causing a stir among critics lijke Death Penalty Information Center director Richard Dieter.

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Missouri Unemployment rate
12:22 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri gains 6,000 jobs in April

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Unemployment figures are out for the "Show-Me" state for April.

Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that:

Matt Melucci
11:27 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Longtime southwestern Illinois circuit clerk Melucci dies

Matt Melucci, a longtime circuit clerk in Illinois' Madison County, has died.
(Madison County Government website)

A longtime circuit clerk in southwestern Illinois has died.

Madison County officials say Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci was 69 when he died Thursday night of cancer at his Collinsville home.

Melucci served in the post for nearly 20 years and was planning to retire in November, having announced last September that he would not seek re-election this year.

Democratic Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida faces Republican John Barberis Jr. in the November election for circuit clerk's position.

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Mark Kirk
2:37 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Kirk gives first public message since stroke in video

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk in a video statement released May 8.
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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has issued his first public remarks since suffering a stroke.

In a video released Tuesday, Kirk says he can't wait to get back to work and is walking again. The 52-year-old senator suffered a major stroke in January and underwent emergency surgery. He entered a rehabilitation center in February and was discharged last week.

Here's that video statement:

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Election 2012
3:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon to endorse Clay in congressional primary

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) and William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) (R).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Per Clay spokesman Steven Engelhardt, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (D-St. Louis) in the 1st District congressional primary in St. Louis.

Clay faces Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis).

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Illinois Pension Plan
12:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Quinn: Delay retirement, charge employees more in proposed pension plan

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Will be updated.

Updated 2:07 p.m. with more information on downstate schools, cause of pension problem.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn wants to raise the retirement age for Illinois public employees and require them to contribute more money to their retirement funds.

Those are the key parts of what Quinn calls a "bold plan" to shore up state pension systems. They're now about $85 billion short of the money they'll eventually need.

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