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McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary
For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.
Reporting from WBEZ's Alex Keefe used in this report.
Lotto officials say Illinois is set to become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets over the Internet. Online ticket sales launch Sunday morning.
Lotto officials are betting online ticket sales could haul in up to $118 million per year in new revenue. Lottery superintendent Michael Jones is hoping to lure hundreds of thousands of new players to a highly secure website.
The governor's office says closing Tamms prison would save the state nearly $22 million next year. Quinn says it costs more than 64,000 per year to lock up a prisoner there - about three times the statewide average.
"When a citizen sees somebody in a car that seems the driving erratically or seems to be impaired, we encourage them to dial 911 and call in the car to police," said Rita Kreslin is the organization's deputy director.
Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula
Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri's school funding formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.
Because of tight budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.