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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, January 2, 2012

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Last provision of Mo. law aimed at curbing auto extended service contract industry takes effect

Republican Senator Scott Rupp sponsored the legislation after he says he received lots of complaints about the businesses in his suburban St. Louis district. 

The last portion of the law to take effect requires the extended contract service providers, and their employees, to apply for a license with the Missouri Department of Insurance.

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Ill. legislature
8:40 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Ill. Gov. could sign off on gambling plan, on his terms

Ill Gov. Pat Quinn says he could sign off on a gambling plan, on his terms.
St. Louis Public Radio

One person put a stop to more gambling in Illinois this year.  Gov. Pat Quinn refused to go along with a package that would have added casinos, expanded existing sites and put slot machines at horse tracks.  

Illinois seemed on track for the biggest gaming expansion since riverboat casinos went in the water 20 years ago.  The General Assembly approved it.  But Governor Quinn blocked the attempt.  Quinn wanted less gambling in what was a huge package. 

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 26, 2011

Illinois-based Mead Johnson says another batch of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn Infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a Mo. baby.
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Tests on infant formula find no trace of deadly bacteria

Illinois-based Mead Johnson says another batch of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a Missouri baby.

Preliminary hospital tests indicated 10-day-old Avery Cornett died Dec. 18 of a rare infection caused by bacteria known as Cronobacter sakazakii. The source of the bacteria hasn't been determined, but it can be found in powdered formula. Avery had consumed Enfamil Newborn formula.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 19, 2011

Old Mclean County (Illinois) Court House (1900 - 1976) Bloomington
Flickr/Todd Ryburn

Illinois is a "plaintiff's paradise"

The American Tort Association ranks Madison, St. Clair and McClean Counties in Ill. among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation. Cook County is on the watch list.

The Association is made up of businesses concerned that judges and juries in those counties are more likely to side with plaintiffs. Class action lawsuits often result in huge payouts.

Travis Akin is with the Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch and says being on the list is a harmful distinction.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday, December 13, 2011 over whether public defender offices can turn away cases.
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Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments in public defender case

A case that could decide how Missouri public defenders deal with case overload will be heard by the state's Supreme Court today. In July 2010 the public defender office in Christian County announced it had reached its case threshold and could take no more cases. The next month a judge assigned an indigent defendant to that office anyway and the public defender system filed suit.

St. Louis University law professor Susan McGraugh says the high court's decision could have a big impact.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Number of E. coli cases in St. Louis grows

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there are now 30 confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area, and officials continue looking for the source. Health officials have tested 55 food samples connected to the St. Louis outbreak, but zero have been confirmed to have E. coli.

The first cases were reported late last month in St. Louis city and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois.

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Education / No Child Left Behind Act / Illinois
3:44 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Ill. might seek waiver to No Child Left Behind Act

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report.

Illinois might seek a waiver that would provide relief to schools struggling to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The federal law was designed to improve achievement and raise test scores. Schools that failed to keep pace with the standards would be penalized. But as the requirements become more rigorous each year, more schools are struggling to hit the mark.

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Morning News Round-up
9:49 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, August 12, 2011

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Commission charged with redrawing Mo. House districts meets in Jefferson City

A special commission redrawing Missouri's 163 House districts is meeting in Jefferson City with just days to finish its work on a new map. The 18-member bipartisan panel scheduled a working session Friday to draw new boundaries for state House districts to reflect population changes revealed by the latest census. The commission

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World Record Attempt
1:53 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Lincoln fans go for record by reciting speech

(via Jenna Dooley, WUIS)

Winter hats mingled with stovepipe hats at the center of a nationwide effort to honor Abraham Lincoln and set a world record.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Springfield to recite the speech Lincoln gave when he left for the White House. At the same time, people across the country read the speech in hope of setting a new mark for the most people to read a document aloud simultaneously.

Lincoln delivered his heartfelt goodbye exactly 150 years ago.

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Developing: Egypt
11:08 am
Fri February 11, 2011

NPR Coverage of Developments in Egypt

(via NPR.org)

For the latest developments in Egypt, here is NPR's coverage.

NPR's "The Two Way" also has a live blog of the coverage, which you can see here.

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