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Illinois
9:49 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Court rules Ill. public works plan is legal

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a law that created a $31 billion statewide construction program.

It unanimously rejected arguments that lawmakers improperly mixed together different issues in a single piece of legislation.

The court on Monday said all parts of the law had "a natural and logical connection" to the public works program.

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Joplin Tornado
12:03 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Joplin Home Depot building design under scrutiny

Aerial footage taken two days after an EF-5 tornado pummeled Joplin, Mo. shows the destruction to the city's Home Depot. Questions are now being raised about the building's construction, and how it may have contributed to deaths.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Engineers who studied the Joplin Home Depot where at least seven people died say the store's construction method might have led to some of the deaths.

The Kansas City Star reports that the "tilt-up wall" method used at the Joplin store met city codes, but didn't offer much protection when an EF-5 tornado roared through the community.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011

Next month, SSM Health Care will no longer hire smokers.
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SSM Health Care will not Hire Smokers Starting in July

A St. Louis-based health care organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example, so smokers need not apply.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July.

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compton bridge
10:03 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Compton Bridge to reopen tomorrow

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A map of the location of the Compton Bridge. Click around in the map to explore.

The Compton Bridge in midtown St. Louis is set to reopen to traffic tomorrow.

Compton will be the primary detour during the 14-month reconstruction of the Grand Boulevard Bridge.

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illinois
5:08 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Ill. court throws out liquor taxes, video gambling

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, pictured here at his inauguration ceremonies earlier this month. Today, an Illinois appellate court has thrown out legislation that was supposed to fund Quinn's $31 billion state construction plan. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio also used in this report.

An Illinois appellate court has thrown out legalized video gambling and higher taxes on liquor and candy that were supposed to fund a $31 billion state construction plan.

The court ruled the 2009 law violated the state Constitution's prohibition on bills that deal with more than one subject.

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