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Morning round-up
6:23 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, July 6, 2012

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St. Louis County police investigating credit card use of Valley Park mayor

St. Louis County police are investigating the alleged misuse of funds by the mayor of Valley Park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the investigation began last month, but officers went to City Hall this week with the list of documents they’ll need.

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Morning round-up
6:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that's been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.

Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there's a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.

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Illinois State Budget
10:22 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Quinn changes mind on closing transition centers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois officials say Gov. Pat Quinn has decided three state facilities helping former prison inmates transition into society will remain open, a reversal of plans to close them because of budget constraints.
 
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Stacey Solano said Monday the governor plans to keep the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center open. Kelly Kraft of Quinn's budget office also said the Peoria and Chicago's North Lawndale adult transition centers were also saved.

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Morning round-up
6:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, July 2, 2012

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Fireworks cancelations climb as heat lingers

The list of communities canceling their fireworks displays this year is growing longer.

St. Louis County announced today that it's postponing Tuesday's concert and fireworks at Jefferson Barracks County Park in South County because officials could not secure a permit from Lemay.

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Illinois State Budget
12:39 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a state budget that cuts millions of dollars in school funding and public safety spending.

In one key change to the spending blueprint adopted by the General Assembly in May, Quinn vetoed financing for prisons he wants to close.
 
He announced plans Saturday to try to redirect those funds to the state agency charged with caring for neglected and abused children.

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Morning Round-Up
7:08 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Nixon defends, clarifies comments on health insurance mandate

Elana Gordon contributed reporting from Kansas City, Mo.

With a decision on the federal health law nearing, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon further defended his position yesterday regarding a federal health insurance mandate. 

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Morning Round-Up
6:46 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Morning Headlines- Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Seniority, income determining factors in new Illinois insurance law

Governor Pat Quinn's office announced early this morning that he has signed a measure that will require retired state and public university employees to kick in more money for their health insurance. 

Retirees with at least 20 years of service currently get free health coverage. Those with less time on the job pay for a portion of the cost.

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Morning Round-up
7:53 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Morning Headlines - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Quinn will close two prisons, including Tamms

Rachel Otwell contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made it official on Tuesday - he will close two state prisons, including the state's supermax facility in Tamms.

Rep. Brandon Phelps, of Harrisburg, says he received a brief memo from Quinn, saying that Tamms and a prison in Dwight will close, as well as juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. That's despite legislators including money in the 2013 budget for the facilities.

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Illinois Pensions
3:45 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Illinois to hire first 'state actuary' to review retirement systems

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey.

Illinois' pensions systems should get more scrutiny under legislation Governor Pat Quinn signed this afternoon. Illinois will be hiring its first "state actuary."

Until now, Illinois' five state pensions systems have issued their own reports on their financial health.

In the future, an independent "state actuary" will look at the retirement funds for state and university workers, legislators, judges, and public school teachers in the suburbs and downstate.

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Illinois Firefighters/Police
8:29 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Ill. law ensures police, others can do roadside charity

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Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads - even if they wanted to.

Under a new Illinois law, public safety officials can't be denied permits to collect money for charities from drivers along roadsides. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Friday and it takes effect immediately.

The governor's office says Illinois is the sixth state to adopt such a law. The others are Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina.

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