Road salt provides incentive for Illinois spending agreement

  ( KTRS ) The increasing needs of a government without a budget has at least temporarily cut into Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s resolve to stand firm against spending any state money without a spending agreement. The governor compromised last week, allowing Democrats who control the House to approve spending authority for about $3 billion. Most…

Koster, GOP Missouri gubernatorial hopefuls talk agriculture

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) – Democrat Chris Koster is touting experience as attorney general as he seeks to distinguish himself from four Republicans running for Missouri governor. The Missouri Farm Bureau gubernatorial forum Sunday in Osage Beach was the first time Koster spoke at a question-and-answer session alongside Republicans. Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former…

Blues lose Ott

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Forward Steve Ott of the St. Louis Blues will be sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury.

The forward was hurt in the first period of a loss to Toronto on Saturday. The team said on its website that Ott would undergo surgery on both hamstrings next week.