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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's most prolific political financier gave nearly $1.3 million to various political causes in the closing weeks of 2013.
 
Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to Teachgreat.org, $495,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.
 
Teachgreat.org is backing a potential ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for public school teachers and instead make their employment contingent on student achievement.
 
Grow Missouri is backing a potential ballot initiative that would cut Missouri's income tax rates.
 
Missourians for Excellence in Government is a political action committee that has funded candidates, most notably St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
 
Online records show Sinquefield gave more than $3.8 million in Missouri political contributions in 2013.

Health care overhaul becomes reality in Illinois

Thursday, 02 January 2014 13:44 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - The new year is bringing relief to some Illinoisans newly insured under the nation's health care law. Others still aren't sure whether they're covered.
 
The major benefits of the law took effect Wednesday. But problems with the federal website meant many people signed up at the last minute. Insurers haven't processed all the paperwork.
 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has been adding staff to keep up with calls. Worried patients without insurance cards are calling doctors like John Venetos in Chicago, who's decided to provide care and risk he won't be paid.
 
Stroke survivor Nancy Pace of Benton says she's relieved to have good insurance for the first time since 2005. She called Blue Cross on Wednesday, paid her premium and got her member number over the phone.

Missing person advisory issued by St. Louis County police

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:48 Published in Local News

The St. Louis County Police have issued a missing person advisory.

 

19-year-old Jessica Palmer went missing sometime between 1 AM and 9 AM Tuesday. Her family says Jessica suffers from several mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and Post traumatic stress disorder, and is classified as mentally challenged. Police say she has displayed suicidal tendencies previously.

 

She is a white woman about 5' 4" tall and weighs 200 pounds.

 

Anyone who has seen her is asked to call 911.

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