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EAST ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Property taxpayers in southern Illinois are getting back roughly $8.4 million related to a now-closed hospital under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Chicago Democrat signed a bill Wednesday that refunds money from the Wood River Township Hospital that closed in 2000. The hospital's fund had about $8.4 million after paying pension benefits and debt.

House lawmakers approved the bill last week. Supporters say they had several options on what to do with the money. They say giving it to property taxpayers seemed the most fair and popular.

In a Wednesday statement, Quinn says it's been a priority to reduce costs and improve services.

The hospital board estimates a person with a $100,000 home would receive a refund of up to $450.

Wainwright a finalist for Cy Young award

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:32 Published in Sports

Adam Wainwright will learn today if he is the Cy Young winner.

Wainwright is one of three finalists for the National League award. He joins Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on the final ballot.

In the American League, St. Louis-native Max Scherzer is the favorite to win the award. The winners should be announced this afternoon. 

Only 751 Missourians enrolled through health care exchange

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:15 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that only 751 Missouri residents selected a health insurance plan through a federally run online marketplace during the first month of its troubled launch.

HHS released the figures Wednesday. The department said the insurance exchange had about 14,100 completed applications from Missouri from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Those applications sought coverage for about 28,000 people.

The federal government did not say how many of the people selecting a health plan had started paying premiums.

Nationally, HHS says fewer than 27,000 people signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange.

The federal health care overhaul set up online marketplaces to help people find affordable insurance, but the rollout of the HHS website has been rocky from the start.

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