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Governor Nixon heads to New York to discuss disaster response

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:10 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to head to New York to meet with business leaders and talk about disaster response efforts at an event sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative.

Nixon is to participate Tuesday evening in a dinner discussion panel about lessons from recent disasters. During his five years as governor, Nixon has dealt with the deadly Joplin tornado as well widespread flooding, a blizzard and drought.

Nixon is to leave Sunday for New York and return three days later.

The governor's office says he also will meet with the leaders of companies that have a presence in Missouri, including IBM, Honeywell, Kawasaki, MasterCard International and Unilever.

His travel costs are being covered by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit group that often finances Missouri governors' economic development trips.

 

Gov. Quinn responds to Bill Daley dropping out of race

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:07 Published in Local News

CHICAGO (AP) - With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains focused on his day job.

Quinn addressed reporters Wednesday in Chicago. The appearance was his first since former White House chief of staff Bill Daley bowed out of the 2014 race.

Quinn shied away from addressing Daley's criticisms, including parting statements that Quinn wouldn't win.

With just one lesser known candidate left, he's widely expected to get the nod from his party during the March primary.

Quinn says he'll still attend a statewide slating discussion this weekend in Springfield by the state's Democratic party.

Four Republicans are running for governor. Quinn says it'll be a tough contest.

 

Connecticut man gets 27 months for priest's meth sales

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:40 Published in National News

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who helped a priest sell methamphetamine has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Fifty-three-year-old Waterbury resident Kenneth DeVries was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

DeVries has prostate cancer and had asked to be sentenced to time he'd already spent behind bars. He could've faced up to four years in prison.

Prosecutors say DeVries had a limited role in the conspiracy involving Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who's been nicknamed Monsignor Meth by media outlets.

Wallin pleaded guilty to a drug charge in April. He faces 11 to 14 years in prison.

DeVries has said he looked up to Wallin as a religious leader and someone who was supposed to help him.

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