It has been over two hundred years since the powerful New Madrid earthquakes.
Scientists now say that lull could end in the not-too-distant future. They expect a the fault to unleash a large scale quake within the next 50 years. That could cause devastation in seven states, including Illinois and Missouri and come with a price tag in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's legislative session is over, but the work may continue for some lawmakers.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he is considering appointing at least three committees to study issues before the 2014 session.
A joint panel of Senate and House members could look into potential changes to the Medicaid health care program for the poor.
Another committee could study potential projects to be included in a bonding proposal that would be put before voters.
Dempsey said an interim committee also could look into changes to the state's regional solid waste management districts.
All of those committees would be continuing work on measures that failed to pass during the legislative session that ended Friday.
Springfield, IL - AP - Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session this month on the issues of pension reform and same-sex marriage.
The Chicago Democrat says he wants lawmakers to approve an overhaul of the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis by the end of the month and send it to his desk. Lawmakers also have a proposal on the table that would make Illinois the 13th state to legalize gay marriage.