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Monarch board rescinds pink tee shirt ban

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:34 Published in Local News

   Firefighters in the Monarch Fire Protection District can wear their "Pink Heals" tee shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month after all. 

   After hearing from an angry crowd at Tuesday night's board meeting, the district board rescinded their earlier ban, but with conditions.  The shirts must be redesigned without a union logo and must clearly identify firefighters as Monarch employees. 

   One of the board members who had banned the shirts, Robin Harris, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the fire chief has been directed to submit design changes by Wednesday.

IL AG Warns: Watch for Health Insurance Scams

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:26 Published in Local News

   As the health insurance exchanges get rolling, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning insurance shoppers about potential scams.  

   Madigan says scam artists may try to take advantage of the new program.

   Some may try to obtain personal and financial information to steal someone's identity. Others may try to sell fake health insurance plans.  Madigan says consumers should never have to pay anyone to help them enroll in a health plan.

   The impacts of the federal shutdown on the local St. Louis economy probably won't amount to much -- as long as it doesn't last long.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that economists and business leaders generally agree that a few days of federal worker furloughs and closed federal parks won't have a big impact.  But with about 25,000 St. Louis area residents working for the federal government, and many thousands more working for private companies that rely on federal contracts, a long-term shutdown could have greater impact.  

   Right now, the paper reports that private employers like Boeing and Unisys aren't changing staffing levels, but all say they are monitoring the situation.

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