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CHICAGO (AP) - The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is attending a Chicago hearing to hear oral arguments in her husband's appeal.
Patti Blagojevich showed up at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday morning as lawyers prepared to argue for and against tossing the ex-governor's corruption convictions.
She took a seat in a front row and hugged one of her husband's defense attorneys. Several FBI agents and prosecutors who investigated her husband sat nearby.
Convicts typically aren't permitted to attend such hearings and the two-term governor wasn't present. The 56-year-old remains in a Colorado prison serving a 14-year sentence.
 Rod Blagojevich's lawyers are hoping to at least win a reduction in the Chicago Democrat's sentence, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in Illinois.
 
The Missouri Lottery raised more than $21.5 million from November ticket sales to transfer to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education today. The monthly transfer is $21,523,794, which brings the total for the fiscal year to more than $130.7 million.
Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $4.7 billion for the state and public education. Programs funded in FY13 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri. For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, see the “Where the $ Goes” section at MOLottery.com.

Missouri farmers to receive drought relief

Friday, 13 December 2013 09:07 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Farmers in 27 Missouri counties will be eligible for federal aid because of drought conditions.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a disaster declaration for 14 counties that have suffered from extreme or exceptional drought. Farmers in 13 adjoining counties also can receive aid.
Nixon says farmers in some northern and central Missouri counties continued to struggle from drought even as many parts of Missouri received sufficient precipitation this year.
The designation allows farmers to receive emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency.
The 14 primary counties in the designation are Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Mercer, Putnam, Randolph, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan. The additional 13 counties are Audrain, Boone, Carroll, Cooper, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Monroe and Pettis.
 

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