WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Insurance brokers in Illinois say they're frustrated with the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law and the crippled federal website, healthcare.gov.
At a meeting of brokers Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, many of them vented their feelings to Max Fletcher, a policy analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.
Brokers also are worried that their profession is being threatened. They want to get the word out that they can help people and small businesses shop for health insurance.
Fletcher told the brokers to call on their legislators to support a state-run health insurance marketplace. He says Illinois could do a better job running its own system, although he concedes that's not likely to be a serious consideration in Springfield during the current veto session.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - About 50 passengers of a light rail train in suburban St. Louis are uninjured after an overhead power line fell on top of the train.
It happened Wednesday morning near a MetroLink station on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The passengers were stuck on the train for about an hour before being safely evacuated.
MetroLink service was shut down between Wellston and the North Hanley station until power was restored. Passengers in that area were taking a bus.
An estranged wife has led police in Swansea, Illinois to charge three members of a family with sexually abusing young relatives.
Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold says the abuse came to light after a 36-year-old man's estranged wife spoke to authorities.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the abuse may have begun in September 2009. Authorities say it involved girls who are now 16, 14 and 9 years old.
Two men are charged with criminal sexual assault and abuse and the woman who spoke with police is charged with indecent solicitation of a child.
A bit of history has returned to St. Louis. A small airplane once owned by Charles Lindbergh is now back on display at Lambert Airport.
Officials from the Missouri History Museum spent hours over the weekend installing the 1934 D-127 Monocoupe aircraft, which hangs once again over the C Concourse in Terminal 1.
The museum also installed a new interactive kiosk near the plane that displays the history of Lambert and Lindbergh. The plane was originally installed at Lambert in 1979. It was removed in March 2011 as part of terminal renovations.
Lambert officials say that over the years, the plane accumulated dust and other airborne pollutants so a conservation effort was necessary to make sure the plane was preserved.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's firearms deer season takes place next month, and conservation officials are asking hunters to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
The disease is deadly to deer, but there is no evidence it can affect humans. Deer can be affected through exposure to soil containing abnormal proteins that are called prions. The prions can get into soil when infected deer decompose on the surface.
The Conservation Department says hunters should avoid cutting through the spine, brain or bones. If hunters must move a whole carcass, they should send the non-edible parts to state-approved landfills for proper burial.
The terms for the customary wager between Governors over the World Series is set. Governor Jay Nixon is staking: a four-pack of Cardinal Cream Soda from Fitz’s Bottling Company; a box of handcrafted chocolates from Bissinger’s Chocolates; and an assortment of Italian baked goods from Missouri Baking Company on The Hill. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is putting up: New England Clam Chowder from Legal Sea Foods, some baked goods, and an assortment of seltzers. The Cards and Red Sox have met in the Fall Class three times previously, with the Red Sox winning in 2004 and the Cardinals in 1946 and 1967.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.
The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.
Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.
The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.
President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.
Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are returning to the state capitol for a second day of their annual fall veto session.
After getting off to a sputtering start Tuesday, the schedule on Wednesday is shaping up to include a hearing on gambling and more requests by state agencies for additional funds.
Horsemen and officials from the Illinois racetracks want lawmakers to authorize a law that allows for online betting. And lawmakers are reviving talks on a larger gambling bill that stalled this spring.
Tuesday also saw a gay marriage rally as part of an effort to make such unions legal in Illinois.
Lawmakers have yet to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall and tax incentives aimed at keeping Archer Daniels Midland Company's global headquarters in Illinois.
The Riverview Gardens School District will offset some of the $15 million they're spending on the school transfer program with a series of budget cuts, but no layoffs so far.
District officials outlined the cuts Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the district will save as much as $3 million by leaving teacher vacancies unfilled, slashing the professional development budget, modifying the busing contract and through other savings in technology and facilities costs.
Even with the budget cuts, the district will be more than $7 million in the red if transfer costs remain the same in the 2014-15 school year.
Teachers in the Normandy District have been told they won't avoid layoffs as that district deals with transfer costs. On Thursday, Superintendent Ty McNichols will present a staff reduction plan that could include a school closing. Normandy officials say they will run $6.8 million short before the end of this school year.
After the state Supreme Court upheld Missouri’s school transfer law, more than 2,000 students opted to transfer out of the unaccredited districts and attend better performing schools. Under the law, their home districts must cover costs.
Are the cookies and loaves of bread baked inside a Schnucks Supermarket sold for immediate consumption in the same way as those sold at a restaurant or convenience store? That's the question the Missouri Supreme Court will have to answer in a case that begins today.
Schnucks is asking the high court to allow the company to take advantage of a 2007 utility sales tax refund law. The Department of Revenue says a bakery that creates goods "for sale directly to the public or through retailers" is eligible, but goods baked at a restaurant and sold for immediate consumption are not.
Last year, the court found two Casey's stores were not eligible for tax refunds on the energy used to bake donuts and pizza bites they sold in individual servings. But Schnucks argues that it isn't the same thing since there's no evidence Schnucks bakeries are restaurants.