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CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago.
The committee voted unanimously Thursday following a hearing in Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among several officials who spoke in favor of the funding.
He says the money would return dividends "well beyond" $100 million. Emanuel also says the funding would be a fitting way to welcome Obama back to his hometown.
Several Chicago sites - most on the city's South Side - want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.
A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the Legislature still must determine a source for the funding.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says all Americans are standing with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and several religious leaders also attended the service Thursday at the Jewish Community Center.
Holder told the overflow crowd of more than 1,000 that every alleged hate crime, no matter the intended target, is an affront to the nation.
Avowed white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross is charged with capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder in the killings Sunday of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
Cross is also accused of killing Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
St. Louis, MO -- Councilman Steve Stenger announced Thursday that he has received the St. Louis Labor Council's endorsement in the race for St. Louis County Executive.
The Labor Council is the umbrella organization representing over 50 individual unions in the St. Louis area.
There are currently 125,000 union members in the St. Louis area with the majority of them living in St. Louis County.
Along with the St. Louis Labor Council endorsement comes financial support and grass-roots outreach to it’s members. Stenger is challenging incumbent Charles Dooley.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.
Brian Kinkade has served as the department's acting director since last May and also was acting director from 2011 to 2012. With his confirmation on Thursday, Kinkade becomes the agency's permanent director.
Kinkade's tenure at the Social Services Department spans the past five gubernatorial administrations. He previously was the agency's deputy director and head of its divisions of Budget and Finance and Child Support Enforcement.
The Social Services Department oversees the state's Medicaid and other welfare programs.
He also served as executive director of the Missouri Public Service Commission and was a budget analyst for the state Senate Appropriations Committee.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri county has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ryan Ferguson filed an amended federal civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, former prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane and investigators Ben White and William Haws.
The suit claims the county has "customs, policies and omissions in training that caused the deprivation" of Ferguson's rights.
Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of killing Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001, but a three-judge state appeals court panel vacated his convictions last year because prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence favorable to Ferguson's defense.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering official designation for the jumping jack.
A bill is proposing to make the jumping jack Missouri's official state exercise. Missouri-born Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing is credited as inventing jumping jacks as a training drill for cadets when he taught at West Point in the late 1800s.
The proposal is supported by students at Pershing Elementary School in St. Joseph.
The legislation has cleared the House and will be considered by a state Senate committee.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A man is dead after he was shot by police in St. Charles.
St. Charles police went to a home Wednesday night after neighbors complained the man was threatening them and igniting fireworks.
KSDK reports police say the man was holding a weapon and refused their commands to drop it. He was shot when he moved toward the officers and threatened them.
The officer, a 13-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
No one else was injured.
St. Louis, MO -- Two suspects are jailed in Pine Lawn after a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust.
Fox2 News reports that a man and a woman were stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 near Jennings Station Rd. just after 3 o'clock Thursday morning.
Police say they could smell pot as they approached the car. They were given permission to search the vehicle and found several pounds of the drug hidden beneath the liner of the trunk.
The duo had bought the marijuana in Colorado and it is unknown at this time whether they were transporting it to Missouri or through the state.
In addition to packages, the pot was contained in cookies, brownies, chocolate bars and other candies. A 24 year old man from Virginia and a 34 year old woman from Colorado are in custody.