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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the state saved about $44 million in five months because of a vendor's work to scrub unentitled Illinois residents from the Medicaid rolls. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos detailed the savings Tuesday at a legislative hearing in Chicago.
The work by Reston, Va.-based Maximus resulted in the state canceling Medicaid for more than 125,000 people. Outsourcing that task will cost the state about $70 million over two years.
Hamos says 40 percent of the people kicked off Medicaid had no medical costs in the past six months, resulting in lower than projected savings.
She says Illinois officials still would like to complete the contract with Maximus and will appeal an arbitrator's ruling that would require the contract to be canceled Dec. 31.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are seeking an additional $6.8 million to help an unaccredited school district in the St. Louis area.
The State Board of Education approved the budget request Tuesday for the Normandy district. That's the first step in a process that ultimately requires the support of the governor and Legislature to become a reality.
Students started transferring out of the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts this year under a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay the costs for students who want to attend other public schools.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Normandy is projected to run out of money in March.
The additional funding recommended Tuesday would come as a supplemental state budget item to be considered after lawmakers convene in January.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two members of the University of Missouri' s governing board say they did not order football Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges.
Derrick Washington was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations by a Tiger tutor. He was convicted in in 2011 of deviate sexual assault and served four months in prison.
Washington's mother told the authors of "The System," a book released Tuesday, that Pinkel wanted to keep her son on the team but was overruled by Missouri's Board of Curators.
Board chairman Wayne Goode and another curator told The Associated Press they never met with Pinkel nor discussed Washington.
A north county man is facing 10 charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.
Prosecutors say that over a two-year period starting in July of 2011, Derrick Lowery molested a 12-year-old girl. Lowery faces sodomy and child molestation charges. The St. Louis County Police Department fears there may be additional victims and are asking any to come forward.
Information can be called in to the police or CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).
A St. Louis man is headed to prison for the rest of his life for murdering a newspaper manager.
Rico Paul was given the sentence for shooting and killing Paul Reiter, the manager of the St. Louis American. Reiter was shot as he was calling 911 to report a burglary that Paul was committing.
A jury found Paul guilty in his second trial--the first ended in a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
Closures are scheduled for multiple interstates in downtown St. Louis later this week.
The first closures start Thursday evening at 7 PM. Crews will close two left lanes on westbound 70 from Biddle to Branch, but they should reopen by Friday morning rush. Ramps from the MLK Bridge and Biddle will also close at 7 PM Thursday and will open by the Saturday morning.
· Friday, September 20: Crews will be closing the two right lanes on westbound Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the right two lanes on the eastbound PSB. All PSB lanes are projected to reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
· Saturday, September 21, after 12:01 a.m. crews will periodically close either the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge or the ramp from northbound I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Neither ramp will be closed at the same time. Both ramps will be open by 5 a.m. Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - It probably won't affect her sour mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal.
Nestle Purina PetCare said Tuesday that the frown-faced Internet sensation - real name Tardar Sauce - is now the "spokescat" for a Friskies brand of cat food. The St. Louis-based company didn't release terms of the deal.
Grumpy Cat, whose brown and white face wears a constant scowl, has become an online sensation.
Her photos are a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, and she's among the biggest stars of the peculiar trend of cat dominance on Web videos and postings.
Grumpy Cat's own Facebook page has 1.3 million likes. The dour animal also has more than 111,000 Twitter followers.
Nestle Purina featured Grumpy Cat in an online video game series in March.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former St. Louis mayor is accused of mishandling clients' funds through his law firm.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freeman Bosley Jr. is facing disciplinary action from the Missouri Supreme Court.
A complaint was filed with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel in June but just made public. The counsel investigates allegations of misconduct by lawyers.
Bosley was St. Louis' first black mayor, elected in 1993. He lost a 1997 re-election bid and went into private law practice.
Bosley's attorney, Michael Downey, says the allegations involve money-management issues related to the trust account of Bosley's firm. He says Bosley accepts responsibility for the mistakes, but says none of Bosley's clients were deprived of any money due to them.
Area residents should be on the lookout as a Chesterfield grandmother fell victim to a scam.
Police say the woman was contacted by a group of scammers who told her that her grandson was being held in a foreign prison. The woman says that over a series of phone calls, she was convinced to wire a quarter-of-a-million dollars to a bank in Peru.
Chesterfield police say they have not received other reports of similar scams, but residents should still be aware.
Residents in the New Town area were treated to an unexpected water show Tuesday morning. A water main break broke through the ground and shot a geyser nearly 50 feet into the air at the corner of New Town Blvd and Fountain Lakes Industrial Drive. Traffic on New Town Blvd was stopped in both directions.