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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former Republican Sen. Kit Bond is citing problems with the federal health care law as a reason to embrace one of its key provisions by expanding Medicaid coverage.
 
Bond was part of panel discussion Tuesday about Medicaid hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The former longtime U.S. senator has been hired by the chamber to lobby Republican state lawmakers who have repeatedly defeated a Medicaid expansion.
 
He said Medicaid expansion would draw additional federal dollars, thus helping to offset federal funding cuts due to hit hospitals that treat uninsured patients.
 
Bond said Medicaid expansion can be paired with "reforms" that model the program on the private sector and require participants to pay more out of pocket.
 
Some Republican lawmakers have cited concerns about its long-term costs.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:20
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri corrections officials say they will use a lethal drug provided by a new supplier in the state's fourth execution in four months.
 
Convicted killer Michael Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Several court appeals have been filed seeking to spare his life, and Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing a clemency request.
 
Taylor's attorneys are questioning Missouri's use of the new, unnamed compounding pharmacy to provide the pentobarbital for his execution. They also allege that the state executes men before appeals are complete, and say Taylor's trial attorney was ineffective.
 
Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted of abducting 15-year-old Ann Harrison as she waited for a Kansas City school bus in 1989, then raping and killing her. Nunley is also on death row.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:43
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   A former St. Louis County prosecutor who resigned amid a federal investigation in December isn't suspected of any wrongdoing.  

   An attorney for John Quarenghi told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client had stepped down to spare the office any embarrassment after learning that his electronic communications with paralegal Jillian Nichols were being examined by federal investigators.  

   Nichols was indicted last week (Feb. 19) on charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI.  She's accused of offering a sexual assault defendant favoritism from an unnamed prosecutor in exchange for $10,000.  

   Officials say Quarenghi wasn't involved in Nichols scheme, but had dated her.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:33
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   Police in Columbia, Illinois are looking for a fugitive who lied to them about turning himself in.  
   Thirty-six-year-old Jeremy Davis and two accomplices allegedly stole construction equipment in Missouri and then tried to sell it in the metro-east.  Davis was identified through a cell phone picture taken by construction workers who refused to buy the stolen equipment.  
   Police Chief Joe Edwards says his department contacted Davis by phone and he agreed to turn himself in, but hasn't.  
   Chief Edwards says they're concerned for public safety because Davis has already driven recklessly to avoid arrest and has lied to police.  "That leads us to believe that that person is going to do anything they can to elude law enforcement," he said.
   Davis is charged with two felony counts: aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a revoked license for the third time. His bond is set at $50,000.
   Davis is a former resident of Waterloo, IL.  Police believe he now lives in Missouri, possibly in St. Louis County.
   Anyone with information about Jeremy Davis' whereabouts is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at (618) 281-5151.
 
 
 
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:21
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - U.S. attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri National Guard alleging it shortchanges civilian employees when they are called to active duty.
   The lawsuit announced Monday says the Missouri National Guard has been requiring civilian employees to resign before allowing them to go on active duty.
   The lawsuit says that effectively denies the employees 15 days of annual paid military leave that they are entitled to under federal law. The civilian employees could receive the benefits if they were allowed to take a leave of absence or go on furlough for active duty.
   U.S. attorneys are asking a judge to retroactively order benefits for the employees.
   A Missouri National Guard spokeswoman referred questions to the state attorney general's office, which had no immediate comment.
Monday, 24 February 2014 17:18
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A Caseyville Police Officer is facing charges for an alleged case of domestic abuse.

 

Collinsville police officer were called the officer's home on Saturday. Police found a woman inside the house and the suspect--who was later identified as an off-duty Caseyville police officer.

 

Jeffrey Wilkerson is free after posting bond. 

Monday, 24 February 2014 16:23
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Stray Rescue placed more than 200 stray dogs and cats in permanent homes during their "The One" adoption event.

 

The shelter offered pets for an adoption fee of just 14-dollars. There are still plenty of animals up for adoption and more information can be found at strayrescue.org.

Monday, 24 February 2014 16:19
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois county is weighing whether to commit $500,000 toward an East St. Louis station along an emerging high-speed Amtrak route.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County's governing board is considering the investment.
 
The state is working to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph.
 
The board will consider using the money to aid the Illinois Department of Transportation with the design and planning of the station.
 
Board Chairman Mark Kern last week asked the panel's other members to support the station.
 
The total cost of an East St. Louis station is unclear.
 
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
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