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Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:24 Published in Local News
 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic National Committee has asked Chicago, New York and 13 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016.
 
The DNC on Tuesday said the party will accept proposals through June 6 and will pick a host city either late this year or early in 2015.
 
In addition to Chicago and New York, the cities under consideration include: Atlanta; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Miami; Nashville; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
 
Some cities seem more likely than others. For instance, President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House in 2017, calls Chicago home and his potential successor Hillary Rodham Clinton is from Illinois. Clinton also represented New York in the Senate.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.
 
The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.
 
Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," "absurd" and "laughable."
 
Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.
 
House Majority Leader John Diehl said Tuesday that lawmakers will attempt to override the veto before their session ends May 16.
 
An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote in block and pick up the support of at least one House Democrat.

IDNR wrapping up controlled burns across state

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:21 Published in Local News
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says crews are trying to finish a series of controlled burns around the state.
 
WNIJ Radio reports the fires that are deliberately set to stimulate certain plant growth got a late start this year. That's because the ground was wet and snow covered after the long, harsh winter. Burning typically begins in mid-March and runs through mid-April.
 
Chris Young is a spokesman for the agency. He says some crews have finished the controlled burns in portions of the state, but are still conducting them in northern Illinois.
 
Young says there's no set number of acres that needs to be burned this year, but the agency typically burns between 10,000 and 20,000.
 
The areas that are burned are typically portions of prairies and woodlands.

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