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Colin Jeffery

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IDOT postpones work on McKinley Bridge

Friday, 28 June 2013 15:34 Published in Local News

A sigh of relief from Illinois drivers. IDOT has postponed this weekend's planned closure of the McKinley Bridge.

Crews were set to clean and seal the bridge. IDOT said they delayed the work because of the possibility of rain. The work has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 12, but that is work is dependent on weather.

This is the second time work has been delayed--it was originally scheduled for the weekend of the Komen Race for the Cure.

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has frozen $400 million of spending for education, capital improvements and state services because of concerns that legislators could override his veto of an income tax bill.

 

   Nixon announced the spending restrictions Friday while signing a nearly $25 billion operating budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts next Monday.

 

   Earlier this month, the Democratic governor vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have phased in a tax deduction for business income over the next five years. That bill also would have gradually reduced the income tax rate for individuals and corporations over the next decade.

 

   Lawmakers would need a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers to override Nixon's veto during a September session.

 

   Nixon says the bill could cost Missouri hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.

 

An Arnold grandmother is headed to prison for being drunk when she caused an accident that killed her granddaughter.

Theresa Fortner will spend  12 and-a-half years in prison. Fortner was driving her 20-month-old granddaughter on Interstate 55 when she crashed into a street sign, a house, a tree and a fence. The car's black box showed she was traveling nearly 70 miles an hour and never applied the brakes before the accident.

Fortner's blood alcohol content was almost triple the legal limit.

 

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