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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:45 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the state's Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But the measure's chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.
Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.
Many Democrats applauded Nixon for including the proposal among his priorities outlined in the State of the State address Tuesday night.
Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation passed the Senate on the last day of session last year, but never received a House vote.
At least one House member - Anne Zerr, of St. Charles - said she was glad Nixon pushed for the measure in his speech.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:31 Published in National News
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - University of Oklahoma officials say authorities have found no evidence of shots being fired on campus and no injuries have been reported.
The school had posted a notice on its website earlier Wednesday saying there had been reports of a shooting and that people should avoid Gould Hall, which is near the center of campus.
University spokeswoman Catherine Bishop says in a statement that normal campus operations have since resumed except for Gould Hall, where additional checking is continuing Wednesday. She says no evidence has been found of any shots being fired.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:20 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Hollywood is spending big money in Illinois.
The state said Tuesday that the film industry generated $358 million in spending in the state during 2013. Officials say that easily surpasses the previous record of $184 million in 2012.
Chicago officials say filming last year included six TV series, three studio feature films and 137 commercials. Some of those projects include TV series like "Chicago Fire" and movies like the upcoming "Divergent" and "Transformers 4."
Gov. Pat Quinn's office says "Chicago fire" spent $58 million in 2013. "Chicago PD" has spent $21 million in Illinois.
The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events cite a 20 percent increase in overall production compared with 2012. The city says 2012's numbers were 40 percent higher than 2011.