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Audit questions use of some Missouri welfare benefits

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:24 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new audit questions whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state or using benefits for alcohol, tobacco and gambling.
 
The report released Tuesday by State Auditor Tom Schweich (shwych) looks at about $96 million of benefits paid through electronic cards in 2012 for a program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
 
The audit found 366 cases in which recipients used a total of $461,000 of benefits exclusively out of state for at least three months. Although nothing prohibits out of state use, the report says that may indicate the welfare recipients no longer live in Missouri.
 
The audit also found about 1,600 cases in which $261,000 of benefits were used at locations appearing to be associated with alcohol, tobacco, gambling or adult entertainment.

Missouri unemployment rate falls; 15,000 jobs added

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:16 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.
 
The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.
 
The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.
 
Missouri's civilian labor force was about 3 million, which is down 244 from October. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.

Mega Millions jackpot jumps thanks to rule change

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:22 Published in Local News

The Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $636 million dollars.

 

The cash option for the jackpot is around $341 million. The near record-setting jackpot was helped in large part due to a change in the way Mega Millions is played.  

 

Players now choose five numbers from 1-75 and one number from 1-15. That change raised the odds from 1 in 176 million to the current odds of 1 in 259 million.

 

Those long odds are not slowing down ticket sales. Officials say it is still possible that tonight's jackpot could be raised again.

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