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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:23 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state's unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.
The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that Missouri employers added a net of 1,100 jobs in the first month of 2014.
The largest gain was in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,100 jobs in January. The manufacturing sector grew by 2,500 positions, while the professional and business services industry grew by 2,200 jobs.
The largest losses were 6,100 in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 3,300 in construction.
Missouri's civilian labor force was just over 3 million in January, an increase of about 1,800 from December. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:40 Published in Local News
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Animal protection advocates are applauding President Barack Obama for proposing a continued federal ban on commercial horse slaughter in the U.S.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals senior vice president Nancy Perry on Tuesday urged Congress to adopt the proposal.
A measure approved earlier this year withholds money through September for Agriculture Department inspections necessary for slaughterhouses to process horse meat for human consumption.
The ban derailed a New Mexico company's plan to slaughter horses to export the meat to overseas consumers.
The president's budget proposed continuing the inspection funding prohibition through September 2015.
The last U.S. horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007 because Congress eliminated inspection funding. Plants in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa sought to resume horse slaughtering when federal money was restored in 2011.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:57 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Parts of Illinois reported a slow start to early voting, but Cook County's suburbs saw an uptick.
Cook County Clerk David Orr's office said Tuesday that 2,354 people cast ballots Monday, the start of early voting for March 18's primary. In 2010's primary, nearly 1,300 suburbanites cast first day ballots. In 2012, it was roughly 2,100.
Orr's office covers over 120 municipalities excluding Chicago. The region has previously reported a higher turnout than Illinois' average.
About 8 percent of Illinois voters cast early ballots in 2010 and 2012 primaries. In suburban Cook, 9.5 percent voted early in 2010. More than 11 percent did in 2012.
Orr's office says availability of suburban early voting sites might explain the turnout. There are 43. Chicago has 51.
Early voting ends March 15.