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MoDOT preparing for wintry weather

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:09 Published in Local News

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are preparing for expected winter weather this week.

MoDOT crews are ready to plow and treat roads as needed. They want to remind drivers that even a light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. Motorists should allow for extra time when there has been inclement weather.

One of the easiest ways to check road conditions is the MoDOT Traveler Information Map which can be found at modot.org.

MoDOT also released some tips for driving in inclement weather:

      ·Slow down.

      ·Steer and brake gently.

      ·Accelerate slowly at intersections.

      ·Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

      ·Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.

      · Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.

      ·Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the people of Illinois have won after lawmakers approved a major overhaul aimed at solving the state's $100 billion pension crisis.

   In a Tuesday statement, Quinn calls it "landmark legislation" that will ensure retirement security.

   The Chicago Democrat has made pension reform a top priority for two years, but efforts had been unsuccessfully including previous special sessions and his social media campaign. More recently, Quinn had refused to take a paycheck until lawmakers came up with a comprehensive solution.

   The Illinois House and Senate approved a bill that's estimated to save roughly $160 billion over the next three decades.

   However, unions were opposed to the measure, calling it unfair and questioning its legality.

 

Obama's Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in US

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 15:43 Published in National News

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle has been granted permission to stay in the U.S.

An immigration judge ruled Tuesday that 69-year-old Onyango Obama is a person of "good moral character."

Obama is the half brother of the president's late father. He has lived in the United States since the 1960s. He was ordered to leave the country in 1992, but remained.

Onyango Obama and a longtime friend testified at a hearing that he has lived in the U.S. for 50 years, been a hard worker, paid income tax and been arrested only once.

His immigration status didn't become public until his 2011 drunken driving arrest. At the time, he allegedly told police, "I think I will call the White House."

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