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Nixon admin. accused of discrimination in firing

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:44 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency is alleging discrimination in her firing by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

   Gracia Backer was replaced in March as director of the Division of Employment Security in Missouri's labor department. Her ouster came at the same time that Nixon appointed labor department director Larry Rebman to a different job.

   Documents provided Monday to The Associated Press show Backer has filed a discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. The complaint claims Backer was fired after raising concerns that Rebman was discriminating against her and other older and female employees.

   Rebman told the AP on Monday that he didn't discriminate against Backer.

   The governor's office never announced why Backer was replaced as division director.

 

Durbin removes FB post after White House miscue

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:17 Published in Local News

   CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has removed a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a GOP leader had told the president, "I can't even stand to look at you."

   Durbin said Monday he's satisfied that that people now know he's not to blame for the mistake.

   The decision resolves a point of tension between the White House and one of President Barack Obama's most loyal defenders. The White House acknowledges the error stemmed from a "miscommunication."

   Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, was not at the meeting where the statement in question would have been made. He says his source was a White House staffer who briefed him.

   The post drew rebukes from Republicans who said no such statement was made.

 

   Fairview Heights Police are looking for leads after a fundraising box intended to benefit a toddler was looted during her mother's funeral.  Police say it happened Saturday at the First Baptist Church on Lincoln Trail.  

   The theft was reported after Krystle Flaherty's funeral.  The 28 year old Swansea woman had died October 20th at a Belleville hospital.  

   The donations had been intended for Flaherty’s 3-year-old daughter, Lillian.  

   Anyone with information is asked to call Fairview Heights Police at (618) 489-2132.

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