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IL AG Warns: Watch for Health Insurance Scams

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:26 Published in Local News

   As the health insurance exchanges get rolling, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning insurance shoppers about potential scams.  

   Madigan says scam artists may try to take advantage of the new program.

   Some may try to obtain personal and financial information to steal someone's identity. Others may try to sell fake health insurance plans.  Madigan says consumers should never have to pay anyone to help them enroll in a health plan.

   The impacts of the federal shutdown on the local St. Louis economy probably won't amount to much -- as long as it doesn't last long.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that economists and business leaders generally agree that a few days of federal worker furloughs and closed federal parks won't have a big impact.  But with about 25,000 St. Louis area residents working for the federal government, and many thousands more working for private companies that rely on federal contracts, a long-term shutdown could have greater impact.  

   Right now, the paper reports that private employers like Boeing and Unisys aren't changing staffing levels, but all say they are monitoring the situation.

2 people struck and killed on I-70; Eastbound lanes closed

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:09 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate two separate incidents in north St. Louis in which pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles.

 

   The first happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when a person was struck on eastbound Interstate 70 near Salisbury Street. Lanes in both directions were closed for several hours after the accident. Police say the driver who struck the pedestrian was found. It wasn't clear if the driver would face charges.

 

   In the second case, a man was struck by two cars as he was crossing Natural Bridge Avenue near Kingshighway just before midnight Tuesday. The drivers stopped and cooperated with authorities.

 

   Names of the victims have not been released.

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