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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is engaged to his partner just hours after the state Legislature approved same-sex marriage legislation.

State Rep. Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach proposed to his partner during a celebration Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. The couple has been together three years and has three children.

Yingling tells The Associated Press they'll get a marriage license as soon as the law goes into effect in June.

The Democrat says he's been carrying a ring back and forth to Springfield for about a year, waiting for the chance to propose.

He says the two grew up in Illinois and wanted to get married in their home state.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll the bill this month. Illinois will become the 15th state to allow gay marriage.

 

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:34
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - An organization that formed after a May 2011 tornado destroyed parts of Joplin is celebrating the opening of its 100th home in the southwest Missouri city.

Rebuild Joplin held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at the home of Ron and Margaret Campbell, whose house was damaged during the tornado. The couple had begun repairs but did not have the money to complete them.

The Joplin Globe reports Rebuild Joplin began as a website after the tornado to connect people with resources. It eventually began construction projects using volunteer labor. Since November 2011, the organization has completed 47 new constructions and 53 home repairs.

Chad Carson, executive director of Rebuild Joplin, says the organization is still trying to find people who need help to recover from the tornado.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:31
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A Missouri State Representative is facing felony charges for misuse of campaign money.

Prosecutors say Representative Steve Webb of Florissant stole campaign funds and spent them on himself. The Post-Dispatch reports that Webb took a campaign contribution, deposited it in a political account, then moved the money to a personal account. Webb is the minority deputy whip. The paper also reports that Webb has taken nearly $29,000 in gifts from lobbyists--there is no limit on the amount of gifts he can take. About $18,000 of that amount has come from utility companies. Webb serves on the House Utilities Committee.

Webb's lawyer says he will surrender himself to authorities when an arrest warrant is issued. 

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The St. Louis Archdiocese is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by the family of a teenage girl, which claims that Archbishop Robert Carlson failed to prevent her molestation by a priest who was assigned to the Cathedral Basilica. 

The Rev. Joseph Jiang lived at the Archbishop's residence at the time he was accused of sexual abuse and witness tampering in the case involving a 16 year old girl.  

Jiang reportedly left a $20,000 check on the windshield of a car belonging to the victim's family, in what appeared to be an attempt to convince the family not to disclose the improper conduct.

The lawsuit says Archbishop Carlson requested the check be returned to him. The suit accuses the Archbishop of attempting to tamper with physical evidence.

 
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