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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - About a thousand Missouri union members rallied at the state Capitol to combat legislation that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees.
 
The proposal is a top priority of House Republican leaders who say the so-called right to work bill is necessary for the state to compete for jobs.
 
But Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon disagreed while speaking at Wednesday's rally and said he would veto the bill. He called it "unnecessary and misguided," and vowed to fight the proposal if the Legislature decides to put it on the 2014 ballot.
 
The rally is an annual event sponsored by the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council. Rally attendees said it's important to talk with lawmakers about the impact of legislation affecting union membership.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:32
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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Legislation that would allow minors and those with epilepsy to use medical cannabis in Illinois is one step closer to law.
 
A Senate committee passed the proposal on Tuesday without opposition.
 
State Sen. Iris Martinez is sponsoring the measure. The Democrat from Chicago says using medical marijuana improves the quality of life for minors suffering from epilepsy.
 
Supporters say consuming oil from the marijuana plant reduces seizures and doesn’t get children high. They say traditional epilepsy medicines are addictive and leave children feeling “stoned.”
 
Opponents say they’re against any measure legalizing marijuana use because it violates federal law. They also say legalizing marijuana for minors contradicts drug prevention programs.
 
The measure amending Illinois’ four-year medical cannabis pilot program now moves to the Senate floor.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:59
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for a "rainy day fund" in the Illinois state budget.
 
The Democratic governor made the proposal in his annual budget address Wednesday.
 
He says officials "need to build our reserves to protect taxpayers in the event of an economic downturn or an emergency down the road."
 
It's part of what Quinn says is a plan to provide "stability" in the long-term budget. He also called for "solid spending caps" to ensure the state doesn't defer its financial obligation.
 
He did not say how much money should be reserved in the rainy day fund.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:47
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The Chesterfield Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect from a robbery and kidnapping which occurred about 5 p.m. on Friday.
 
Police say two female suspects were confronted by security during a shoplifting incident at the H&M store at Chesterfield Mall.  Suspect Cierra Baker, along with an unknown female, attempted to leave the store with stolen merchandise and when confronted, Baker reached into her purse, grabbed a can of mace, and sprayed the security guard before fleeing.
 
The two subjects then separated, with Baker carjacking a woman from the  parking lot.  Baker threatened the woman and forced her to drive from Chesterfield Mall to Big Bend and I-64.  There, the suspect was picked up in a white car with tinted windows.  The victim was not harmed.
 
 Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Cierra Baker or who may have information about this incident or the second suspect, is asked to contact the Chesterfield Detective Bureau or St. Louis Crime Stoppers at 314-725-8477 (TIPS). 
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