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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' public universities are warning of serious perils if the state's temporary income tax increase is allowed to expire as scheduled in January.
 
Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says institutions of higher education are anticipating a 30 percent decrease in funding next year because of an expected $1.5 billion reduction in state revenues.
 
Poshard told a Senate appropriations committee Thursday that budget cuts would mean larger class sizes, having more classes taught by adjunct professors instead of tenured faculty and an increase in tuition.
 
Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas says the state's backlog of bills has already created budget headaches for his institution.
 
Both presidents say increasing the state's minimum wage as Gov. Pat Quinn wants could heighten budget problems, requiring millions more to pay their student workforces.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:23
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - More information about the body of an infant that was found in Warrensburg by a pair of biology students.
 
Investigators say the baby was found in a cave, was near full-term, and had been delivered by C-section. Police are looking for the person who may have dumped the baby. Investigators are asking for help--they want to hear from anyone who knows a pregnant woman with suspicious circumstances around the birth of her baby in the past few weeks.
 
The students found the baby about a mile south of campus on Tuesday.
 
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:19
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Several businesses are being honored for helping veterans get back to work.  
 
Ten companies were given the Flag of Freedom award at St. Louis City Hall today for taking part in the “Show Me Heroes Initiative”.  The program has the goal of encouraging companies to pledge to train and hire veterans returning to the workforce.  More than three-thousand companies have made the pledge and more than six-thousand Missouri veterans have gotten work because of it, including more than 500 in the St. Louis area.  
 
Mayor Francis Slay says the city will be putting a charter amendment on this year’s November ballot that will allow preferential treatment when it comes to hiring veterans within the city government.  
 
"We have veterans that have sacrificed personally and their families have sacrificed so that they can protect our freedom, we can continue our way of life", says Slay. "So this is an opportunity for us to give back but our arcane city charter does not allow for us to give preferences to veterans.  This charter amendment will allow that."  
 
The Amendment will take a vote of 60-percent or more to order to pass.  
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:16
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Five other states are joining Missouri's fight against a California egg law regulating the living conditions of chickens.
 
   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month filed a lawsuit against the measure set to take effect next year. It bars the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don't meet California's size and space requirements.
 
   The state attorneys general contend the California law violates the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by effectively imposing new requirements on out-of-state farmers.
 
   The five other states joining Thursday are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Iowa. Those states and Missouri produce 20 billion eggs per year, and 10 percent of that production is sold in California.
 
   The Humane Society of the United States criticized the lawsuit, saying it wastes taxpayer dollars.
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