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Report criticizes former Joplin manager

Sunday, 06 April 2014 08:09 Published in Local News

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently released report says Joplin's former city manager did not get along with other city leaders before he was fired in February.

Joplin City administrators on Friday released supporting documents and full copies of the 31-page report by special investigator Thomas Loraine, an Osage Beach attorney.

The special report focuses on former City Manager Mark Rohr. The Joplin Globe and its parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated sought the report's release after Rohr was fired on February 4th. The report said Rohr tried to use divisions in the city council to his benefit.

The Joplin Globe reports that Rohr denies the allegations and says the divide in the Joplin city council made his job much more difficult.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are advocating for more restrictions on welfare recipients after a state audit raised questions over whether benefits are being used properly.

The report identified more than 300 cases in which Missouri welfare recipients spent their benefits exclusively outside the state during a three-month period.

Under legislation passed by the House, recipients would be kicked off the program if they don't spend their benefits within Missouri once every 90 days.

Lawmakers are also debating whether to loosen restrictions on where welfare money can be spent and who qualifies for assistance.

The House measure would allow people to use welfare dollars to buy food at liquor stores. A Senate bill would open the federal food stamps program to some drug felons.

Scott Air Force Base to lose 99 jobs

Sunday, 06 April 2014 08:07 Published in Local News

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — The Air Force says roughly 100 jobs are being phased out in a unit that provides technical services at an Illinois air base in suburban St. Louis.

The Air Force Network Integration Center cuts at Scott Air Force Base involve 99 positions. Fifty-three of them are civilian jobs.

Air Force spokesman Andy Roake says the eliminations expected to take place through 2015 are due to budget constraints.

The jobs include middle-level management, staff and policy consultation positions.

The Air Force recently announced plans to cut 22,500 positions this year.

The Scott base is about 25 miles east of St. Louis.

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