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Health care payments delayed for some in Illinois

Friday, 10 January 2014 14:34 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Three more health insurance carriers are giving Illinois customers who signed up in December more time to make their first payments.
 
   Land of Lincoln Health has extended its payment deadline to Jan. 31 for people signed up for plans with coverage effective Jan. 1.
 
   Aetna customers now have until Jan. 14 to pay their first premium for January coverage. Coventry customers have until Jan. 17.
 
   Earlier this week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois extended its deadline to Jan. 30 and Humana pushed its cutoff to Jan. 31.
 
   It's the latest in a string of deadline extensions for people buying insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. An original New Year's Eve payment deadline fell by the wayside after the technical problems of the federal insurance shopping website HealthCare.gov.
 

Man gets 19 years in prison in Missouri cocaine case

Friday, 10 January 2014 12:28 Published in Local News
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after about 13.3 pounds of cocaine were found in his vehicle in northwest Missouri.
 
Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced Friday that 37-year-old Marcos Gonzalez, of Stockton, Calif., was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October to first-degree drug trafficking. Zahnd says the cocaine was valued at $600,000.
 
In April 2013, a Platte County deputy stopped Gonzalez's U-Haul van for a routine traffic violation. While searching the van, the deputy found heat sealer and rubber bands, which Zahnd says are commonly used to package narcotics and bulk cash.  The deputy found the cocaine inside the bottom lining of three black suitcases.

UPDATE: STL plow crews finish with side streets

Thursday, 09 January 2014 16:57 Published in Local News
   St. Louis officials are waiting to see if city residents can navigate their neighborhoods a little better now that the side streets have been plowed.  
   After nearly a foot of snow fell last weekend, followed by sub-zero cold, many residents complained that the streets in their neighborhoods were impassable. So Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that it was time for the city to experiment with plowing those side streets.  At a press conference, Slay said, "Too many people have been getting stuck on these side streets.  Too many people cannot get off their streets. They’re angry, and I hear them."
   In a Twitter post this morning, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford wrote that the plows had finished about 4 a.m.   Rainford indicated they cut a single row down the middle of each street in an effort to make the streets passable without burying the cars parked along the curbs.
   The city is asking for feedback on change. City residents are invited to share their opinion here.
 

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