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Kirk gives first post-stroke Senate floor speech

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 02:48 Published in Local News

   WASHINGTON (AP) - Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk took to the U.S. Senate floor for the first time since suffering a stroke to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

   The bill would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

   Seated at a desk, Kirk said it was especially important for an Illinois Republican to speak out for the legislation in the tradition of Everett Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln. Kirk hadn't taken the Senate floor since suffering a stroke in January 2012.

   Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race and national origin. But it doesn't stop an employer from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

   All of the Senate Democratic majority and at least five Republicans are expected to vote for the bill.

 

St. Louis ConnectCare closing north city clinic

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 02:32 Published in Local News

   A clinic that serves mostly the uninsured and under-insured in St. Louis is closing its doors.  St. Louis ConnectCare has announced it will close the Smiley Urgent Care Center November 15th.  

   The non-profit had announced in August it would shut down its specialty services, but now says it must also close the clinic at the old Regional Hospital on Delmar.  

   St. Louis Regional Health Commission Chief Robert Fruend believes other health care providers will follow suit because of state budget cuts.  Fruend told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that 1,000 healthcare jobs have been lost in the region in the last six months. 

   The paper reports a Missouri Hospital Association estimate that the state will lose $4 billion in health care funding over the next six years, mainly from budget cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.  They say the decision by Missouri lawmakers not to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act will further limit the amount of health care funds coming into the state.

 

   An endangered persons advisory has been cancelled after three children were found safe.  

   Authorities in St. Francois County say  7 year old Jesus Mendoza, 5 year old Juliana Mendoza, and 3 year old Jaysnia Mendoza were found last night.  

   Police say the children's mother, 28 year old Julie Mendoza doesn't have custody and she failed to return the children after a weekend visit.  

   The children were located with their mother and her boyfriend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It's believed they were en route to California.

   Charges are likely.

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