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EAST ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Property taxpayers in southern Illinois are getting back roughly $8.4 million related to a now-closed hospital under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Chicago Democrat signed a bill Wednesday that refunds money from the Wood River Township Hospital that closed in 2000. The hospital's fund had about $8.4 million after paying pension benefits and debt.
House lawmakers approved the bill last week. Supporters say they had several options on what to do with the money. They say giving it to property taxpayers seemed the most fair and popular.
In a Wednesday statement, Quinn says it's been a priority to reduce costs and improve services.
The hospital board estimates a person with a $100,000 home would receive a refund of up to $450.
An endangered person advisory has been lifted after a missing woman was found.
Catharyn Cannon suffers from schizophrenia and had wandered away from her home on Tuesday afternoon. Police say that Cannon was found today at a hospital.
No word on her condition.
Cannon walked away from her home around noon on Tuesday. Her family says that Catharyn may not speak when spoken to.]]>
The search for a woman reported missing from University of Missouri-St. Louis is over.
University officials issued a missing person alert last week for Allison Reed. Her father dropped her off at a university housing complex around 8 PM Thursday.
A university spokesman says Reed was found at a nearby hospital. She is not currently enrolled in classes, but lives in a students facility.
A suspect is back in custody after police say he escaped a St. Louis hospital.
Why was he in the hospital? He was shot in the face during an attempted burglary.
The owner of an East St. Louis towing company was patrolling the company grounds when he saw two burglars. The owner shot one of the men in the head before calling police. One suspect was arrested, the other taken to SLU hospital. While the injured suspect was in the hospital, he managed to escape and fled to his girlfriend's apartment. Police quickly found him and arrested him again.
The suspect will need reconstructive facial surgery, but is expected to survive.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An audit by the Federal Office of Inspector General says Missouri should pay back more than $21 million in federal Medicaid payments made to a state-operated children's hospital in St. Louis County.
The audit found that Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital failed for five years to fulfill regulatory requirements to qualify for the federal Medicaid reimbursements.
Missouri Department of Social Services spokeswoman Rebecca Woelfel says the department disagrees with the audit and will continue to defend its position. The state also filed a letter disagreeing with the finding.
The Office of Inspector General cannot require the state to pay back the money. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will decide whether to seek repayment of some or all of the money, and Missouri can appeal that decision.