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President Obama calls Gov. Quinn after tornadoes

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 02:11 Published in Local News

   WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's received a phone call from President Barack Obama after fatal storms hit Obama's home state.

   Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that Quinn received the call on his cellphone while touring damage in the central Illinois community of Washington.  The community was among the hardest hit. The White House confirmed the call, saying Obama relayed concern and expressed gratitude for the responders.

   Quinn gave Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response. Quinn was with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, who also spoke to Obama.

   Authorities say six people died in Sunday's storms when tornadoes flattened homes and caused severe damage. So far seven counties have been declared state disaster areas.

FOUND: Endangered SILVER Advisory Cancelled

Monday, 18 November 2013 23:49 Published in Local News

   Chesterfield police have located an elderly man reported missing Monday evening.  The Endangered SILVER advisory has been cancelled.

   Police had issued the advisory after 93 year old Sam Esgro didn't return home from a trip to Culvers on Chesterfield Airport Road.  Employees at the ice cream shop had told police that Esgro seemed confused when he stopped there about 6 p.m.  

   Police say Esgro was located overnight in Earth City.

AP Analysis: Mo. Gov. Nixon shifts left politically

Monday, 18 November 2013 04:10 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken a new, more left-leaning approach in his second term.

   Nixon has long been a Democrat. But he could have passed himself off as a moderate Republican during his first four years as governor. He cut taxes, spending and thousands of government jobs. And Nixon shied far away from President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

   Since he won re-election a year ago, however, Nixon has sought to expand Missouri's Medicaid eligibility under Obama's health care law. He vetoed a big income tax cut and numerous other bills passed by the Republican-led Legislature. And this past week, Nixon came out in support of gay marriage.

   Some political scientists say Nixon appears to be re-positioning himself to appeal to national Democrats.

 

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