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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Fourteen Missouri schools will share $7.5 million in federal funds aimed at low-achieving schools.
 
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded funding to eight schools in St. Louis and four in St. Louis County's Riverview Gardens School District. Also receiving money are Martin Luther King Elementary in Kansas City and Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia.
 
This is Missouri's third round of funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program.
 
State officials say schools generally use the money for hiring staff such as instructional coaches and career counselors. Other uses include special reading and math programs, professional development, and extended learning programs such as classes on Saturdays or during spring and winter breaks.
 
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CHICAGO (AP) - A budget director for Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown proceeds, Illinois employees paid by federal funds could face temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday.

The budget office had no estimates Monday for how many employees would be affected.

Abdon Pallasch is Quinn's assistant budget director. In a statement, he says that the timing of the layoffs would depend on existing resources and individual agencies. Agencies that could be affected include Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs.

During the last shutdown in 1995, about 1,200 Illinois employees were temporarily laid off. They were hired back after two weeks.

Pallasch says most state agencies have sufficient funds to provide services in the short term, but a longer term shutdown would have a greater impact.

 

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A $1 million grant was awarded to metro area law enforcement to assist in efforts to aid in the prosecution of sex trafficking suspects.

The grant is courtesy of the US Department of Justice. Funds will be split between helping victims of trafficking and the prosecution of trafficking crimes. St. Louis County Police and St. Charles County Police are sharing the money with three social service groups.

Missouri is one of only six groups being awarded the grant nationwide.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The federal government says several Missouri entities will share up to $1.8 million in grants to help people sign up for insurance through a new online marketplace.

Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions will get more than $1 million to lead a coalition of 11 health care and social service organizations that are supposed to raise awareness about health insurance options.

An additional $750,000 will go to the Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging for outreach and education efforts.

The Missouri grants are among $67 million being awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide "navigators" for participants in health insurance exchanges.

Enrollment through the online marketplaces begins Oct. 1. Missouri's health insurance exchange is being run by the federal government.

 

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