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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member has renewed her call for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.
 
Democrat Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, addressed Nicastro during a hearing of the House Budget Committee on Wednesday.
 
Nicastro has faced criticism over various issues in recent months, including the award of a contract to a consulting firm to draft a turnaround plan for unaccredited school districts.
 
Montecillo urged Nicastro to step down last year. On Wednesday, she said the commissioner's resignation would be the responsible thing to do for Missouri's children.
 
Nicastro responded that she has a history with urban schools and that her record speaks for herself. She said others can do her job as well but that she's not sure the state could find anyone more willing and committed.
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A St. Louis man is facing charges connected to a double shooting that happened last week.

 

Police say that John Trevillion shot Tony West and Brian Jordan in the 4700 block of Fletcher in Northwoods. West survived the attack, but Jordan died. Trevillion now faces several felony charges including first-degree murder.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A nonprofit federal data tracker says the U.S. government filed a record number of health-care fraud cases during the latest federal fiscal year.
 
Southern Illinois federal prosecutors helped lead the way in pursuing charges against such white-collar scammers.
 
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University says in a new report that 377 new prosecutions were opened during the fiscal year ending last October. That's up 3 percent from the previous year and 7.7 percent from five years ago.
 
The clearinghouse says prosecutions that the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois opened led the nation per-capita. That's more than eight times the U.S. average.
 
Those behind the report say the latest numbers may reflect that federal authorities are devoting more resources toward attacking health-care fraud.
 
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KTRS, St. Louis - The Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis has just one week left before it closes its doors.

 

Management says the hotel would need $80 million in upgrades to keep the hotel open, but no investors stepped up with the money. City officials say Millenium's owners will maintain water and utilities while the city determines the future of the building--there are currently no plans to tear it down.

 

80 employees will lose their jobs when the hotel closes in one week. The Millenium was once the largest hotel in St. Louis, but only 164 rooms remain in service.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses.
 
The Illinois Secretary of State's office says more than 12,000 immigrants have received licenses since December under a new state law.
 
Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license tests by the end of the month.
 
The licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They can't be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm.
 
Supporters say the law will save Illinois motorists money and make roads safer. Critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who entered the country illegally.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A group of Missouri lawmakers joined health care advocates to outline a plan aimed at reducing the cost of pill-form chemotherapy.
The proposed legislation would require insurance companies to levy the same out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy as they do for the traditional intravenous treatment.
The American Cancer Society said Wednesday that insurance companies can charge higher co-payments and deductibles for chemotherapy pills.
The proposed measure would impact only health plans that provide coverage for both types of treatments.
Rep. Sheila Solon, a Republican from Blue Springs, says the legislation would not increase premiums for cancer patients.
Twenty-seven other states and the District of Columbia have passed similar measures seeking to reduce the cost of the chemotherapy pills.
   
 
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's City Council is expected to vote on a proposal that would limit the use of electronic cigarettes.
The proposal that's set to be discussed Wednesday would expand the city's regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, barring their use in offices, indoor public areas and within a certain distance of building entrances.
Electronic cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Users get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.
But their popularity among young people has raised the concern of public health officials.
WLS-TV reports the proposed rules would also require merchants who sell e-cigarettes to keep them behind store counters.
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An exhibit about the award-winning movie "Lincoln" will open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois on Friday. Museum officials say film director Steven Spielberg generally doesn't preserve sets from his movies, but "Lincoln" was so special he made an exception.
The sets, costumes and props arrived at the museum on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
   
Meanwhile, the couch where socialite Mary Todd received a gangly young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln will be restored. The Springfield Art Association has raised more than $4,500 to save the 180-year-old sofa.  The unveiling of the restored couch will be February 11.
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