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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The vote 61-54 vote sends the measure back to the Senate for minor changes to a version it approved on Valentine's Day. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign it.

Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Most recently, New Jersey, Minnesota and Rhode Island have allowed it.

The historic vote in Illinois came after months of arduous lobbying by gay-rights advocates, but the bill was never called for a House vote earlier this year because the sponsor said there weren't enough votes. Proponents say momentum had been building, especially as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Opponents say marriage should remain between a man and woman.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:11
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FORISTELL, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for attacking his 11-year-old son with a baseball bat.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the sentence for 46-year-old Mark Alan Calloni of Foristell follows his plea of no contest to child abuse charges filed in July.

Police say Calloni struck the child several times for unknown reasons, using a wooden baseball bat. He then tackled the boy and pinned him to the ground. The child broke free and ran to a neighbor's house, where he called police.

The boy did not suffer any serious injuries.

In 2005, Calloni pleaded guilty to domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and felonious restraint. He was sentenced to five years of probation in that case.

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:41
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Two young children are in the hospital after they were found alone in a their home, with their dead mother.

Police were called to the house Tuesday morning. When emergency crews arrived, they found the children and the woman's body. Officials think the mother was dead for two days before she was found. The kids were taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition.

It appears the woman died of natural causes. The courts will decide who gets custody of the children. 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:33
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois prison officials estimate nearly 30,000 newly freed inmates will be eligible for Medicaid coverage in 2014 under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports state officials say better access to care for physical and mental health issues may help parolees succeed outside of prison.

The Department of Corrections plans eventually to help inmates connect with Medicaid before they're released, so they can make a smooth transition into the state and federal health care program for the poor.

Illinois is among about 26 states planning to expand Medicaid benefits to childless adults under the Affordable Care Act. Last year's Supreme Court decision upheld the law, but made Medicaid expansion optional for states.

Many parolees in the past didn't qualify for Medicaid benefits.

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:36
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Police search for a pair of bank robbery suspects today.

Fox 2 reports that the PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed. Two men stole an undisclosed amount of money and sped off in a gray Cadillac. No word of any injuries during the robbery.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:35
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Backers of a plan to change Illinois' income tax structure say they've collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters.

 

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot. The amendment would allow the state to adopt a graduated or "progressive" tax.

 

Under a graduated tax, higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than middle and lower-class taxpayers. It's similar to the federal income tax structure.

 

Illinois' Constitution currently requires a flat income tax. Changing it would require a three-fifths vote in the Legislature and approval by voters.

 
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Schnucks supermarkets already have pharmacies, floral shops and cooking classes. Now the St. Louis chain is branching into healthcare.  

Schnucks is opening its first Schnucks Infusion Solutions facility to treat acute and chronic conditions.

Infusion therapy is administered by injecting medicine through a needle or catheter. It treats conditions ranging from infectious diseases to cancer.

The new 65-hundred square foot healthcare facility is located on Page Service Rd.  There, pharmacists will prepare infusions to be given to patients either at the center or at home.

Schnucks Director of Pharmacy Services Dave Chism, calls outpatient infusion therapy a "safe and cost-effective alternative for patients to receive treatment" in an alternate healthcare setting.  

Chism says patients tend to recuperate better at home, and with the focus now on shorter hospital stays, he says there is a growing need for infusion providers.

For more information visit: www.schnucksinfusionsolutions.com or call 1-877-386-4077.

 
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St. Clair County is getting a financial boost for its emergency responders.

The county will receive 10-thousand dollars in grants from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, which will provide for upgrading and maintaining equipment that allows different agencies to communicate with one another.

The grant money comes from the September 11th Fund which is supported by part of the fee charged for state's "America Remembers" license plates. 

 
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   A Cuba, Missouri man is in police custody after allegedly placing an online ad asking for someone to sexually assault an 11 year old female relative.  St. Louis County Police say that ad was reported and prompted them to set up a sting.  

   They arrested 32 year old Anthony Brinkman Friday after he arrived to meet an undercover police officer at a south county Cracker Barrel restaurant.  

   Police say Brinkman had brought the child with him.  She is with her family.  Police say they don't believe Brinkman had assaulted her, but they are still investigating.

   Brinkman has been charged with attempted statutory sodomy.  He's jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

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   A second lawsuit has been filed challenging the legitimacy of the pending Loop Trolley project.

   The first, filed last week in federal court, alleges the 2007 vote to set up the special taxing district to support the trolley violated the constitution because it allowed property owners multiple votes based on the acreage they own.   University City Council member Elsie Glickert is one of four plaintiffs in that lawsuit.  

   Now Glickert has filed a separate lawsuit in state court.  The new suit claims University City violated Sunshine Laws when a meeting agenda failed to specify the details of a permit change up for a vote in March.  

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