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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state Legislature.
The legislation sponsored by state Sen. John Rushville passed the Senate by a 51-0 vote Wednesday.
 
The bill would allow retired teachers, who are still certified, to teach while still maintaining their eligibility for retirement. Retirees would be exempt from making contributions or receiving any new pension benefits.
 
Schools must have advertised the position for three months prior to the beginning of the school term and offer vacancies to teachers' whose positions have been eliminated by the district.
 
The legislation now moves to the House.

Scott AFB Will Welcome New Commander

Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:09 Published in Local News
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois military operation that manages the armed force's shipping and transportation needs will have a new commander.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the U.S. Senate has signed off on Gen. Paul Selva's transition to lead the U.S. Transportation Command based at Scott Air Force Base.
 
Selva already heads the Air Mobility Command, which also is based at Scott near Mascoutah.
Selva will begin his new post on May 6, when he will succeed retiring Gen. William Fraser III. Fraser had been in that position since October 2011.
 
Lt. Gen. Darren McDew already will replace Selva as chief of the Air Mobility Command.
 

New Business Creation Growing in Missouri

Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:44 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri secretary of state's office says more businesses sought to organize in March than during the same month over the past decade.
 
The state on Wednesday reported about 4,500 business creation filings this March. That's up about 300 from March 2013 and is also higher than in any other March over the past 10 years.
 
The number of newly created businesses generally has been growing in Missouri. They have risen each year since 2010 after declining in each of the three prior years.

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