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CHICAGO (AP) - With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains focused on his day job.

Quinn addressed reporters Wednesday in Chicago. The appearance was his first since former White House chief of staff Bill Daley bowed out of the 2014 race.

Quinn shied away from addressing Daley's criticisms, including parting statements that Quinn wouldn't win.

With just one lesser known candidate left, he's widely expected to get the nod from his party during the March primary.

Quinn says he'll still attend a statewide slating discussion this weekend in Springfield by the state's Democratic party.

Four Republicans are running for governor. Quinn says it'll be a tough contest.

 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:07
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A former St. Louis city employee, convicted of wire fraud in March, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 71 year old Fred Robinson embezzled about $240-thousand from the now-defunct charter school, Paideia Academy, and collected more than $175-thousand in city paychecks as a "ghost employee". Robinson was the chairman of the charter school's board. Robinson's sentence includes five other charges of federal program theft, relating to his salary from 2006-10 under then-St. Louis Treasurer Larry Williams. Prosecutors say Robinson earned a $35-thousand city salary, but filed bogus time sheets and never did any work for the treasurer’s office. The judge also ordered Robinson to pay about $420,000 in restitution. He must also serve three years probation following his release from prison. Robinson is free on bail while his case is appealed.

 
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Is it a retiree scam? Two Missouri officials are joining forces for an investigation to answer that question.  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is raising concerns about deals in which retirees are signing over future pension checks in order to get quick cash. Zweifel says the deals typically involve an upfront payment to a retiree, under a contract in which the business then gets part of that person's future pension payments. Attorney General Chris Koster says he plans to join the investigation into such practices.

 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:15
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"It can wait." That's the message at Kirkwood High School where students are getting a crash course in the dangers of distracted driving.

The entire student body at Kirkwood High School is taking a pledge today not to text and drive as part of a national campaign. 16-year-old Gabe Masi went through the texting-and-driving obstacle course set up in the Kirkwood parking lot. He offers this advice to other teens who might be texting in the car.

"Never do it. I definitely learned my lesson today," said Masi. "A pedestrian could be a friend, it could be a family member. You never know what could happen."

According to AT&T, 78% of student drivers say they're not likely to text and drive if a friend tells them it's wrong or stupid. 90% say they'd stop if a friend in the car asked them to. 

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