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   Politics makes strange bedfellows, and that's certainly the case in the Illinois Governor's race.  

   Former East St. Louis mayor Carl Officer tells the Belleville News-Democrat that he's formed a SuperPAC to support Republican Bruce Rauner's challenge to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. The group is called Democrats and Independents for Rauner.  

   SuperPACs emerged in 2010 and can raise and spend unlimited funds to campaign for or against candidates as long as the PAC doesn't coordinate their efforts with the candidates themselves.  

   Officer tells the paper he expects criticism from fellow Democrats, but he believes the state needs a totally different approach if everyone is to have a chance at the American Dream. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:40
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   The Missouri House is advancing a bill aimed at keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children and young teens.  

   E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that's inhaled.  

   The proposed legislation would bar sales to anyone younger than 18. The bill was approved by voice vote Tuesday and needs another affirmative vote before moving on to the state Senate.  

   The federal Food and Drug Administration has said it plans to set marketing and product regulations for E-cigarettes in the near future, but hasn't done so yet.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:27
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Former St. Louis Cardinal's catcher Hal Smith has died.  Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Arkansas says he died Saturday at age 82.  Smith first signed with the Cardinals in 1949. He played for the Redbirds from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.  He later played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.  He's survived by his wife and three adult children.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:19
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