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The 5th ward in St. Louis is getting a lot of attention on Election Day, primarily because the name of one of the candidates is displayed prominently inside a voting location.

Alderwoman Michelle Hutchings-Medina, who is running for board of alderman, alleges her opponent Tammika Hubbard has an unfair advantage. Hubbard's father manages the building that houses the polling center, the Jonas Hubbard Jr. Family Support Center in Carr Square in north city. Hubbard's name can be seen hanging above the voting booths.

Medina spoke with KTRS's McGraw Milhaven on the Big 550 just after the polls opened and she says other questionable tactics are being employed as well.

"They have a handicap-accessible ramp in front of the building where Sr. Hubbard has parked his van in front of it. The police have asked them to move it and they told police they'd have to wait," Hubbard said. "It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. It's definitely something that has to be looked into. The stories I hear out here on the street about this family and how they operate in terms of corruption and intimidation...I think it's unconscionable that the board of elections that their job that voters have a fair experience and this clearly does not meet the bill there."

Gary Stoff, the republican director at the St. Louis Board of Elections tells KTRS' Michael Golde he's spoken with Hutchings-Medina on several occasions and "the main issue is making sure everyone is playing by the same rules, which they are."

When Stoff was asked if any campaign laws were being violated, he replied after an extended pause, "If you're talking about the sign on the wall, I would say no."
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:30
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CHICAGO (AP) - The nephew of pioneering Illinois politician Dawn Clark Netsch says she remained an active behind-the-scenes political player right up until her death.

The former Illinois comptroller and the first woman to get the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor died early Tuesday at her Chicago home.

Nephew Andy Kerr says the evening before Netsch was at home watching the TV news and surrounded by newspapers.

Kerr says his aunt was always trying to stay up to date and even in her last months was advising political candidates.

Netsch graduated first in her class from Northwestern Law in 1952, yet Kerr says she could not get a job because she was a woman.

He says that experience drove her to fight all types of discrimination, which became a hallmark of her career.

Here is reaction from across the state:

"The Illinois political scene will not be the same without that pool-shooting Sox Fan with a cigarette holder, but generations of Illinois women can thank the indomitable force of Dawn Clark Netsch for blazing their path." - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

"Most importantly, Dawn was a straight shooter, and not just at playing pool. She always told the people of Illinois what they needed to know." - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

"Dawn leaves behind a long path paved with the shattered glass from the ceilings she broke for women in leadership." - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.

"Dawn always remembered that government exists to serve taxpayers, not the other way around. She was a leader who was ahead of her time and our state is better for her service." - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

"She was straight forward, a straight shooter and great at explaining state issues. She was not just a public servant, but a teacher. She will be missed." - Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

"She blazed a trail for women and worked hard to make sure so many of us could follow her." - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

"Her legacy will live on through her incomparable career of helping others." - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
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Air travelers might want to check on any connecting flights before heading out of Lambert Airport.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea tells KTRS news 16 arrivals have been cancelled as of 10:00 a.m.and 19 departures cancelled, the majority from Chicago.

If you're heading north or east or have a connecting flight through Chicago, airlines are canceling nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago's two airports because of a winter storm that's expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow on northern Illinois.

Most the canceled flights are at O'Hare International Airport.
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow has never been higher. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped nearly 100 points early Tuesday, reaching an all-time high, powered by China's strong economic growth targets and a jump in European retail sales.

Shortly after the opening bell the Dow was trading at 14,222. It's on track to close above its record of 14,164 reached on Oct. 9, 2007. It's up 7.8 percent for the year.

The Standard & Poor's index rose 11 points to 1,536. It's also within striking distance of its own record of 1,565. The Nasdaq was up 30 points at 3,212.

Asian markets rose as China pledged to stick to ambitious growth targets for its economy, the world's second largest. European stocks also jumped because of retail sales in the region rose sharply.
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