Judge Denies Class-Action Status in Gender-Based Pay Dispute

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports the case, initiated by former SIU surgeon Dr. Sajida Ahad and joined by four other female doctors, will proceed after the…

Senator McCaskill Says She Will Vote Against Kavanaugh

By SUMMER BALLENTINE , Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Wednesday she will vote against President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing his positions on “dark money” issues. McCaskill said in a statement that the recent sexual assault allegations against him…

Failed Efforts to Authenticate Lincoln Stovepipe Were Secret

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln’s ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat. WBEZ Chicago reports that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sought national museum experts’ review in 2013 and an FBI DNA analysis in 2015 to prove Lincoln’s link to the…