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State Makes Payments To Dead People

CHICAGO (AP) - An internal state government memo says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records. Read more »

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Pepsi MidAmerica Expanding

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs. Read More »

Lowe's Agrees to Minimize Lead Dust

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Justice Department says Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle violations of federal rules that require contractors to minimize lead dust from home renovations. Read More »

Illinois Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read More »

Illinois Unemployment Drops to 8.4 Percent

CHICAGO (AP) - State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009. Read More »

Beef Prices Reach Record Highs

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The highest beef prices since 1987 are hitting the pocketbooks of home cooks and restaurant owners. Read More »

Local Mid-Continent University Students Waiting for Answers

WSIL -- The sudden closure of a college in Western Kentucky is impacting students here in our region. Mid-Continent University, in Mayfield, has laid off its staff and is shutting down in June. Read More »

WWI Love Letters Found in Indiana Attic

JASPER, IN -- Pieces of history were found during a home renovation in Jasper, Indiana. The homeowners found letters a World War I soldier sent to the woman he loved. Read More »

Kirk Will Campaign for Oberweis in Senate Race

QUINCY, IL (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate. Read More »

Illinois Trooper Charged for Roadside Strip Search

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) - A southwestern Illinois state trooper is facing a felony aggravated battery charge after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop. Read More »

Fingerprint Required for Six Flags Season Tickets

EUREKA, MO (AP) - A fingerprint is now required for season pass holders at Six Flags St. Louis. Read More »

Rutherford: Dismiss Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an ex-employee alleging sexual harassment and forced political work on state time. Read More »

Tanning Salons Adjust to New Illinois Law

DEKALB, IL (AP) - Illinois tanning salon owners say they've adapted to a law banning customers under 18 from using their tanning beds. Read More »

New Mississippi River Bridge Yet to Reach Traffic Projections

BELLEVILLE, IL (AP) - A study by the Illinois Department of Transportation indicates traffic on a new bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis isn't at projected traffic levels. Read More »

St. Louis Aldermen OK Music Festivals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis will apparently be host two big annual music festivals starting in 2015. Read More »

FutureGen Signs Deal With Construction Unions

JACKSONVILLE, IL (AP) - The coal-industry group working with the Department of Energy to build the FutureGen clean-coal project says it has signed deals with 17 unions ahead of construction. Read More »

Steely Dan to Play Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair. Read More »

Fatal Shooting in Suburban Kansas City

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say three people have been shot and killed in suburban Kansas City. Read More »

Possible Issues After Deadly Bus Crash

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators say they will review whether a stretch of California freeway where a bus carrying students was struck by a big rig should have had a barrier down the median to prevent head-on collisions. Read More »

Oberweis Backs Illinois Minimum Wage 'Compromise'

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis is introducing legislation to raise the minimum wage in Illinois for some workers. Read More »

Illinois Receives $22 Million for Wildlife Restoration

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois is set to receive millions of dollars from a federal agency for fish and wildlife conservation efforts. Read More »

AARP Backs Changes to Illinois Redistricting Process

CHICAGO (AP) - AARP Illinois is the latest organization to back a proposal that would change the way Illinois' House and Senate districts are drawn. Read More »

Family Dollar to Cut Jobs, Close About 370 Stores

MATTHEWS, NC (AP) — Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. Read More »

Several Communities Participating in Drug Take Back Day

WSIL -- Several southern Illinois communities are hosting collection events April 26 to take unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs. Read More »

Workers Recover Last Corvette from KY Sinkhole

BOWLING GREEN, KY (AP) - The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was somber as the mangled car was pulled to the surface. Read More »

Data Brokers Disciplined Over Consumer Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender. That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information Services. Read More »

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