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    Rally protests Patriot bankruptcy plan

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Fourteen people have been arrested in St. Louis after another rally in opposition to Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan. Hundreds of miners and supporters gathered today to plant 1,000 white crosses in Kiener Plaza to honor the memory of those who died at coal mines operated by three St. Louis coal companies — Patriot, Peabody...

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    Doctors ask for medical marijuana legalization

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses. Three physicians spoke during a news conference today. They say marijuana can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with diseases such as cancer and HIV. The Illinois House is expected...

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    Feds: Doctors may have done unneeded tracheotomies

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    An investigation of a Chicago hospital includes allegations it may have performed unnecessary tracheotomies to pull in additional revenue. Authorities today arrested Sacred Heart Hospital’s owner Edward Novak, as well as another executive and four doctors in an alleged kickback conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the alleged scheme involved kickbacks for the referral...

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    Murray Center lawsuit details obstacles to transition

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The plaintiffs in the federal case to halt the closure of the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia filed nearly 40 pages of declarations and exhibits yesterday, providing among other things multiple accounts of the State’s intent to shutter all state operated developmental centers (SODCs) and offer only community integrated living arrangements (CILAs) as...

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    Bill would allow repeat DUI offenders to drive

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      The story of a recovering alcoholic who wants to help others inspired a bill to allow repeat drunk-driving offenders to obtain a restricted driving permit.   According to bill sponsor Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook democrat, people convicted of DUI are driving anyway. She said they’re driving to and from work if there...

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