• Unemployment rises with seasonal adjustments

    by  • December 12, 2013

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. The labor department...

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    Tornado victims receive tax extensions

    by  • December 12, 2013

    Governor pat Quinn today announced that residents affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes will now have until may 31, 2014 to file any tax returns due on or after Nov. 15. Individuals and businesses who normally file quarterly returns won’t have the pressure to file those returns or payments while trying to recover from...

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    Judge rules Murray state wards members of federal lawsuit

    by  • December 11, 2013

    A Clinton County judge on Wednesday gave the supporters the Murray Center “a huge Christmas present,” according to state Rep. Charlie Meier. Judge William Becker ruled that the 23 residents of Murray Center who are wards of the state are included in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Murray guardians and...

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    Woodlawn deacon pleads not guilty to child sex assaults

    by  • December 11, 2013

    A 68-year-old Woodlawn deacon and retired carpenter appeared in Jefferson County court Tuesday, on charges of sexually assaulting children. Charles “Charlie” Sanders, of Woodlawn appeared with his attorney, Nicole Villani for a first advisement and arraignment. According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, Sanders was advised of the charges against him and pleaded...

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    Ill. and Mo., make slight improvements in health

    by  • December 11, 2013

    Missouri and Illinois have made slight health improvements along with the rest of the country, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings Report. The 2013 report, which was released by United Health Foundation, ranks Missouri at No. 39 and Illinois at No. 30 on the list of all 50 states. Missouri moved up a...

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