Missouri Won't Immediately Halt Planned Parenthood FundingPlanned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it.
GOP, Democrats Say Progress Made in Illinois Budget TalksThe money for higher education appears to be one area of agreement in the rival proposals introduced Tuesday.
Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood Groups to MergePlanned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced plans Wednesday to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July and open a new Oklahoma City clinic.
Local Group Pushes to Unify St. Louis City, CountyThose calling for the unification of St. Louis City and County say they're steadily gaining steam, especially on social media.
Rauner Optimistic About Reaching Budget DealAgreement has been elusive during the more than 10 months the Republican governor has faced off with Democrats who control the Legislature.
Missouri Senate OKs Fuel Tax Hike to Pay for Roads, BridgesThe bill now awaits action in the House, and it would also require voter approval.
Late-Payment Penalties Cost Illinois Over $900M in 6 YearsOfficials from the governor's office said in February that they'd be willing to explore the idea of borrowing money to reduce the bill backlog if the Legislature passed a balanced budget.
Recommendations Made to Shrink Illinois GovernmentsConsolidating local governments won’t be done in one large piece of legislation, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Task Force Puts Finishing Touches on RecommendationsThe final report of the task force will offer 27 recommendations on cutting down Illinois' approximately 7,000 units of local government, but also includes proposals to change prevailing wage laws.
St. Louisans Spending Big Bucks Keeping Dozens of City Halls OpenReport: 37 municipalities are spending more on administration -- keeping the lights on -- than on services like public safety, parks, etc.
FBI: St. Louis a Top Human Trafficking City in the U.S.Areas along Interstate 70 and 44 that have a high level of transportation see a larger prevalence of trafficking.
Illinois Treasurer To Auction Off Vintage Baseball Cards, Gold BarThe five-day online auction begins Monday.

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