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Ill. Senate Eyes Tax on Soft Drinks

An Illinois lawmaker wants a soda tax as part of an effort to promote healthy living.


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Father Fights for Eyewitness Testimony Measure

The father of a man exonerated for murder is focused on eyewitness identification procedures.


Police block the entrance to Kirkwood High School during a lockdown on December 17, 2013.

Journalists Could Face Felony Under New Legislation

New legislation is being proposed after an incident where a reporter attempted to test school security.


State Reps Cracking Down on Heroin Abuse

A group of Republicans in the Illinois House are looking to attack the issue of heroin abuse.



Mo. House Panel To Hear ‘Right To Work’ Bill

The first bill being considered by a Missouri House committee this year would prohibit the payment of union fees from being a condition of employment.



Gov. Quinn Will Sign Gay Marriage Bill This Month

The Chicago Democrat told reporters Wednesday that it’s a matter of logistics for planning an event that will involve numerous activists and advocates involved in lobbying for the measure.


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Debate On Gay Marriage Legislation Begins in Illinois

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago addressed House members Tuesday on the floor before the bill was to be called for a vote.


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Nixon Signs Missouri Military and Veterans Measures

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed seven bills dealing with the military and veterans.


Missouri Motorcycle Riders Had Good Legislative Year

Missouri motorcyclists would benefit from several bills awaiting the governor’s signature this year.


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The Stan Span Inches Closer to Reality

Missouri House members gave the legislation final approval 149-1 on Monday. It now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.





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