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ILLINOIS LAWMAKER SALARIES-LAWSUIT: A judge ruled that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to halt legislators’ pay over the state’s unprecedented pension crisis is unconstitutional and ordered the state to immediately reinstate their salaries, but confusion lingered about whether lawmakers would actually get paid.

DAY OF CARING: It takes hands to cook the food at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center, and bodies to deliver it. Having extras always helps. The United Way of the Mark Twain Area sent the center eight volunteers to help prepare more than 400 meals on Thursday.

LEAGUE TAX: Ralph Martire and some League of Women Voters state leaders talked about the ways the state could rework its tax system on Thursday night.



MENDERSKI COLUMN: I imagined a different kind of Grape Escape. When a co-worker mentioned going to the “Great River Grape Escape” I didn’t think about great local wine, music and food. I never considered Spirit Knob, the Village Vineyard or Baxter’s Vineyard. This celebration welcomes guests 21 and older. My mind went straight to Play-Doh, the toy aisle at Toys R’ Us and an old Parker Brothers board game for ages 5 and up.

FLU VACCINE: More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials are urging families to do even better this time around.



BUDGET BATTLE-OBAMA: This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts.

BUDGET BATTLE-FURLOUGHS: Workers at federal agencies, museums and parks expecting furloughs if government shuts down.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Officials say an international conference on climate change has adopted a long-awaited report on global warming after all-night talks. The report is expected to say that scientists are now more certain than ever that global warming is man-made.

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY-WHITE HOUSE: Four of President Barack Obama’s top advisers are in Detroit for private meetings with state and local leaders about ways the federal government can help the struggling city, though there is no plans for a bailout. But it remains unclear how much Washington can do to help a city that’s become the largest in the U.S. to file for bankruptcy and whether the city can change its history of spending mismanagement.

AG HOLDER-JPMORGAN: JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon meets with Attorney General Eric Holder about an investigation into the company’s handling of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the recession. Holder declined to characterize the discussions, but a government official familiar with ongoing negotiations said an $11 billion national settlement is under review to resolve claims against JPMorgan.

INDONESIA-MISS WORLD DRAMA: Most would expect a little backstage drama when dealing with beauty queens from 131 countries all vying for the coveted Miss World crown and sash, but this year’s hair pulling and name calling has come in a different form with host country Indonesia caving into Muslim hardliners threatening to hijack the competition.

CELLPHONES-PLANES: The Federal Aviation Administration will consider a recommendation next week that restrictions on airline passengers’ use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices be eased during takeoffs and landings.

SUPER RECOGNIZERS: Paul Hyland almost never forgets a face. He’s a “super recognizer,” and that’s giving an unusual kind of help to his employer: Scotland Yard. About 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad that has have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults.

BRIEFLY: Dozens are feared trapped as building collapses in Indian city of Mumbai; Senators want to limit NSA snooping into U.S. phone records, create new privacy protections; Obama and India’s prime minister meet at the White House amid concerns relations have stagnated; Obama administration: Supreme Court ruling allows colleges to take steps to achieve diversity; Senate seeks to ditch genetically modified crops law that has sparked controversy; The U.S. and its international partners emerge from a meeting with Iran declaring that a “window of opportunity has opened” to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff; The five permanent members of the deeply divided U.N. Security Council reach agreement on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, a major step in taking the most controversial weapon off the battlefield of the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict; Interpol issues alert for “the white widow,” a British-born Muslim convert who was married to one of the suicide bombers who attacked London’s transit system in 2005, amid suspicions she took part in Nairobi attack.



UNEMPLOYMENT: Another low unemployment rate for Quincy and Adams County was both good and bad news for Marcel Wagner Jr. The president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation said low jobless rates represent a double-edged sword for development officials.

KRIEGER’S: Jim Curry, the franchise holder of the Quincy Krieger’s, said his restaurant in the Quincy Mall should reopen by Nov. 1 after a salad bar is added and other remodeling is done.

CARPENTER: Adams County Master Gardener Cathy Carpenter has been named one of 44 statewide Outstanding Master Gardeners.

BROWN-JOINER SENTENCING: A Springfield woman who was part of a group that stole items a Quincy electronics store in April received probation Thursday for her role in the heist.

LEAPS OF LOVE: The Salvation Army Kroc Center will take a special leap Saturday to help children with cancer. The center is teaming with Leaps of Love, a Hannibal nonprofit, to offer an afternoon of fun for children with cancer and their families.



HANCOCK HEALTH: Hancock County Health Department has a new administrator. Amy McAllister, previously a deputy to the McDonough County Health Department administrator, has taken on the post.

ST LOUIS ZOO-EXPANSION: St. Louis Zoo officials gave their backing Thursday to an ambitious expansion plan that envisions the addition of a high-end hotel and research center, as well as new and upgraded animal exhibits.

SPACE STATION-ILLINOIS GRAD: An American who’s now aboard the International Space Station is a Missouri native and University of Illinois alum who once played football for the school.

ONLINE SEX ADS: Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source — conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

FAMILY SLAIN-COSTS: Logan County is facing a $419,000 tab for the trial and court proceedings for two central Illinois man who were charged in the deaths of five members of a Beason family.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ALERTS: A new system of beacons and a computer software program are being installed at the University of Missouri to help quickly get the word out in case of emergencies, a university official said.

TORTURE COMMISSION DIRECTOR: The executive director of an Illinois commission investigating allegations of torture by police has resigned after criticisms that the panel wasn’t properly reporting cases that were being examined. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission’s executive director David Thomas “did the right thing” in stepping down from his post.

CLAYTON LIBRARY: Clayton Library open house is celebrating 10 years in the Clayton Medical Clinic Building. BRIEF. NT

BRIEFLY: A southwest Missouri contractor has admitted that he stole more than $73,000 from an elderly couple who hired him to repair their home after the May 2011 Joplin tornado; A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Missouri law from the Prohibition era that requires state residency for alcohol wholesalers; With its fixed budget, the current top federal prosecutor in Chicago says there’s nothing more his office can do to help stem city violence than it’s already doing; Residents of Dixon are considering what to do with $40 million that the city has won as part of a settlement involving the theft of more than $53 million; An Illinois judge promises to rule on the future of a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state; Illinois education officials are informing schools about a national shortage of a vaccine that’s required for students in grades six through 12; The executive board of the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO is supporting gay marriage; The Illinois Army National Guard says two of its soldiers have been decorated for helping hold off a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last month; A barrier to keep the invasive Asian carp away is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year at the Lake Decatur dam; The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld a Chicago landmarks ordinance designed to protect hundreds of historic buildings and 50 neighborhood districts; An American Airlines flight from Chicago to St. Louis was forced to return to O’Hare International Airport after a camcorder battery caused a fire in an overhead compartment.



AUTOS-OLD CARS: The current boom in U.S. auto sales has been fueled by consumers replacing cars they held onto during the recession. But Jim Lentz, Toyota’s North American CEO, tells The Associated Press in an interview that pent-up demand will likely be satisfied by the end of next year. If that happens, and the economy is still sputtering, the pace of sales is sure to slow.

TEC-PAYPAL-BRAINTREE: E-commerce giant eBay Inc. reached a deal to buy online and mobile payments technology provider Braintree for $800 million in cash. T

McDONALD’S-HEALTHY SIDES: Want a side salad with that Big Mac? McDonald’s says it will start giving customers the choice of a salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute for french fries in its value meals.

GENERAL MOTORS-GOVERNMENT STOCK: The U.S. government is starting another phase of selling off its General Motors stock it took on during the financial crisis after cutting its stake in the automaker to just over 7 percent. So far taxpayers have recovered about $35.4 billion and are likely to lose around $10 billion on the deal.

BRIEFCASE: Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week to their lowest point in two months; Nissan Motor Co. recalls 908,900 vehicles around the world for defective accelerator sensors that could cause the engine to stall; A senior partner at a New York accounting firm pleads not guilty to federal charges that he aided financier Bernard Madoff in his epic fraud; Only seven out of 74 midsize vehicles earn the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions.



HANNIBAL ARREST: A Hannibal man was arrested Thursday as the result of an investigation by the Hannibal Police Department Special Response Team and the Narcotics Unit.

ADAMS COUNTY CRASH: One woman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of North 2100th and East 2100th northwest of Camp Point.

HURDLAND ATV ACCIDENT: A Hurdland, Mo., driver was seriously injured in an ATV accident north of Hurdland Thursday afternoon.

CARBONDALE CHIEF’S GUN-SHOOTING DEATH: A special prosecutor will examine the 2011 theft of a southern Illinois police chief’s gun that was later used in a fatal shooting. A Jackson County judge has signed off on having a prosecutor with the Illinois attorney general’s office review the case, at the request of Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

SHERIFF-CHARGES: A central Missouri sheriff is facing charges including harassment and stalking that investigators say occurred between last October and June. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has been charged with misdemeanors for sexual misconduct, third-degree assault, harassment and stalking. He also was charged with a felony for tampering with a motor vehicle.

INTERSTATE CRASH-FOUR DEAD: Police say four people died after a rollover crash in the Chicago suburb of Addison.

FREEWAY CRASH-THREE DEAD: Three people are dead after their sport utility vehicle left a southern Illinois freeway and overturned several times.

PLANE CRASH-ILLINOIS: A second person died in a fiery plane crash a day after a single-engine plane crash in suburban Chicago.

ATM THEFTS: Three Chicago ATM repair workers are accused of looting the machines.

TRAFFIC STOP-THREE ARRESTED: Three men were arrested after authorities found drugs, cash and guns during a southern Illinois traffic stop.

BOY SCOUT VOLUNTEER-MOLESTATION: A former southwestern Illinois Boy Scout volunteer already imprisoned for molesting boys has been sentenced to 25 more years for sexual misconduct.

CAR BURGLARY-CRAIGSLIST: A St. Louis County man was charged with breaking into two cars after a robbery victim saw his stolen radar detector listed for sale on Craigslist.

CHILD ABDUCTION: A northern Arkansas mother faces a felony child endangerment charge after taking her newborn from a southeast Missouri hospital without permission.

HIGH SCHOOL GUARD-DEATH: Authorities say a security guard of a suburban Chicago high school died after attempting to break up a fight between two female students.

CHICAGO-TERROR ARREST: A lawyer for a suburban Chicago teenager accused of terrorism says the government’s bid to restrict access to some potential evidence on security grounds hinders her legal defense.



DEVILS BEATS CRIMSONS: Aubrey Disseler’s goal that nicked off the crossbar have the QHS boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over Jacksonville.

SCHUCKMAN COLUMN: Taylor Reis is making a smooth transition to playing for a European soccer club.

PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Highland senior Leia Baker most the most of her final home game, capping a 12-1 victory over Louisiana with a two-run homer.




Today … Sunny. High in the mid-80s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.




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