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Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

stltoday.com — CHICAGO * The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970.

St. Louis priest charged with having sexual contact with boy at school

stltoday.com — ST. LOUIS * A Catholic priest who was previously accused of having improper contact with a teenage girl from Lincoln County was charged Friday with new sex crimes in St. Louis. Prosecutors on Friday charged the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, 31, of hte 3400 block of Lafayette Avenue in St.
St. Louis priest charged with having sexual contact with boy at school: bit.ly/1i2HpbI via @STLtoday

Left Bank Books to close downtown store

stltoday.com — Left Bank Books will close its downtown St. Louis store next month, falling back to its flagship location in the Central West End. "It was a painful decision and it was arrived at literally after several months of soul-searching and back-and-forth," said Kris Kleindienst, who co-owns the independent bookstore at 321 North Tenth Street, with her husband, Jarek Steele.
Very sad news: Another St. Louis book store is closing. Farewell, Left Bank Books Downtown. ... fb.me/6iJiftcFA

Haith: "It was really tough for me to leave Missouri"

stltoday.com — COLUMBIA, Mo. * Tulsa introduced Frank Haith as its new basketball coach Friday afternoon, shortly after Missouri athletics director Mike Alden discussed the process of replacing his former coach. A few notes from Haith's introductory press conference: * He brought two members of his Mizzou staff to Tulsa: assistant coach Dave Leitao and strength and conditioning coach Todor Pandov.

Editorial: Missourians support ethics reform. Why won't Legislature act?

stltoday.com — Occasionally, we wish we weren't so prescient. Last December, for example, as the 2014 legislative session was getting ready to start,we said this about the prospects of meaningful ethics reform being passed: "It's hard to believe that lawmakers who benefit from sleazy ethics and campaign finance laws can summon the integrity to enact serious reform.
"Missourians want ethics reform because they want to believe in their government again." ow.ly/vVntv
Because some are unethical. MT @tonymess Editorial: Missourians back ethics reform. Why won't lawmakers act? ow.ly/vVdkU #moleg
Editorial: Missourians support ethics reform. Why won't Legislature act? ow.ly/vVdkU #moleg

Editorial: Another magical, destructive tax-cut bill must die

stltoday.com — Republicans in the Missouri Legislature, having performed their annual tax-cut pageant for extremist political donors, can now relax and wait for Gov. Jay Nixon to take them off the hook.

Quenneville apologizes for inappropriate gesture in Game 1

stltoday.com — Joel Quenneville didn't hide his emotions in the second overtime period at Scottrade Center. To his credit, he didn't mince words when talking about it on Friday. The incident happened midway through the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 win in three overtimes on Thursday.
MORNING SKATE: Quenneville apologizes for inappropriate gesture in Game 1; Oshie and Berglund practice bit.ly/1i2U0fe via @STLtoday

Lyft ride-sharing app set for Good Friday showdown in St. Louis

stltoday.com — ST. LOUIS * The Lyft ride-sharing app is prepared for a Good Friday showdown in St. Louis. A spokeswoman for the San Francisco based company said its smartphone app will ignore a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission and go live at 7 p.m. Friday-no matter what.
The @lyft ridesharing app set to go live in #STL, despite threats to shut it down stltoday.com/news/local/gov…

Tiger Bytes: Mike Alden can't blow it ... again

stltoday.com — At the time I write this, it's all conditional ... But if the reports are true and if Frank Haith becomes the new basketball coach at Tulsa, Mizzou will set off on yet another frightening adventure in search for a new hoops coach.
Before we get to Haith's press conference at Tulsa, here's @miklasz take: "Alden can't blow it ... again" stltoday.com/sports/columns…
RT @miklasz: From earlier Thursday night, my take on Mizzou:Alden can't mess up again. The pressure is on ... bit.ly/1ivCtkd via …
RT @miklasz: From earlier Thursday night, my take on Mizzou:Alden can't mess up again. The pressure is on ... bit.ly/1ivCtkd via …
From earlier Thursday night, my take on Mizzou:Alden can't mess up again. The pressure is on ... bit.ly/1ivCtkd via @STLtoday