The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a law that created a $31 billion statewide construction program.
It unanimously rejected arguments that lawmakers improperly mixed together different issues in a single piece of legislation.
The court on Monday said all parts of the law had "a natural and logical connection" to the public works program.
Engineers who studied the Joplin Home Depot where at least seven people died say the store's construction method might have led to some of the deaths.
The Kansas City Star reports that the "tilt-up wall" method used at the Joplin store met city codes, but didn't offer much protection when an EF-5 tornado roared through the community.
SSM Health Care will not Hire Smokers Starting in July
A St. Louis-based health care organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example, so smokers need not apply.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July.
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