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High Noon Five: Broadway Parking, Cave Fish May Be Endangered, MO Politicians Bad-Mouth Illinois

As Broadway construction comes to an end, city officials are now dealing with parking along the road. The $4.5 million project had taken nearly 65 parking spots away on the north end of Broadway. According to the Southeast Missourian, the city was able to come to a parking agreement with local property owners. The agreement was made with Trinity Lutheran Church and will provide 47 parking spots. Currently, this is the only agreement made, but officials say they have six other potential parking agreements to work out.

On this year's’ ballot, Illinois voters will decide if they want to make it harder for the government to increase pensions. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, some of the wording is making current pension receivers nervous. The nearly-700-word amendment may have conflicts with an already established clause that states, “the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” Opponents argue the pension plan is the benefit some government employee receive because they are not allowed to draw from social security. Supporters of the amendment say it will help decrease the state debt.

A Missouri fish could soon be added to the Endangered species list. The Southeast Missourian reports that the fish could have an effect on the local economy. The Grotto sculpin is only prevalent in a 5 cave systems in Missouri, and has seen a major decline since 2002. Due to Perryville’s recent economic growth, the area has become a target for new business. However, once the fish goes on the environmental protection program, any new business to the area will have to receive federal permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and may have to take extra precautions to protect the fish.

Missouri Republicans are trying to gain votes by bad-mouthing Illinois. According the St. Louis Beacon, the candidates are calling Illinois out on their financial situation. When Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder shared his views on the Affordable healthcare act, he said “financially strapped states – such as Illinois – were accepting federal money to bolster the health-care plan for the poor.” State Treasurer Candidate Cole McNary said Illinois’ pension plan is an example of where Missouri is headed if not altered. Not to be outdone, attorney general candidate Ed Martin said he would pledge against a government “bailout” for Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the stock market has closed for the first time in 27 years for weather related reasons. The hurricane predicted to be the largest in history to hit the mainland. The 1,000 mile storm has killed 66 in the Caribbean. With potentially 50 million people in its path, “nine U.S cities have declared a state of emergency.”

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