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(AP) The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest. The DEA's St. Louis office said Friday that the six states covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for disposal. The St. Louis DEA says it collected 21,232 pounds of drugs in Missouri, 8,753 pounds in Kansas, 5,422 pounds in Nebraska, 5,365 pounds in Iowa, 1,490 pounds in South Dakota and 4,424 pounds in southern Illinois. Another DEA office is responsible for the rest of Illinois.
(AP) Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-crafted tax plan that contained breaks for businesses but would have taken money from the state's rainy day reserves. The Republican-led Legislature sent Dayton the bill Thursday night and he had a few days to mull it over, but the Democratic governor struck it down Friday morning. The bill casts a shadow over an impending vote on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan because some lawmakers suggested they would look more favorably on the stadium package if Dayton signed the tax plan. Republicans who crafted the bill have argued that freezing a statewide property tax levy on businesses and relaxing some company sales tax rules would motivate new hiring. Dayton and Democrats complained that it would blow a bigger hole in the state budget.
Ira Robins says he has a plan to put a halt to candidates in the state accepting campaign money from special interest groups. The Democratic Lt. Governor candidate says it's easy.
At a forum last night in Sparta, Robins says his independence makes him
the best candidate for lieutenant governor, especially since he has a
plan, investigative experience, and proven courage required to stop the negative
effects of special interest money on our elected officials. Robins is best known
for his investigation into the wrongful murder conviction of Laurie Bambi
Dr. Hari Trevedi is running for Governor in Wisconsin and is not running as a democrat or republican. At a forum last night, the physician and professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, explained why he is running as an Independent.
Trivedi places himself in the middle of the political spectrum and while he's never held elected office, he insists voters should take his candidacy seriously.
A new La Crosse city policy that would end cash grants to businesses in TIF districts appears to have stalled for now. A city council committee has rejected a new TIF policy put forward by mayor Matt Harter in response to a proposal from Kwik Trip to expand at their headquarters. In that complicated deal, Kwik Trip stands to get cash back through TIF financing. Harter wants something in place that restricts that. The new policy would do that as well as eliminate job incentives for businesses through TIFs and standardize who receives TIF financing and why. The council committee expressed concern that the new policy simply was not ready.