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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Residents who live near a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire is burning are pushing for the immediate removal of nuclear waste that sits near the fire.

Several residents spoke out Monday at a rally near the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

West Lake actually includes two landfills. Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill is creating an odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit.

The smoldering is about 1,200 feet from a second landfill that includes Cold War era atomic waste.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Chris Whitley says the nuclear waste is not endangered by the underground fire, and plans are in place if it gets closer. Whitley says the EPA is still weighing how best to remediate the nuclear site.

Illinois ends the fiscal year billions in the red

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:28 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois finished the fiscal year on Sunday $6.1 billion in the red.

But Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Monday that the backlog of unpaid bills to schools, agencies, hospitals and businesses is expected to grow another $1.4 billion by next month.

The state collected $1.3 billion in unexpected tax revenue this spring from residents selling assets before new tax laws took effect.

Topinka says putting that money towards unpaid bills allowed the state to end the fiscal year in a better position than it otherwise would have.

However, she is warning that the windfall is a one-time occurrence and it does nothing to address the state's budget problems.

The comptroller's office estimates unpaid bills will rise to $7.5 billion in August and to nearly $9 billion by December.

 

Man shot and killed while answering door

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:06 Published in Local News

A senseless murder in a neighborhood near downtown St. Louis.

Police say a man was shot several times when he went to answer a knock on the back door of his apartment. 35-year-old Mark Wells lived in the apartment at Samual Shepard and Leffingwell--several blocks northeast of Harris-Stowe University--with some of his kids. When he went to answer the door, police believe several suspects shot through the door and killed him.

Two of his boys were asleep upstairs when the shooting occurred. Evidence points towards multiple guns being used.

Police have no suspects and ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers 1-866-371-TIPS.

 

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