Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:12 Published in Local News
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Conservation Police is investigating the illegal killing last week of more than 30 ducks at the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area near Vandalia.
The ducks killed includes several northern pintails and mallards. Several ducks were left crippled. Duck hunting season closed Jan. 7 in the South Central Zone which includes Carlyle Lake.
Aerial surveys conducted in May indicated pintails numbered 3.3 million on the breeding grounds in the north-central United States and Canada. Waterfowl biologists and habitat managers have worked hard to keep pintail numbers at levels high enough to sustain harvest.
Spring duck hunting was eliminated a century ago by the McLean-Weeks Act, which regulated the shooting of migratory birds in the United states. The act was replaced in 1918 by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:08 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.
Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.
Supporters say the measure would streamline traffic enforcement across different municipalities and give guidance to the courts. Opponents say it circumvents the point system and could keep dangerous drivers on the road.
The bill needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the Senate.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:04 Published in Local News
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The incoming president at Southern Illinois University will have the pay $250,000 if he leaves his new post within three and a half years.
That's according to a report by The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan.
The newspaper says there's a clause in Randy Dunn's four-year contract that requires him to reimburse the school.
Dunn is president of Youngstown State University in Ohio, but announced he was leaving the job after seven months.
SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Randal Thomas says the money covers the cost of another presidential search.
SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June.
Dunn has said he expects to begin work July 1.