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Alton Police looking for missing 82 yr. old woman

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 04:03 Published in Local News

   Alton police are searching for a missing 82 year old woman.  Police say Shirley Plunk was last seen late Monday morning at the Hillcrest Apartments in Alton.  

   Plunk is 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 250 pounds with gray hair.  

   Police say she rarely ventures outside of Alton and drives a grayish-green 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Illinois license plate: CEPSMP.  

   Anyone with information is encouraged to call Alton police at 618-463-3505.

Macy's downtown St. Louis store has closed

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:44 Published in Local News

   The Macy's department store in downtown St. Louis is now closed.  The retailer shut its doors for good Tuesday.  

   Macy's officials had announced in June that it was closing the store that had been open under various names for nearly 90 years.  Under the Famous-Barr name, the nearly 190,000 square foot department store occupied seven floors of the Railway Exchange Building on Olive Street.  

   Macy's officials have said previously they would try to relocate the store's nearly 100 employees to other stores in the area. Another 100 employees in the company's corporate and district offices have moved to Macy's Earth City offices.

   Property taxes will remain the same for homeowners in the Ferguson-Florissant School District after voters rejected the district's first tax hike request in 21 years.  

   Only 42 percent of voters in Tuesday's election approved the measure that would have raised taxes by 75 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation.  The tax hike would have raised about $6 million for district schools. 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the district is facing a projected $4.6 million shortfall for the coming school year, despite cutting before- and after-school programs and freezing teacher pay.

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