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Tony La Russa picked for Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:28 Published in Sports

   When the new members are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer, former Cardinal's manager Tony La Russa will be among them.  The third winningest manager in the major leagues was voted in Monday at Baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.

   Mangers Joe Torre and Bobby Cox were also voted in unanimously.  

   La Russa skippered the Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, retiring after the Cards won the World Series.  Before coming to St. Louis, he steered the Oakland A's and Chicago White Sox.

   The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown.

Quinn: Ill. to build, renovate affordable housing

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:14 Published in Local News

   Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide.

   The Chicago Democrat said in a statement yesterday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.

   The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.

   Residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income to qualify for the units. That's about $35,000 in the Chicago area.

   In Edwardsville, an existing independent living development serving seniors and people with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and a new wing built, creating and preserving 70 affordable apartments.  

   In Aurora, the state plans to acquire and rehabilitate 40 vacant single-family homes. In Chicago, a 106-unit development for seniors will be built on the site of an abandoned building and unused tennis courts.

   Units also are planned for the Bloomington-Normal area, Galesburg, Marion and Springfield.

 

Federal court panel stays Missouri man's execution

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:57 Published in Local News

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has stayed a Missouri man's execution a little more than a day before he was set to die.

   Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994.

   But late Monday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to stay the execution on Nicklasson's claims of ineffective counsel.

   A stay such as this in a death row case is not unusual and does not mean the execution ultimately will be scuttled.

   The state is expected to appeal the decision to the full appeals court.

 

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