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Affordable Care Act bringing 600 jobs to Wentzville

Monday, 23 September 2013 00:04 Published in Local News

   Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the St. Louis area because of the Affordable Care Act.

   The contract service company, Serco is hiring 600 people in Wentzville to do health insurance processing.  Serco is a private firm that specializes in providing management, technical and other services to the federal government.

   Starting today (Monday) through Friday Serco representatives will be meeting with job applicants at the National Information Solutions Cooperative at One Innovation Circle in Lake St. Louis. The company is asking that applications be submitted online at Serco's website.  

   Anyone who wants to apply in person can do so on Friday only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Fair St. Louis moving off Arch Grounds for 2014

Friday, 20 September 2013 04:10 Published in Local News

   For the first time ever, Fair St. Louis won't be held on the Arch grounds next year.  Work on a $380 million plan to improve the downtown area around the Gateway Arch will get in the way.  

   Mayor Slay's office confirms the fair will have to move, but won't say where.  But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that it will likely be held in Forest Park.  

   The paper quotes St. Louis parks director Gary Bess as saying that he was told to plan for the event near the Grand Basin in Forest Park.

   A formal venue announcement is expected in late October.

11, including girl, 3, shot in Chicago park

Friday, 20 September 2013 03:45 Published in National News

   CHICAGO (AP) — Eleven people, including a 3 year old child, were injured late Thursday when someone opened fire on people in a park located in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

   Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition, officials said.

   Officer Amina Greer said the shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. According to Greer, at least 10 ambulances responded to the scene, transporting victims to several area hospitals.

   A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people in the area. He said his 3-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek.

   "They hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house," he said. "They've been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It's what they do."

   Authorities said no one had been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

   Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She said went down to see what was going on and "a lot of youngsters were running scared." She said she was surprised by what had happened, saying she has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years.

   She told the Sun-Times there hasn't been much gun violence in the neighborhood in recent years, adding the neighborhood went from good to bad 10 years ago, to better recently.

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