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Casino Riverboat fetches $600,000 at auction

Sunday, 06 April 2014 08:10 Published in Local News

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — The former riverboat that once served as the Casino Queen along East St. Louis' riverfront is under new ownership.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that federal marshals on Friday auctioned off the vessel called White Star One for $600,000.

There were 14 bids during the sale that lasted just five minutes and opened with a $200,000 bid.

Gerald Smallwood was one of the three bidders and represented a Florida man who had the winning offer. It's not immediately clear what that buyer — a former shipyard owner who owns riverfront properties in Kentucky — plans to do with the vessel.

The White Star has languished since the Casino Queen operation moved inland a few years ago.

Report criticizes former Joplin manager

Sunday, 06 April 2014 08:09 Published in Local News

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently released report says Joplin's former city manager did not get along with other city leaders before he was fired in February.

Joplin City administrators on Friday released supporting documents and full copies of the 31-page report by special investigator Thomas Loraine, an Osage Beach attorney.

The special report focuses on former City Manager Mark Rohr. The Joplin Globe and its parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated sought the report's release after Rohr was fired on February 4th. The report said Rohr tried to use divisions in the city council to his benefit.

The Joplin Globe reports that Rohr denies the allegations and says the divide in the Joplin city council made his job much more difficult.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are advocating for more restrictions on welfare recipients after a state audit raised questions over whether benefits are being used properly.

The report identified more than 300 cases in which Missouri welfare recipients spent their benefits exclusively outside the state during a three-month period.

Under legislation passed by the House, recipients would be kicked off the program if they don't spend their benefits within Missouri once every 90 days.

Lawmakers are also debating whether to loosen restrictions on where welfare money can be spent and who qualifies for assistance.

The House measure would allow people to use welfare dollars to buy food at liquor stores. A Senate bill would open the federal food stamps program to some drug felons.

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