Low-interest loans are now available to some residents and business owners in St. Louis and St. Charles county who were affected by storms between May 29 and June 10.
The funds are coming from the US Small Business Administration. Homeowners could receive as much as $200,000 to replace homes or land. Businesses and nonprofits could as be eligible for up to $2 million in loans to repair or replace land, property, or other business assets. Loan rates start as low as 1.8%.
More information is available from the SBA's Customer Service at 1-800-659-2955 or www.sba.gov/disaster.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge is hearing arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit being heard Tuesday before Circuit Judge Sophia Hall involves 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied.
However, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has refused to defend the state's ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. She says it violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has argued against the ban because the case brings the constitutionality of state laws into question.
Clerks from downstate were allowed to intervene and defend the ban.
Illinois approved civil unions in 2011, but attempts to legalize gay marriage have stalled.
Police say they have a captured a suspect in a Creve Couer bank robbery.
The robbery happened on Olive Boulevard. The man implied he had a weapon and left with the cash. Witnesses at the bank were able to provide a description of the suspect's car--that helped police capture the man.
The suspect has not been identified pending charges.
Student leaders and over a hundred mentors spent time transitioning Normandy students to the Francis Howell School District.
475 Normandy students made the leap to the accredited district. The number breaks down to 168 elementary school students, 164, middle school students, and 143 high schoolers. The kids spent the day getting tours of the schools, participating in team-building activities, and locating their lockers.
The first day of school is Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a "landmark" case.
Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.
A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.
Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' pay from the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn't act on pensions.
The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn's line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers' salaries. If the court upholds Quinn's amendatory veto, plaintiffs want the court to declare Quinn's action unconstitutional.
Quinn says his move is constitutional.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing a wastewater permit for a horse slaughter facility planned for northwest Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Rains Natural Meats wants to operate the facility near Gallatin, but Cole County Judge Daniel Green wants to hear a lawsuit filed against DNR before allowing the critical permit.
Three horse slaughter opponents have sued the DNR to block the permit, which would let the facility land-apply the wastewater from the proposed plant.
Their lawsuit argues that horses treated with a gamut of drugs that could be dangerous to human health would be slaughtered at the facility.
Rains Natural Meats vice president David Rains called the judge's order illegal and said he was fighting to have it overturned.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing drunk-driving charges - for the 10th time.
Florissant police on Monday stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense. Authorities say the driver, 53-year-old Joseph Arthur Hayes of Florissant, was arrested.
Prosecutors charged Hayes with driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.
St. Louis County Police say Hayes had 9 prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and for driving while suspended or revoked.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The elevator where a St. Louis musician fell to his death was registered with the state of Missouri but an operating certificate had not been issued.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed the Missouri Department of Public Safety database following the death of Bob Reuter. Reuter, a musician and radio show host, died Saturday afternoon after falling down an elevator shaft while moving into a downtown loft.
Police say Reuter opened the door to the nearly 100-year-old elevator and stepped into the shaft, falling about 18 feet.
State regulations require each elevator to be registered with the Division of Fire Safety and to be inspected annually. The newspaper says the elevator was registered in February, but a state elevator registry shows no record of inspection or operating certificate.
Today a new beer garden opens at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Soulard. Most St. Louisans are familiar with the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, which draws around 350,000 people every year, and now those people have one final stop to make. The new 10,000 square foot, outdoor beer garden features a full menu, 17 beers on tap, and room for 300 people. There's also a daily Brewmasters tasting as well as photo ops available with the Budweiser Clydesdales. The beer garden is the first of its kind at AB-InBev's 12 breweries in the United States. And while the tour remains free of charge, including two free beers, A-B will charge for all food and drink at the beer garden.
Three people are hurt after a triple shooting overnight in north St. Louis. It happened just before 2:00am Tuesday in the 5400 of Genevieve Avenue. Police say a woman in her 30's was shot in the leg.
A man, also in his 30's, was shot in the hip, and a man in his late teens was shot in the leg. Police say the two men and the woman are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody.