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MoDOT has work planned this week that will close sections of the Poplar Street Bridge.
 
Crews will close the ramp from northbound Interstate 55 to the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge from 8 PM Wednesday until 5 AM Thursday. Then starting at 8 PM Thursday until 5 AM Friday, crews are closing the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the bridge.
 
On Wednesday night, commuters should use westbound I-70 to Salisbury Avenue, turn around on the bridge, and take eastbound I-70 to get onto the PSB.
 
On Thursday, drivers should detour southbound on I-55 to 7th Street, cross beneath the interstate, take a right on Marion Street, and then take northbound I-55 to get onto the PSB.
 
All work is weather permitting.
 
 
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:56
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An Illinois lawmaker is fighting back against the knockout game.
 
Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon, introduced the Knockout Assault Prevention Act. It would stiffen the penalties for anyone convicted of participating in the knockout game. The attack would become a Class 2 felony and carry a prison sentence between 3 and 7 years.
 
The knockout game has been reported in several states, including Missouri.
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:53
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CHICAGO (AP) - State regulators allege a doctor misled potential patients by offering "pre-approval" for medical marijuana through a Chicago clinic.
 
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Brian Murray, who has an active medical license, and a co-worker. Murray has been charged with violating the Medical Practice Act and faces revocation of his license.
 
The general manager with Good Intentions clinic said Tuesday that the allegations are baseless and anti-patient.
 
Illinois legalized medical marijuana this year. The law takes effect in January but medical marijuana won't be available for months as rules are worked out. The law says patients must have a serious medical condition and an established doctor relationship.
 
The complaint alleges the clinic offered potential patients early approval for a $99 registration fee.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:29
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new audit questions whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state or using benefits for alcohol, tobacco and gambling.
 
The report released Tuesday by State Auditor Tom Schweich (shwych) looks at about $96 million of benefits paid through electronic cards in 2012 for a program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
 
The audit found 366 cases in which recipients used a total of $461,000 of benefits exclusively out of state for at least three months. Although nothing prohibits out of state use, the report says that may indicate the welfare recipients no longer live in Missouri.
 
The audit also found about 1,600 cases in which $261,000 of benefits were used at locations appearing to be associated with alcohol, tobacco, gambling or adult entertainment.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:24
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.
 
The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.
 
The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.
 
Missouri's civilian labor force was about 3 million, which is down 244 from October. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:16
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The Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $636 million dollars.

 

The cash option for the jackpot is around $341 million. The near record-setting jackpot was helped in large part due to a change in the way Mega Millions is played.  

 

Players now choose five numbers from 1-75 and one number from 1-15. That change raised the odds from 1 in 176 million to the current odds of 1 in 259 million.

 

Those long odds are not slowing down ticket sales. Officials say it is still possible that tonight's jackpot could be raised again.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:22
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GALLATIN, Mo. (AP) - A small northwest Missouri company is preparing to slaughter horses for meat after a federal appeals court lifted an emergency stay on U.S. horse slaughter operations.
 
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted a temporary motion that blocked horse slaughter plants from opening.
 
David Rains, of Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, said Tuesday he has seven horses at his property ready for slaughter, but is still waiting for an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service before beginning work.
 
It was the third time in five months that Rains and two other U.S. companies prepared to open horse slaughtering operations. Each time a court move has prevented them from opening.
 
Rains says the issue is so contentious that he's received death threats.
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:15
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Kansas and Missouri residents will be out during the next three weeks counting the birds in their states.
 
It's part of an annual national effort that began more than 100 years ago, called the Christmas Bird Count.
 
The count began Dec. 14 and will continue through Jan. 5. Bird enthusiasts plan gatherings or individuals simply count the number of birds they see in their backyards.
 
The Joplin Globe reports the bird count began in 1900, with only a few dozen observers in 25 locations. Last year, more than 71,000 people participated in 2,369 locations.
 
Audubon and other organizations use data collected in the count to determine the health of bird populations. If a certain species is declining, conservation measures can be implemented to help that species rebound.
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:49
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A startling admission from the EPA concerning radioactive waste at the Westlake Landfill.
 
At a meeting Monday night EPA officials admitted that they have found new radioactive waste outside of the existing fence line. The fence was erected to keep workers away from the buried waste.
 
Harvey Ferdman, policy advisor to Representative Bill Otto joined McGraw Tuesday morning. Ferdman says the EPA had new information about the waste coming in contact with groundwater, "The said and I wrote this down, they are now seeing it in more places than before. And that's a very big admission from the EPA to say that. They've been in the past saying, that it appeared not to be moving around."
 
The Westlake landfill is adjacent to the Bridgeton Landfill that is the site of an underground fire that has been smoldering for years.
 
Video: Policy Analyst Harvey Ferdman: EPA Says Radioactive Waste has Reached Groundwater 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:49
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a small southeast Missouri town after police allegedly threatened to arrest a homeless couple for holding a sign asking for help.
 
The ACLU filed suit Monday on behalf of the homeless couple, Edward Gillespie and Brandalyn Orchard. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau names the city of Miner and two unidentified police officers.
 
The lawsuit claims that in late September, Gillespie and Orchard were holding a sign that read, "Traveling. Anything helps. God bless." A Miner officer told them to leave.
 
The ACLU says the officer later showed copies of city ordinances related to vagrancy, begging and loitering. A second officer arrived and the couple was told to leave town or face arrest.
 
A Miner police spokesman declined comment.
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