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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a St. Louis County attorney to be the new chairman of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.
Nixon on Friday appointed Andrew Leonard. He replaces Robert O'Loughlin, who resigned Thursday after 35 years on the board, including five as chairman.
The CVC promotes the St. Louis region as a convention and meeting site and a tourism destination.
Leonard is a partner in the Chesterfield law firm of McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer. His term on the CVC expires September 19th, 2015.
The commission consists of 11 members, five of whom are appointed by the St. Louis mayor, five by the St. Louis County executive, and one by the governor. The governor's appointee serves as chairman.
CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama is railing against attempts by, quote, a "faction of the far right" to undermine his health care law.
Obama tells an audience near Kansas City, Missouri quote, "They're focused on trying to mess with me. They're not focused on you."
Obama spoke shortly after the Republican-controlled House voted cut spending for the health care law, as part of a measure to extend current spending into December.
Obama says failure to raise the debt ceiling would send the economy into a tailspin.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Representatives from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies from Missouri and Illinois will gather in St. Louis next week for a workshop on cyberbullying.
The organization Child Safety Day is hosting the workshop on Wednesday. It will be led by Tina Meier, whose 13-year-old daughter, Megan, committed suicide in 2006 after being the victim of cyberbullying.
Organizers say the workshop will include police officers conducting a mock re-investigation of the Megan Meier case using current state laws instituted after Megan's death.
Organizers of the workshop say bullying on the Internet can play a role not only in suicides but in school shootings and other tragedies.
Authorities are still unable to identify the body of a young woman that washed up on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Hannibal area.
The Marion County Sheriff is asking for the public's help to ID the body. The victim was apparently 15 to 30 years of age, 5-foot-3 and weighing about 135 pounds with shoulder-length black hair.
CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) - Organizers of an outdoor festival featuring the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse say they'll make good on their debts.
The Southern Illinoisan reports the company that put on the festival issued a statement saying it has "no intention of turning its back on these financial obligations."
The Gathering of the Juggalos was presented by Psychopathic Records Inc. The yearly festival drew tens of thousands of people to southern Illinois for a week of music and entertainment.
Vendors have been complaining that they've received bad checks to cover the costs of the event near Cave-In-Rock.
St. Louisans will celebrate an annual Fall tradition in the Gateway City with the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow Friday night. This is the 41st anniversary for the event which proceeds the Great Balloon Race scheduled for Saturday. The Balloon Glow runs from 7:00 until 9:15 tonight on the Central Fields, with a fireworks display to follow. Festivities on race-day begin with food and entertainment at noon. The hare balloon will launch at 4:30, with the hounds to follow at 4:45. Should weather force the cancellation of the race on Saturday, it will be held on Sunday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper was saved by his bulletproof vest during a shootout.
The incident started after a suspect walked into a First Bank in Marthasville. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and sped away from the scene. A State Trooper was in the area and chased the suspect onto a nearby highway. The suspect stopped his vehicle and started shooting at the officer. He was hit in the chest, but was able to shoot back and hit the suspect in the leg.
The trooper was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.
The suspect is receiving treatment at St. John's Mercy Medical Center.
iPhone frenzy is in full effect. Dozens of eager customers braved the drizzling rain outside the AT&T store in Brentwood to get their hands on one of the new iPhone models. The first customers in line arrived as early as 4:15 a.m. This is the first year Apple has released two iPhones on the same day. The new offerings include the lower-end iPhone 5C and the costlier iPhone 5S. The 5C model is made with plastic, comes in five colors, and is equipped with 16 gigs of ram. The higher-end 5S model comes with a fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor. The AT&T store in Brentwood expects to be sold out of the new iPhone by the end of the day on Friday. New orders can be shipped directly to your home.
Two State Representatives are introducing legislation in Springfield to eliminate the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. Democratic Representatives Sue Scherer and Jack Franks are sponsoring the measure. If approved, the bill would remove the 6.25 percent sales tax starting next July. On Friday, GasBuddy.com reported the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Illinois is $3.62. That is 10 cents above the national average and about 22 cents higher than a gallon of regular gas in St. Louis.
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.