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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Casinos across Missouri are reporting decreased revenue this summer, continuing a trend seen at most of the state's 13 riverboat gambling sites last year.

Overall revenues for July were more than $9.5 million less than in July 2012, a 6.3 decline. That means nearly $2 million less for state education spending derived from a gambling tax compared with this time last year. The local governments where the casinos are located will also receive less money from casino admission fees.

The Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis reported the steepest drop, at 18 percent. Kansas City's Ameristar recorded a 10 percent revenue drop.

Pinnacle Entertainment wants to sell the Lumiere property in response to federal antitrust issues related to its planned purchase of Ameristar Casinos.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:35
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BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event that mocked President Barack Obama.

An attorney for Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his client resigned from the rodeo association to protest its response to the Saturday incident.

Ficken was the rodeo announcer.

But attorney Albert Watkins says it was a rodeo clown wearing a microphone - not Ficken - who riled up the crowd as a bull chased a man wearing an Obama mask. The act was widely criticized by Missouri officials as disrespectful of Obama.

Watkins says Ficken resigned because the association had not barred the rodeo clown from its group.

The Boonville School District is hiring an investigator to look into Ficken's role in the event.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:33
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St. Louis County police have identified the teenager shot and killed during a disturbance at a home Monday morning.

The resident was home in the 57-hundred block of Eagle Drive with his fiance when he answered a knock at the door.  Nineteen year old Akeem Mayes of St. Louis city, and an unidentified man, then became involved in an argument with the resident. In an exchange of gunfire, Mayes was killed.

A search for the second subject is ongoing. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:32
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A lockdown of schools in St. Charles County has been lifted.

Police say a man confronted an employee at Francis Howell High School and threatened to kill himself. A school resource officer removed the man from the building. That is when officers say the man tried to force his way into Francis Howell Middle School. Police were called and the men led officers on brief chase.

The suspect was arrested in the Chesterfield area. Police say no students were in danger and lockdown was soon lifted. A total of four schools were placed on lockdown.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A $1,000 reward is being offered in the search for the person or persons responsible for killing a kitten in north St. Louis.

 

   The animal was found dead Aug. 1 in the front yard of a home. The resident of the home had been feeding the kitten and came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. Nearby was a rock that was believed to be used to kill the kitten.

 

   The reward is being offered by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force.

 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.

 

   The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.

 

   The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (http://bit.ly/167lzRU ) reports the money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it'd be distributed to parents.

 

   Race tracks and casinos will have to post signs warning gamblers that their winnings may be garnished if their names surface in a database.

 

   The measure was sponsored by Dunlap Republican Sen. Darin LaHood. He says up to $1 million in back child support could be collected in this first year.

 
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Senator Dick Durbin will be in East St. Louis later this morning, urging law enforcement agencies to trace guns used in crimes. Durbin's office says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms currently provides law enforcement with the means to trace crime guns, but only half of Illinois agencies use the ATF's services. Last month, Durbin introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Act, which incentivizes the reporting of every recovered gun used in a violent crime to the ATF for tracing. 

 
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   WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is continuing his drum beat for immigration reform, saying he hopes the House of Representatives will take action this year on legislation passed by the Senate.

   The Illinois Democrat said in a round-table discussion in Wheaton on Monday he hopes to show House Republicans there is "a diverse level of support" for fixing the nation's "broken" immigration system.

   The round-table, which took place in the district of Republican Congressman Peter Roskam, included business, health, religious and community leaders.

   Durbin is one of the sponsors of legislation approved by the Senate that would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country unlawfully. The bill also would expand access to visas for workers and graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

 
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   More than 20,000 students attended classes on the first day of school in the city of St. Louis Monday.  

   Based on preliminary data, the district reports 20,055 students on the first day, down just over 200 from last year.  

   But Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams says the district was still enrolling students at several schools Monday and will most likely continue to do so over the next few days.  

   Monday’s attendance figures do not include more than 2,000 preschool children.  The first day of classes for SLPS students in preschool will be Monday, August 19.

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   Authorities are identifying an Alton man killed in a crash Monday afternoon as 78 year old Charles Bickett.  

   Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says a jeep struck Bickett's Ford Taurus in the driver's side as Bickett attempted to turn left from a restaurant parking lot onto College Avenue in Alton.  

   Bickett was pronounced dead at the scene about 2 p.m. He died of blunt chest trauma.  Nonn says Bickett had been wearing a seat belt.  

   Toxicology test results are still pending and Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.  

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