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A Superfund site in St. Louis that has been a concern for decades is about to be cleaned up.

Federal and local officials gathered to announce a $30 million cleanup of the old Carter Carburetor site. No public money will be used. The remediation is funded by Carter Building Inc. and ACF Industries Inc., a successor to the company that owned the carburetor factory. Work is expected to start by the end of summer.

The site has been an eyesore for decades and Mayor Slay had this message for neighbors, "I want to thank the residents of the neighborhood for your determination to keep all of focused on this issue and being a part of our approach to make this day become a reality."

Pollution is the largest problem heading into the cleanup effor. The Soil contains cancer-causing chemicals and the buildings contain asbestos.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Monday, 29 July 2013 14:19
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge is rejecting a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry firearms in Illinois under the state's new concealed carry law.

East St. Louis U.S. District Judge William Stiehl threw out the lawsuit filed by Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association, siding with the state and saying the legal action is moot.

Shepard and the rifle group had argued it was unconstitutional to make people wait for the permit process to be outlined under the new concealed carry law that lawmakers passed July 9.

Illinois was the last state in the nation to ban the practice.

Illinois State Police have 180 days to set up a program before accepting applications, plus another 90 days to process the forms.

 

Monday, 29 July 2013 12:43
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is making a series of stops in central Illinois.

Monday's visits mark the second round of trips the governor's made to the region following criticism that his frequent Chicago focus might draw a downstate challenger in the 2014 Democratic primary.

Quinn started the day welcoming the Stanley Cup to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum before heading to Bradley University in Peoria, where he announced a construction grant. Quinn is also scheduled to spend time talking about the construction grant Augustana College in Rock Island before going to Rockford, where he's expected to talk about a clean water initiative.

Quinn is facing a primary challenge from fellow Chicagoan Bill Daley.

Quinn's spokeswoman has said the governor was previously tied up in Springfield because of pension reform.

 
Monday, 29 July 2013 12:05
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3 St. Louis children were rescued as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.

The FBI announced today that the sting was carried out over the last three days and resulted in 150 arrests and the recovery of 105 kids. An FBI spokesperson said this is a reminder that child prostitution can happen anywhere.

There were no arrests made as part of the sting in St. Louis.

The complete breakdown of the sweep can be found here.

Monday, 29 July 2013 11:14
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St. Louis police are trying to figure out what thieves plan to do with hundred-pound terra cotta theater masks stolen from the old Sun Theater.

15 masks were taken from behind a locked construction fence at the Sun. They are worth $1,000 to $5,000 each but aren't easy to sell.

The building is undergoing a ten-million dollar renovation. When it re-opens it will hold 700 people and be used primarily by the Grand Center Arts Academy, a charter middle and high school.
 
Monday, 29 July 2013 10:41
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A man was shot and killed this morning in broad daylight. Police say the victim was found lying in the middle of the street with several gunshot wounds in the 4400 block of Labadie around 8:15 a.m. Monday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said homicide detectives were called in to investigate.

Monday, 29 July 2013 10:39
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Fairmount Park is under investigation by the Illinois racing board over a race that took place Tuesday.

The contest featured 70-year-old jockey Robert "Cowboy" Jones who was trying to set records as the oldest jockey to win a race and as the only jockey to win a race in seven decades.

Although Jones finished in second place, state horse racing regulators want to know if competing jockeys tried to conspire to let Jones win.

"The officials work for the State of Illinois so they are completely independent," Fairmount Park officials said in a written statement about the investigation. "They administer the races all over the state.

The jockeys being questioned are independent contractors. They have nothing to do with Fairmount Park. It would be inappropriate for us to comment during an ongoing inquiry by state racing officials."

 

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      Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will hold his first-ever “Twittercast,” taking over @Cardinals for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates. 

     “While his voice is synonymous with Cardinals baseball, this will be Mike’s social media debut,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “This should be a lot of fun as Mike makes the transition from behind the microphone to behind the computer or smart phone for one night to tell the story of the game in 140 characters or less.” 

     During Wednesday’s game versus the Pirates – which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh at PNC Park – Shannon will step away from his play-by-play seat on the Cardinals Radio Network and into Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville, IL, where he will host the @Cardinals Twitter Takeover. 

      Throughout the game, Shannon will comment on game action, share personal anecdotes, tweet answers to fan questions and more on @Cardinals under the hashtag #MikeShannon. 

      This marks the first time that the Cardinals Twitter account will be taken over by a personality. The first @Cardinals Twitter Takeover occurred earlier this season when fan retweets told the story of the game during the club’s annual Social Media Night at the Ballpark.              Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by submitting their questions for Mike on Twitter by using the hashtag #MikeShannon. 

Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972.

Monday, 29 July 2013 09:28
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Yet another smash and grab, this time at an iconic midtown pawn shop.

Someone backed a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck through the front of  Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson.  When police arrived the truck was still running with the wheels spinning around 4:30 this morning.

Police tell Fox 2 news the truck was stolen in north city and used in the smash and grab. No suspects are in custody.

The owner is still trying to determine what, if anything, was taken. Several surveillance cameras are in place and police will be checking those to identify any suspects. 

 

 

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     More car break-ins in downtown St. Louis and south city overnight-- this time at several different locations over the span of just a couple hours. 

    Thieves first hit the Holiday Inn Express near Jefferson and Lafayette for the second time within a week. Six cars were broken into around midnight. Three suspects were seen speeding away from the scene in a red-pickup. Minutes later, cars were broken into at J Bucks near Clark and 10th. Then, several cars were broken into at Laclede's Landing inside the parking garage at Lumiere at North Second Street. 

  In midtown at JJ's Clubhouse, several cars were broken into at Market and Vandeventer. Then at 4:30 Monday  morning, downtown at 4th and St Charles Streets, security guards called police to tell them they saw two men jump out of a dark colored sedan and smash the window of an SUV parked there. 

 
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