CHICAGO (AP) - The unemployment rate in Illinois increased slightly in June while manufacturers and local governments cut more jobs than they added.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that unemployment increased to 9.2 percent last month. That was up from 9.1 percent in May. June's figure ended two months of decreasing unemployment.
Employers around the state added a net 5,400 non-farm jobs for the month. And department Director Jay Rowell says the net 9,000 jobs added by private-sector employers is an encouraging sign that they're optimistic about the future.
Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 1,600 jobs for the month. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months.
Construction firms added 5,400 jobs in June.
The St. Louis amnesty program is expanding this year.
The program allows people with certain types of arrest warrants to avoid jail time by appearing at certain events. Thousands of people have already participated and now people who have outstanding child support payments will be eligible.
Charges are filed against a man for allegedly shooting his friend after an argument over spilled beer.
Steven Rozier Jr faces charges including murder for allegedly shooting Mario Shackelford several times in the chest.
The incident started when three men, including Rozier and Shackelford, were drinking beer in a car. Rozier spilled his beer and an argument followed. During the argument, police say Rozier got a gun and started shooting.
Shackelford was pronounced dead at the scene.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Almost 10,000 Missouri consumers are getting checks under a settlement with shoe maker Skechers USA.
Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri is one of 43 states that participated with the federal government in a case alleging that Skechers deceptively advertised its toning shoes.
The settlement was announced in May 2012. A court-appointed administrator started sending out the restitution checks late last week.
Koster says 9,666 consumers will receive a total of $716,493. The majority of people will receive checks of about $34, but some will get more if they bought multiple pairs of shoes or other equipment.
The lawsuits challenged Skechers' claim that its shoes could help people lose weight and strengthen muscles. Skechers admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.
Due to an artist cancellation, the Fair Saint Louis Foundation has canceled its Friday, July 19 Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert event. The Foundation received a call from the management of K’NAAN, the evening’s scheduled headliner, Tuesday night, informing that due to a personal family matter he would not be able to perform Friday.
“Our thoughts are with K’NAAN,” said Bob Ciapciak, chairman of the 2013 Fair Saint Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts. “We worked quickly with several national headliners but given a very short timeframe were not able to secure another act. We look forward to the Saturday, July 20 concert with headliner NEEDTOBREATHE, which will be a great performance to wrap up our 2013 Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts.”
All activities on Friday are canceled, including opening acts, DJ Wood and Joia.
On Saturday, July 20 gates to the outdoor venue at Soldiers Memorial will open at 6 p.m. Blackwater ’64 will perform at 6:15 p.m. followed by Roots of Rebellion at 7:15 p.m. before NEEDTOBREATHE takes the Budweiser Main Stage at 9 p.m.
“It’s been a great July of free entertainment both under the Arch with Fair Saint Louis and at Soldiers Memorial last weekend, and we look forward to seeing a great St. Louis crowd for our final event of the summer this Saturday so come join the summer celebration,” said Ciapciak.
St. Louis Police say an argument over a spilled beer may have led to an overnight shooting in downtown St. Louis that left one dead.
Police say just before midnight, four men sitting in a car near Keiner Plaza got into a fight after one man spilled beer on another. One of the men pulled out a gun and began shooting.
According to police, the victim was shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim hasn't been released.
The parents of a Lincoln County girl who reported being molested by a priest are now suing St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, claiming he knew the priest was a danger to children. The suit, filed Friday in Lincoln County, asks for unspecified damages.
The teenage girl had told police last June that Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, an associate pastor at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End, had molested her. The 30 year old priest was later charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Good news for the growing resident population in the Delmar Loop: A grocery store is coming.
Washington University will formally announce on Thursday that specialty grocer Global Foods Market has agreed to lease nearly 15,000 square feet in the five-story student apartment building going up at Delmar and Eastgate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it will be the second Global Foods Market in the metro area. The first opened in Kirkwood in 1999.
The paper reports that Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards will put his new Peacock Loop Diner in the building next door.
The Lofts of Washington University will house about 600 students beginning in August of next year (2014).
The Francis Howell school board will meet Thursday night to hammer out the nuts and bolts of accepting transfer students from the failing Normandy school district. The board will vote on issues including class size limits, tuition and a payment schedule.
District officials want average class sizes to remain at or below desirable levels outlined by the state department of education. At that level, the district would have room for about 600 transfer students. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as of Wednesday, 196 students had applied to transfer into the district.
The district is also expected to approve a tuition rate of $11,034 per student, enough to allow them to hire a part time administrator to answer parents' questions, and assist in placing transfer students from Normandy.
Normandy students have until August 1 to file transfer applications. Class begins in Francis Howell schools on August 8.
One man faces charges, including first degree murder, for allegedly shooting two men Tuesday night.
Police say 20-year-old Ralph Cato approached three people as they sat on the front porch of a home near Fairgrounds Park and started shooting. The shots hit two men, critically injuring one man and killing the other. The victim has been ID'ed as Charles Moorehead.
Prosecutors issued six felony charges against Cato, ranging from murder to assault and armed criminal action.