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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers are set to meet in Springfield to consider a bill allowing the concealed carry of weapons in public on the day of a court-mandated deadline to pass such legislation.

   Gov. Pat Quinn has asked for sweeping changes to a concealed carry bill, but lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic, so far, and are expected to override his changes.

   Quinn wants an ammunition limit and to prohibit guns in any place that serves alcohol, among other provisions. He has backed his changes by focusing on violence in Chicago.

   But several lawmakers say Quinn proposed changes come too late in the process.

   Illinois is the only state without a law to allowed concealed carry. A federal appeals court ruled the state's ban unconstitutional and set a Tuesday deadline to allow it.

   

 
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 02:38
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The long holiday weekend was deadly on Missouri's roadways.

From July 3 through Sunday, July 8, 17 people were killed in traffic accidents across Missouri--that includes a crash in St. Louis city that left three people dead. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers worked over 350 accidents and performed nearly 200 arrests fro driving while intoxicated.

Both of those numbers represent large jumps over last year, but there is no fair comparison.Last year's holiday weekend counting period spanned just 30 hours, while this year's included parts of five days.

Three people drowned on Missouri's waterways, but none died as the result of a boating accident.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:27
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No jury will be needed to convict a man of shooting a police officer in the face.

Evan Lockhart admitted Monday morning, to shooting Maryland Heights officer Joe Eaganin the face. The admission came shortly before jury selection was set to start. The shooting over two and a half years ago.

Lockhart will spend 30 years in prison for the crime.

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:13
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St. Peters Officials are warning residents of solicitors offering to paint address numbers on street curbs.

Spokesman David Fults says the city does not recommend that residents purchase the service and the city is not affiliated with the solicitors. Municipal agencies prefer that house numbers be on the side of a home so they can be seen from the street.

Any resident who is approached by a solicitor that claims to be affiliated with the city should contact the St. Peters Citizen Action Center 636-477-6600, ext. 1225, for AT&T customers and 636-278-2244, ext. 1225 for CenturyLink customers.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:09
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that a body found floating in the Mississippi River near St. Louis is that of a woman who fell from a ferry last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was identified on Monday as 60-year-old Lynn Watson of Florissant.

A recreational boater discovered the body Monday morning.

Watson fell Friday afternoon from a ferry boat operated by Golden Eagle Ferry as it crossed from St. Charles County, Mo., to Calhoun County, Ill.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says investigators determined that the death was an accident.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 16:41
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   Police are hoping store surveillance images can help catch a pair of thieves who targeted an elderly woman at a St. Charles Walmart.  

   Police say a woman posed as a personal shopper, telling the victim that she worked for the store.  She helped the woman with her purchases, and offered to help her load groceries into her car.  While loading groceries, the woman reportedly took the victim's wallet from her purse, then got into a car being driven by a male accomplice.  

   The victim lost several hundred dollars in cash.  

   Anyone with information is asked call St. Charles Police at (636) 949-3344.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 15:45
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that prohibits welfare recipients from using such funds at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.

The legislation also bars recipients from using cash benefits to buy anything marketed for adults while increasing penalties for people who are convicted of spending benefits improperly. The newly signed law brings Missouri into compliance with federal restrictions on purchases using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families electronic cash benefit cards.

Nixon said Monday the legislation ensures assistance for those in need is provided in a proper manner.

Supporters said the measure would help to prevent fraud and abuse in the welfare system. Critics had said it would create unnecessary restrictions on where people can buy food.

Monday, 08 July 2013 12:26
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   Today is the start of unpaid furloughs for about 4,500 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East. 

    For most workers at Scott Air Force Base--the 11 furlough days are being spread out in one-day-a-week increments for 11 weeks with many civilian workers opting for a 3-day weekend.   

      Lt. Korey Fratini tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch although the furlough days have been spread out it's still costing workers two weeks' pay. So, the base is offering financial and budgeting advice. Work normally done by furloughed workers are being picked up by remaining employees.

   Also,  Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri is furloughing about 3,400 civilian workers under a similar 11-week process.

     The furloughs are part of the sequester cost-cutting deal hammered out by the Obama Administration and Congress for the current fiscal year. 

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 11:54
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A St. Louis teen who had been reported missing in Florida over the weekend, has been found.

Florida authorities say Nicole Crowder was found this morning in Seminole County, which is north of Orlando. Police did not release any information on Crowder's condition. The girl was last seen with an unknown couple on the beach Saturday afternoon.

Authorities did not say if the couple was with Crowder when she was found. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse-slaughter facility says he's been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at a processing site so the facility can humanely handle horses.

David Rains, of Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, told The Springfield News-Leader he's been working with an equine consultant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare the plant for horse slaughter. He says it's unclear how many horses the plant will handle if it's approved.

Animal protection groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. The Humane Society's lawsuit names the Rains facility and other prospective plants in Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

The USDA didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

 

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