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Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus are in the metro area.
The Madison County Health Department announced that a mosquito batch collected from just outside Granite City, Illinois tested positive for the virus. Officials say the best way to avoid West Nile is to practice the "Three R's".
- REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in bird baths weekly.
- REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
- REPORT - In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
Last year 290 Illinois residents were infected with the virus and 12 died.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or contact Madison County Health Department at (618) 296-6079 or visit our website at http://www.madisonchd.org/west-nile-virus-vector-surveillance.shtml
CHICAGO (AP) - Members of a bipartisan panel tasked with coming up with a plan to address Illinois' pension crisis don't all agree with Gov. Pat Quinn's July 9 deadline to report back with a solution.
Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul says it could take longer than that. He spoke to reporters Thursday before the panel's first public hearing. He says another hearing will take place next week.
The 10-member panel was formed after a special session this month. Both chambers remain divided and the group has been charged with finding compromise.
Republican Sen. Mat Murphy says July 9 is a reasonable target.
Six Democrats and four Republicans are on the committee.
Illinois has the worst state pension shortfall nationwide, largely due to lawmakers skipping or shorting payments to public-employee retirement funds.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis lags behind many other metropolitan areas in attracting immigrants. A new effort is underway to change that.
The St. Louis Mosaic Project was formally launched Thursday. The ambitious goal is to make the St. Louis region the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S. for immigration growth by 2020.
St. Louis is the nation's 19th largest metropolitan area but immigrants make up just 4.5 percent of the region's population, which ranks 43rd.
The St. Louis Mosaic Project hopes to draw more immigrants through several outreach efforts, including a website that will offer 10 links for people of different nationalities
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A judge has spared members of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration from testifying before a Missouri House panel investigating state driver's license procedures.
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green issued a preliminary order Thursday blocking the committee from proceeding with the subpoenas. The order did not elaborate on why.
An attorney representing the Nixon administration employees had argued the subpoenas imposed an unreasonable burden by providing too little notice and taking the employees away from important work. He also asserted there was no legal authority for the subpoenas.
The committee is looking into whether state officials tried to implement provisions of the Real ID Act, despite a state law forbidding compliance with the federal proof-of-identity law.
House Speaker Tim Jones issued the subpoenas. He suggested Nixon is trying to hide something.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Two men face sentencing in September after pleading guilty to a counterfeit credit card scheme in southeast Missouri.
The Southeast Missourian reports that 33-year-old Faisal Elmi of Alexandria, Va., and 26-year-old Mamadou Sall of Cheverly, Md., pleaded guilty Monday.
Police say they discovered in November that the two men and a third suspect used fraudulent cards to buy cigarettes, fuel and more than $1,000 worth of other merchandise at several Perryville businesses.
Police say a search of the suspects' motel room found a laptop computer connected to a stripe-card reader and writer and more than 100 counterfeit credit cards using numbers of legitimate customers.
The third suspect, 43-year-old Lisa Paige of Alexandria, goes to trial in August.
The historic Italian restaurant Charlie Gitto's is hiring to fill several positions at its three metro area locations.
The job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at the location on the Hill. The event runs from 11 AM to 3 PM. The restaurant's website says they are looking for career-minded individuals to fill positions from servers and line cooks, to managers and expeditors.
The Washington, Missouri man reported missing by his family this week, has been found dead in his home.
49-year-old John Harper's family last heard from him on 6:30 Monday evening. Fox 2 reports that police say they do not suspect foul play in Harper's death.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One of the most famous Abraham Lincoln artifacts is going on public display in Springfield.
A copy of his Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln's own hand will be available for public viewing starting Thursday and running through November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Lincoln gave his 272-word speech on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Soldiers' Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. A battle there four months before left more than 50,000 dead or wounded.
Lincoln wrote out five copies of the address. The version in Illinois is known as the "Edward Everett copy." The scholar and politician also spoke at the dedication and Lincoln agreed to make him a copy.
Everett's speech lasted two hours and was little remembered in posterity. Lincoln's lasted two minutes.
The developer of one of the Chesterfield outlet malls has an even larger project planned.
Wolf Properties is one of the key players in the development of St. Louis Premium Outlets. Dean Wolf is the President of the company and says they have ambitious plans for the land next to the mall.
The project is called Chesterfield Blue Valley and it will be a 73-acre multi-use development. Wolf projects that within five years, the development will have a huge economic impact on the region."We're anticipating that the additional sales are about $350 million and the real estate taxes generated are about $24 million", says Wolf
The development is using no TIF funds. Wolf has not announced any businesses who have signed on to be a part of the development, but will when the outlet mall opens on August 22.
Police are asking for help finding the car used by suspects in a fatal shooting on Tuesday.
Police say the suspect exited a dark green Audi A-6 near a North St. Louis halfway house, produced an assault rifle, and shot a victim in another car several times. The car is a dark green, 4-door, Audi A6 with heavily tinted windows. It has a .S. Government license plate #G122335K that was stolen from St. Louis City.
Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).