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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state audit says Missouri paid more than $170,000 to child-care providers that did not open or expand their facilities as planned.

The report released Monday by Auditor Tom Schweich looks at grants provided through a Department of Social Services program during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years.

The audit says one facility received $22,500 to open an in-home child-care facility that no children attended. Another facility got $60,000 for a center that never was built. A third facility was paid $89,000 to expand but did not add as many children as projected and then sold the facility.

The department says the program no is longer funded by the Legislature. It sent letters in April seeking repayment from two of the facilities but said the third one met contractual obligations.

Monday, 10 June 2013 15:49
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A contractor working on the Blanchette Bridge died after an accident Monday morning.

Just before 11 AM, the worker was hit by a large barrel. He died from his injuries. The man has not been identified, but was an employee of Walsh Construction--they were hired to perform the bridge repairs.

Crews were set to close the exit ramp from westbound 70 to southbound Fifth Street for work Monday night, but that project has been postponed.

Monday, 10 June 2013 14:44
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   Life is slowly returning to normal in the river town of Grafton, Illinois.

   The Great River Road has reopened. Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton will reopen Tuesday morning at 10:30, one week after the flooded Mississippi River forced it to close.  

   The Mississippi continues to recede, but hasn't returned to its banks just yet.  Travel on Highway 67 between the Clark Bridge and Highway 94 in West Alton is still just one lane in each direction. 

Monday, 10 June 2013 23:51
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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is getting praise for its use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.

MPHProgramslist.com scored the 100 largest cities on how well they utilize social media.

St. Louis came in at the 19th spot. The department got praise for boasting over 5500 followers on Twitter and regularly posting to its YouTube channel. St. Louis scored better than other major cities such as Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.

Dallas topped the list, with Boston in the second spot.

MPH is a website that supplies information for students looking to study public health or safety.

 

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CHICAGO (AP) - If Illinois becomes the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, experts say there may be scores of legal questions for businesses.

Crain's Chicago Business reports the bill that was approved by lawmakers in Springfield is prompting questions from observers.

The measure, which is awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature, is being billed as the strictest in the nation. It's not clear if Quinn will sign it.

The measure's sponsor says there'd be minimal impact on employers with a zero-tolerance drug policy.

But critics say there could be legal issues related to hiring and firing workers who test positive for the drug or show up to work while they're impaired.

 

Monday, 10 June 2013 13:15
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A St. Louis County Circuit Judge has reinstated Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul.

On April 8, Paul was removed from office by the City Council on charges of abuse of power. Yesterday's decision states that the City Council may have violated Paul's due process by changing the charges against Paul without giving him proper notice.

Paul's attorney Chet Pleban tells KTRS's McGraw Milhaven that Adam Paul once again has "full duties and full responsibilities" as the new mayor. Mayor Paul added, "It's going to be nice coming back to a level-headed counsel that's fair and unbiased." 

The judge determined that the council may have also committed other improprieties that include: the previously appointed City Attorney disqualifying himself from the removal hearing, but among other things, writing the charges against Paul.

The judge concludes his ruling by saying that Paul's motion to stay the removal is granted and he is reinstated as Mayor. 

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 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis woman is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused in the weekend stabbing death of her husband.

 

   Prosecutors in southwestern Illinois' St. Clair County charged 44-year-old Tammy Carpenter with first-degree murder in the death early Saturday of 58-year-old Jerome Carpenter.

 

   Authorities say the stabbing took place after an argument, and that Jerome Carpenter died later at a hospital.

 

   Online court records don't show whether Tammy Carpenter has an attorney. She does not have a listed home telephone number.

 

   Jerome Carpenter's funeral arrangements are pending.

 
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Homicide detectives are investigating after an injured man stumbled into a south city convenience store and collapsed overnight.  Police were called to the 7-11 at Gravois and Bates just before 1 a.m.. Police say the man had been shot, but they aren't sure whether the shooting happened at the 7-11 or another location. Fox 2 reports that St. Louis Fire Department medics rushed the injured man to the hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead shortly after he arrived. So far the victim has only been identified as an Asian male, about 30-years-old. Police have no suspects. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has received a federal grant to test a new type of road treatment intended to keep cars from slipping off highways when it rains or snows.

   The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will apply the "high friction surface treatment" to a pair of curves on U.S. 54 and Missouri 179 in Jefferson City.

   If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.

   Missouri received $150,000 for the project from the Federal Highway Administration. A total of 13 states and the District of Columbia received money through the grant program that encourages innovative technologies on roads and bridges.

 
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A new engineering report says Joplin homes destroyed in the 2011 tornado were poorly built to withstand wind.

 

   The American Society of Civil Engineers study also shows that most of the damage caused by the Joplin tornado that killed 161 people and leveled a wide swath of the southwest Missouri city was caused by wind speeds of 135 mph or less, which is equal to an EF-2 tornado.

 

   The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/102NFhC ) the ASCE team concluded that because the structures were poorly built to withstand wind, flying debris from houses made damage worse.

   The report says if the houses in the tornado zone had been built with hurricane ties, which fasten the rafters and trusses to exterior walls of a house, the damage would have been reduced.

 
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