ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alcohol sales will be banned at youth-related events within the Archdiocese of St. Louis starting Friday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Archdiocese of St. Louis' new policy prohibits drinking at any events directed primarily toward minors, including sporting events. That means athletic associations will no longer be able to generate revenue from beer sales at concession stands.
The change was announced by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a letter to parishioners last week. He says the change was passed unanimously by an advisory committee of clergy in September, but the letter did not give a reason.
Some St. Louis-area Catholics say the change will hurt parish fundraisers. Others say there's no need for alcohol and children's events.
The Cardinals are back in St. Louis after losing the World Series to Boston last night.
The team flew back on Delta, this time no delays. The team was aboard a Delta charter flight Tuesday, when the plane had a mechanical issue on the runway.
The team was stranded on the tarmac for over six hours while a new plane was flown into Lambert.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate leader has put forth a new, pared-back proposal dealing with the enforcement of federal gun control laws.
Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard released a draft Thursday of proposed legislation for the 2014 session seeking to nullify federal gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights.
The new proposal comes about seven weeks after Richard and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey voted against an attempted veto override of a bill addressing the same subject because of concerns about its constitutionality.
Unlike the original bill, the new proposal would not subject federal authorities to state misdemeanor charges for trying to enforce certain federal gun control laws. It also eliminates a provision that could have resulted in charges against journalists for publishing the names of gun owners.
CHICAGO (AP) - More than 2 million low-income Illinois residents who receive food stamps will soon see their benefits cut.
Beginning Friday, a temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire.
The change will affect more than 47 million Americans. It comes as Congress is negotiating additional cuts to the program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The Illinois Hunger Coalition says about 349,000 seniors and 886,000 children statewide will be affected.
Executive Director Diane Doherty says the benefits have provided "an important stepping stone" for struggling families.
Benefits vary based on income and other factors. The Agriculture Department says the cuts will mean a family of four will receive $36 less per month.
Nationally, the program has more than doubled in cost since 2008.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Officials at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association say the state's former agriculture director made threats toward them after he was displeased with a magazine article.
Jon Hagler was replaced earlier this month as head of the Agriculture Department with little explanation from Gov. Jay Nixon. The move came one day after another high-ranking employee, Beth Ewers, resigned while distributing a letter saying Hagler created a work environment of "hostility, disrespect, intimidation and fear."
Now the cattlemen's group says Hagler also acted with hostility toward its CEO, Mike Deering.
Cattlemen's president Chuck Massengill and other group leaders say that Hagler threatened to beat up Deering earlier this year after Deering wrote an article critical of Hagler.
Hagler did not return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The mother of Willow Long was arrested this month on drug possession charges.
Police records show that Ciara DeRyke was arrested on October 14, police stopped her for speeding and found marijuana in her car. The arrest came a little over a month after investigators say her daughter, Willow, was killed by Justin DeRyke. Justin has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.
Jury selection is supposed to start in December, but the trial is not expected to get underway until 2014.
Score one for the traveling public as the Federal Aviation Administration today announced the expanded use of personal electronic devices on airplanes.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill calls it "great news for the traveling public and a win for common sense.” McCaskill is the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection.
The Senator says she applauds the FAA for taking the necessary steps to change "these outdated regulations" and expects the airlines to turn around quick plans for implementation.
The FAA also announced a plan in which airlines would submit strategies for the expanded use of PEDs.
The FAA expects those plans to be quickly approved and believes they could be largely completed by the end of the year.
There will continue to be some restrictions. For instance, talking on cell phones during flight will still be prohibited. Since joining the Senate in 2007, McCaskill has served on the Senate Committee on Commerce, which has jurisdiction over aviation and communications policy, and this year was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.
The rash of smash-and-grab burglaries continues to plague the St. Louis area. According to Fox2 News, thieves targeted not one, but two St. Louis beauty stores this morning.
The first happened around 4 a.m. at the Forever Young Beauty Supply Store at South Grand and Winnebago. It was the second time in the last month that the store was targeted. Police say the suspects got away with thousands of dollars worth of products.
The second smash and grab occurred about an hour later at Nu Fashion Beauty on South Broadway. Authorities arrived on the scene and found the same vehicle used in the first robbery. There are no suspects at this time.
GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - An Alton concrete construction worker who won $4 million on an Illinois Lottery instant ticket says he plans keep his job and use the windfall to pay off a mortgage, fix up the house and live debt-free.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports 50-year-old Douglas Compton was introduced Wednesday as the holder of the winning 50X The Cash ticket he bought October 13 at a Godfrey convenience store.
His long-term partner, Katy McCahill, also attended the ceremony, along with Compton's mother. Compton and McCahill have four sons.
Compton chose to get the money in $200,000 increments over each of the next 20 years.
The couple plans to donate to Autism Speaks, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and an animal shelter.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is banning alcohol at events aimed at minors, like youth soccer and softball games. A group of clergy had unanimously approved the new rule last month (September).
In a letter to parishioners last week, Archbishop Robert Carlson wrote that alcohol at games or other events directed toward minors "is not to be served to anyone or brought in by someone." The new rule takes effect Friday.
Some athletic associations are expected to lose revenue as concession stand beer sales are prohibited. But one member of the clergy group that approved the change told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that alcohol sales were already discouraged and many parishes already barred it, so the change just makes the parishes consistent.