SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Companies that want to perform high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois may begin registering with the state.
But it will be several months before companies may apply for a permit to use the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law regulating fracking in July. It created a two-step permit application process that requires companies to first register with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
IDNR won't accept applications for drilling permits until a legislative committee approves rules. Spokesman Chris McCloud says that process - which will include public hearings - will take months.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas.
Opponents fear it will pollute and deplete water resources.
Macy's has plans to add hundreds of temporary workers for the holidays.
In the metro area, the company will hire 1,500 associates. Nationally, the store will hire 83,000 for its stores as well as Bloomingdale's, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers. A company spokesperson says hiring for the holiday season will start in the middle of this month.
To apply, check out the Macy's Job website.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - An elaborate $10,000 Bible that includes gold accents and exotic German paper has been donated to the main library at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible is one of only 400 created by illustrator and designer Barry Moser of Hatfield, Mass. Ellis Library special collections head Alla Barabtarlo says the 1996 Bible is "astonishing" and "beautiful."
It was donated by New York City businessman Bruce Kovner and arrived at the library in August.
Right now, the Bible is being kept in a climate-controlled room. But it's expected to be moved downstairs by Christmas for a new exhibit, "Verba Sacra," or sacred words in Latin. The exhibit will detail the history of the scriptures through the ages.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fans of St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial will get a chance to own a piece of his personal collection - items ranging from game-worn jerseys to championship rings to harmonicas - through an online auction that's now underway.
Musial died in January at age 92, a year after his wife died. The family kept many mementos and donated many others.
Musial's grandson, Brian Musial Schwarze, says Stan the Man's modest home in Ladue, Mo., was filled with items even relatives didn't know existed.
With so much stuff, the family decided to auction some of it off.
The auction of 400 lots of items began Thursday. Heritage Auctions of Dallas is hosting the online auction. Bidding closes Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, depending on the lot.
Area transportation officials are trying to make it as easy as possible for fans to travel into downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals and Blues games today. The Redbirds open postseason play at Busch Stadium with a 4:07 first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Blues open their regular season against the Nashville Predators with a 7:30 faceoff at Scottrade Center.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers heading eastbound on Interstate 70 they now have the option of taking the new Tucker Boulevard exit ramp and following the new section of Tucker into downtown. The Pine Street entrance to westbound Interstate 64/40 opened on Wednesday. MODOT also says it will not have any work zones in the city of St. Louis prior to the games.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will postpone westbound lane restrictions on Interstate 64 and Interstate 55/70 in the Metro East until 8 p.m.
And Metro transit spokeswoman Patti Beck says the agency will have extra staff on duty today and will be prepared to add MetroLink trains should there be signs of crowding.
Extra MetroLink staff will be on hand today and tomorrow (Thurs/Fri) to assist with baseball crowds. Additional service will be added as necessary, according to a representative from the Bi-State Development Agency.
"With the Cards game potentially ending around the same time as the Blues home opener game is scheduled to begin tomorrow night, we will be watching the situation very closely and adjusting MetroLink service as necessary," Bi-State Development Agency Spokeswoman Patti Beck wrote in an email.
The only additional bus service will be the St. Clair County Redbird Express, which brings fans from Illinois to Thursday and Friday's games.
There's more fallout from the St. Clair County Courts scandal.
A metro-east man who was supposed to be sentenced on a murder conviction yesterday is instead getting a new trial.
Twenty-nine-year-old William Cosby had been convicted in April of shooting a man to death outside an East St. Louis nightclub.
Yesterday, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida ordered a new trial. The problem? Cosby's trial judge had been Michael Cook, who is now facing drug and weapons charges.
Cosby's attorneys argued that it had been unfair that prosecutors had known Cook was being investigated and the defense had not. Judge Haida agreed.
Cosby remains in the St. Clair County Jail on a million dollar bond while he awaits that new trial.
Despite the federal shutdown that has closed hundreds of National Parks Service sites, World War II veterans from St. Louis were able to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. yesterday.
It was initially feared the veterans, on Honor Flights from Missouri and Illinois, many in their nineties, wouldn't be allowed to view the memorial because of the shutdown.
On Tuesday, images of vets stepping past ribbons and barricades to access the site garnered negative national attention. But yesterday, 29 local veterans were welcomed by Park Service rangers at the site.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A Branson attraction will end a 54-year run this month when "The Shepherd of the Hills" is performed for the last time this month.
The owners of Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre said Wednesday the play's last performance will take place October 19th. The outdoor drama was first staged in 1960.
Each production involves more than 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep and the burning of a cabin. The play is based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 book about coming to the Ozarks homestead where the drama is set.
The owners cited declining attendance, rising costs and the federal health care overhaul as reasons for the closing. Summer tours of Old Matt's Cabin, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, will continue to be offered.
A metro-east nursing home will appeal a citation by the state license authority over it's handling of a resident who refused to submit to a fingerprint background check.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday ruled that the staff at the Lebanon Care Center acted improperly when they left 56 year old Thomas Hearty sitting in his wheelchair outside the Flying J truck stop in Alorton.
Nursing home officials told the Belleville News-Democrat that they couldn't legally admit him without the background check and Hearty had asked them to take him to the truck stop because it was near a relative's home.
Hearty eventually agreed to the background check and was admitted to the Lebanon, Illinois nursing home.
Petersen Health Care, which owns the nursing home, plans to appeal the health department's citation.