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Illinois unemployment rate creeps up again

Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:42 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The unemployment rate rose slightly in Illinois in July, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

State officials say Thursday that Illinois' unemployment rate inched to 9.2 percent last month. That's up from an adjusted 9.1 percent in June. The figure was 9 percent in July 2012.

Employers around the state added a net 6,600 non-farm jobs in July. Overall, the private sector added 7,100 positions.

Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 900 jobs in July. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months.

Construction firms added 1,600 jobs in July while the education and health services sector cut 3,600.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July 2013, although the state's figure is often higher than the national one.

 

Suspicious person offers child ride at bus stop

Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:40 Published in Local News

A suspicious incident at a school bus stop is putting Ellisville parents on alert.

A fourth grade-student was waiting at the bus stop when she says a woman in a white minivan pulled up and asked her if she wanted a ride. The same woman came back to the bus stop two more times. The girl ran home and old her parents. The community is using the incident as an opportunity to remind kids to stay away from strangers.

Major League Baseball sending review proposal to owners

Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:49 Published in Sports

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had.

Commissioner Bud Selig calls it a historic moment for the game in a press conference in Cooperstown after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of games and two after the seventh inning until the end of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling.

A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players' association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, a member of the replay committee, says the umpires are receptive to the change. Schuerholz says 89 percent of incorrect calls made in the past will be reviewable.

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