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IL Lawmakers poised to override Quinn's gun bill

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 02:38 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers are set to meet in Springfield to consider a bill allowing the concealed carry of weapons in public on the day of a court-mandated deadline to pass such legislation.

   Gov. Pat Quinn has asked for sweeping changes to a concealed carry bill, but lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic, so far, and are expected to override his changes.

   Quinn wants an ammunition limit and to prohibit guns in any place that serves alcohol, among other provisions. He has backed his changes by focusing on violence in Chicago.

   But several lawmakers say Quinn proposed changes come too late in the process.

   Illinois is the only state without a law to allowed concealed carry. A federal appeals court ruled the state's ban unconstitutional and set a Tuesday deadline to allow it.

   

 

Something new flying at Lambert...bees

Monday, 08 July 2013 02:12 Published in Local News

   Lambert Airport will soon have some new tenants...bees.  

   The St. Louis Airport Authority has approved a three-year lease with Robins Apiaries to keep bee hives on a 400 square foot patch of land near a seldom-used runway. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the airport will collect $75 a year in rent from 76 year old beekeeper Jim Robins.  

   A plentiful supply of white dutch clover blooming near billion dollar W-1-W project runway drew Robins to the site.  The runway opened in 2006, but hasn't seen much traffic since TWA filed for bankruptcy and American Airlines yanked hub status away from Lambert.

   Lambert will be the third major US airport to host bee hives.  Chicago's O'Hare International and Seattle-Tacoma International both have significant bee operations. 

   CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian military officials say gunmen killed at least five supporters of the former president when people tried to storm a military building in Cairo.

   The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said a group had tried to storm the headquarters of the Republican Guard. He added that those killed had been supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi camped outside the building in protest at his overthrow.

   A spokesman for Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group gives a different account of the incident, saying the army opened fire on Morsi supporters at dawn and killed at least 34.

   The military spokesman says there were casualties among army troops outside the building but gave no figures. State TV said at least one officer was killed.

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