Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:28 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have passed legislation that could lead to a reduction in jobless benefits for people laid off in the future.
The bill would make Missouri one of only a few states to link the duration of unemployment benefits to the state's unemployment rate.
Missouri workers currently can receive unemployment benefits for 20 weeks.
Under the bill, the full 20 weeks of benefits would be available only if the state's unemployment rate is at least 9 percent. The maximum duration of jobless benefits would be cut by a week for each one-half percentage point reduction in the unemployment rate - bottoming out at 13 weeks of benefits when the unemployment rate is less than 6 percent.
The Senate's 24-8 vote Thursday sends the bill to the House.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:27 Published in Local News
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend nine years in prison for the debilitating 2011 beating of a baby.
The Alton Telegraph reports that 26-year-old Matthew Fields of Hartford was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated battery of a child.
Prosecutors say Fields was alone with the then-9-week-old baby in October 2011 when he allegedly shook and squeezed the child.
Authorities say the baby sustained head trauma and developmental delays.
Fields will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and must register as a violent offender for 10 years.
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado touched down briefly in the St. Louis suburb of University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Jim Sieveking, of the National Weather Service in St. Louis, says the tornado touched down at 5:23 a.m. Thursday as a strong storm system with intense lightning and heavy rain moved through the St. Louis region.
Some people were asked to leave their homes in a U City neighborhood while crews worked to fix a gas leak near McKnight.
Power poles were also reported down near Delmar in University City near the scene of the gas leak. A wall also collapsed at an old Walgreens near the intersection of McKnight and Delmar.
Video showed trees blocking streets, damage to some homes and power lines on the ground.
About 7,000 people were without power shortly after the storm.
University City set up a disaster hotline for tornado victims to report non-emergency, disaster related calls. Residents are urged to use the hotline to report tornado or other natural related damage, request inspections, request reconnection of utilities, etc. The number for the hotline is (314) 505-8540.
The Herman Park Community Center located at 975 Pennsylvania Ave. was open as a place for evacuees to receive shelter.