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New labors numbers for the St. Louis area show the City lags behind the rest of the county when it comes to employment, however jobs are on the rise. Data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in August 2013, compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent over the same time period. The good news is that the St. Louis metropolitan area added 11,000 jobs, which is up 0.8 percent over the past year. But that's still behind the national pace, where employment rose 1.7 percent from a year ago. 

Monday, 21 October 2013 10:24
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The head of Missouri's public defender system says furloughs may be necessary if Gov. Jay Nixon does not release additional money for the system by January.

   The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1h0dUe6 ) that state Public Defender Cat Kelly sent notices last week to judges warning them that the system could face staff shortages. She said a hiring freeze would start Nov. 1 and furloughs could kick in two months later.

   Nixon withheld $1.4 million from the public defender system when then budget year started July 1.

   A spokeswoman for Nixon's Office of Administration says the public defender system and many other agencies had 4 percent of their budgets restricted - slightly more than the standard 3 percent that's kept in reserve.

 
Monday, 21 October 2013 09:09
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Average retail gasoline prices in St. Louis rose nearly 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.13 per gallon of regular on Sunday.  

This is according to GasBuddy.com's daily survey in St. Louis. The national average has fallen a penny per gallon in the last week to $3.36.  

The St. Louis prices yesterday were over 15 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and about ten cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average is nearly 14 cents per gallon lower than last month and 31 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

Monday, 21 October 2013 08:59
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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in the St. Clair County village of Washington Park say they found the remains of a body in a car trunk after firefighters extinguished a fire in the vehicle.


The Belleville News Democrats reports the body was found Saturday night. Washington Park Assistant Police Chief James Mister says the body was so badly burned that's it's not known whether the person was male or female.


He says a neighbor saw the car fire and called 911.


The body was discovered when a firefighter noticed what appeared to be a bone, forced open the trunk and found the charred remains.


Authorities are asking the public to provide information that might lead to the identification of the body.

Monday, 21 October 2013 08:23
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