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  SAUGET, Ill. (AP) - Illinois and federal agencies are assessing pollution on 380 acres in three southwestern Illinois suburbs.

   Workers are also trying to determine whether companies that once owned the properties should pay the tens of millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

   The Belleville News-Democrat says the 11 sites in Sauget, Cahokia and East St. Louis were used for decades for waste disposal.

   Federal efforts to clean parts of the properties have been ongoing since at least 1995. The land is being proposed for a national priorities cleanup list, which may draw federal money.

   Tom Heavisides works with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says officials have been addressing human health risks involving the sites. And the state says the pollution may be responsible for deformed animals and fish kills.

 

Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:37
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475 new students from the Normandy school district are attending classes some 20 miles from their school they used to attend.

The new students began boarding buses as early as 6 a.m. today.  The transfers are the result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling five weeks ago that allowed students in unaccredited districts to transfer to better performing schools.

Sheri Wilson has two daughters currently at Francis Howell Central High and tells KTRS News, "My girls are open-hearted and they don't see this as any different as any other child transferring in from any other school so they're looking forward to it."

All but one bus made it on time after going to the wrong high school. Students were taken to Francis Howell High instead of Francis Howell Central High and arrived 40 minutes late. 

 

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HOLLISTER, Mo. (AP) - Flash flooding is prompting water rescues and damage to buildings in southwest Missouri.

   Flash flooding was reported in southern Barry and Stone counties, including Roaring River State Park, after an estimated 6 inches of rain fell early Thursday.

   Western Taney County Fire Chief Chris Berndt told KYTV rescue workers have evacuated three areas along Turkey Creek, where waters washed one or two mobile homes downstream. Berndt says several businesses and homes in Hollister have water damage.

   The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reports it has evacuated 22 people from a campground near Blue Eye. Campgrounds in Roaring River State Park in Barry County also are being evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

   Interstate 44 near Jerome reopened Thursday. More than 40 roads, mostly in central Missouri, are closed.

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   A study by a North Carolina think tank concludes that a state-wide smoking ban would not harm Missouri bars and restaurants.  

   While several local governments bar indoor smoking in public, there's no state-wide ban.  Opponents to a ban often argue that it would reduce revenue and employment at bars and restaurants.  

   Researchers with RTI used sales and tobacco tax data from 216 cities and counties in 8 states over 11 years.  They projected that seven of the states, including Missouri, would have no economic impact, and West Virginia would actually see an employment boost.  

   The study was funded by the CDC.

   Illinois already bars smoking in bars and restaurants.

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