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Police say they have identified the woman suspected of scamming an elderly woman outside of a Walmart.

Tracy Jennings is expected to be charged for stealing the woman's wallet. Jennings allegedly told the victim that she worked for the Walmart and while helping her load groceries in the car, she stole her wallet. The wallet contained several hundred dollars.

Jennings is held on a $25,000 bond.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:25
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.

If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.

The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

Lawmakers sent Quinn a bill in May setting up a concealed carry system in response to a federal appeals court ruling which declared it unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed weapons.

 

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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lottery sales rose to another record high during the 2013 budget year.

   The Lottery says it sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up 4 percent from the previous year's total of $1.1 billion.

   Lottery sales have set new high marks each of the past three years.

   Executive Director May Scheve Reardon attributes the increased sales to a new advertising campaign and several large Powerball jackpots. She also cites the beginning of a new loyalty program and strong sales in several other Lottery games.

   The Lottery awarded more than $1 billion of prizes and transferred $289 million to education last year.

 
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Two area hotels have been recognized by a national publication as Top Large City Hotels in the United States.

Travel and Leisure magazine ranks the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis as the fourth best hotel in the country. The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton ranks 21st on the list. The categories used to rank the hotels were rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value.

The only hotels ranked ahead of the Four Seasons St. Louis were the The Peninsula in Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, and the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. 

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