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 Leaders in East St. Louis are considering allowing all-hours nightclubs in the crime-plagued southwestern Illinois city.

 

   The community cut the clubs' hours last year, requiring them to close at 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. The change came after pressure from police, prosecutors and even U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who wanted to limit liquor sales.

 

   Clubs had been open until 6 a.m.

 

   But the Belleville News Democrat reports some members of the city council now want to create an entertainment district for 24-hour and late-night clubs. They argue concentrating them in a single area would make it easier to control public safety.

 

   The city also wants to double the cost of liquor licenses.

 

   A public hearing on the proposal will be held later this month.

 
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There's an extra buzz in the air this week.    Missouri is officially in the midst of Pollinator Week, which recognizes the bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles that help flowers and food crops flourish.   The Missouri Department of Agriculture says there are more than 400 species of bees in Missouri and about three-quarters of all flowering plants rely on bees or other pollinators to reproduce.

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   Residents and business owners in the largest Bosnian community in America are frustrated by the crime in their Bevo Mill neighborhood.  

   Two convenience store murders in less than a month prompted residents to pack the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday night, looking for answers from City Police Chief Sam Dotson.

   A nineteen year old clerk at the Quick Stop store on Chippewa was gunned down May 31st.  His brother was also shot and wounded.  Then last week a 30 year old father with a pregnant wife was shot to death while working at a 7-11 at Gravois and Bates.

   The publisher of the local Bosnian newspaper, Sabah says St. Louis is developing a reputation for crime and that's off-putting to future Bosnian immigrants.  "This is a great town for new comers.  A great town for new businesses.  A great town for residential areas, but recently, suddenly, what's going on around is not good for such positive stories."

   Chief Dotson told the group that crime is actually down seven-percent in the area, but that he understands their concerns and urged them to put pressure on judges to sentence repeat offenders to prison instead of probation.

 

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   Despite opposition from reinstated Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, tax breaks for a proposed Walmart development are moving forward, albeit slowly.  The City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday night to authorize TIFs for project developer Sansone Group.  

   The vote came after Jim Sansone and Mayor Paul exchanged heated words during the packed meeting.  Sansone promised court action if the council reversed their 2012 approval of the development.  Paul acknowledged his continued opposition, but also recognized that the council majority would rule.  

   A second vote is needed to finalized the bill.  That's expected to happen at a special council meeting later this month.

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