BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A judge in southwestern Illinois is considering an AIDS service organization's challenge of a city's decision to bar the group from running a needle-exchange program because of a zoning issue.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida took the matter under advisement after a hearing Monday. The judge will issue a written ruling.
The city sued in February, believing Bethany Place's needle-exchange program violates the type of operations allowed for that site under the city's zoning codes.
Bethany Place responded last month, arguing the city waited too long to complain.
The organization calls the city's move unfair and prejudicial to clients served by the program.
Caitlin Schmidt will remember to Cardinals 2013 Home Opener forever.
Schmidt's boyfriend, Zachary Hermann proposed to her during the festivities outside of the stadium Monday afternoon. He popped the question next to the Stan Musial statue. And with family and friends looking on, Caitlin accepted the proposal!
The two plan to get married in August.
FANS CAMP OUT FOR OPENER
Some 50 Cardinal fans set up camp outside Busch Stadium overnight Sunday in anticipation of Monday's home opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
St. Louis Police are advising revelers to leave early because of road changes and closures due to construction of Ballpark Village.
Fans are encouraged to avoid construction delays by using MetroLink.
Pedestrians should also note that the pedestrian bridge between the Stadium West garage and the ballpark has been removed.
8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.
Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th Street and
Clark, as well as 8th Street and Walnut.
Walnut is now a two-way street between 8th Street and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.
7th Street is no longer in existence.
ADDITIONAL CAUTIONS FROM POLICE:
Those choosing to drive are urged to “park smart”— park in well-lit, populated areas, concealing valuables by placing them in compartments or in the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. The department strongly encourages citizens to leave firearms at home. Events such as baseball games are no place for firearms, as they are not allowed inside Busch Stadium and leaving them in a vehicle creates opportunity for criminals. Don’t let yourlegal firearm become an illegal firearm.
Event-goers are also advised to remain aware of their surroundings and if choosing to consume alcohol, are urged to drink responsibly. Criminals often target those who appear to be most vulnerable, including those who might be intoxicated.
There will be a significant law enforcement presence in all areas surrounding Downtown and Busch Stadium. Police strongly encourage anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to alert a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.
WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.
Nixon was in Washington, Mo., on Monday to help dedicate the $4.2 million rail transfer project.
Nixon says the project helped two local businesses expand their operations and create about 330 jobs. He was joined at the event by officials from those businesses - CG Power Systems and Canam Steel.
The state awarded $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to the city of Washington for the project, which is also using nearly $1 million in federal funds and $1.1 million from the city.
Washington is located in Franklin County, about 40 miles west of St. Louis.