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Susan Smith-Harmon

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Six MO state park beaches closed as summer begins

Thursday, 20 June 2013 04:37 Published in Around Town

   As the weather heats up with the start of summer tomorrow, many Missouri residents will head to their state park beaches.  But the Department of Natural Resources says a half-dozen of those beaches are closed.  

   Five state park swimming beaches were closed after tests this week showed high levels of bacteria.  A sixth beach - at Mark Twain State Park - remains closed because of flooding.  

   DNR officials say the beach at Harry S. Truman State Park and the Grand Glaize beach at the Lake of the Ozarks are among those that are off limits due to bacteria.  Other beaches closed include the Pittsburg beach at Pomme de Terre, St. Joe's State Park in Park Hills and Wakonda in northeastern Missouri.

   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.

 

   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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