JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Lottery is allowing people who have a gambling problem to voluntarily ban themselves for life.
People who participate will be prohibited from claiming winnings of $600 or more. The option started Thursday, and officials say it is modeled after self-exclusion programs in Illinois, Iowa and Maryland.
Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon says the $600 figure was chosen because lottery winnings of that amount or more are claimed at one of the lottery's regional offices. She says enforcement at 5,000 retail locations would be impossible.
To enact a self-ban, people will sign, notarize and submit an agreement to the Missouri Lottery. Officials will keep a database to be checked when someone comes to claim a prize. Those who have banned themselves will be denied payment.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Fair attendees will be seeing new features as well as old-standbys at the 10-day event that begins Aug. 8.
The fried novelty of the year will be Oreo cookies encased in cookie dough and battered and then deep-fried.
Spokesman Jeff Squibb says the fair's $5.5 million operations budget increased slightly compared to last year. Admission prices will stay flat, with adults paying $7 and $3 for children.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are a new daily presence at the fair, with a daily parade at 4 p.m.
The music series lineup includes evening performances by Toby Keith and Kip Moore, Ke$ha, John Mayer and Journey.
Attendees are encouraged to record videos reciting the Gettysburg Address to help celebrate the fair's 150th anniversary.
The fair runs through Aug. 18.
The deadline for families to apply to send their youngsters to an accredited school district is fast approaching.
Applications for student transfers from the Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts are due Thursday. Over two-thousand students from the two failing school districts have applied for transfer into the Francis Howell, Mehville and Kirkwood districts.
This action is a result of a recent Supreme Court ruling, stating that students in unaccredited districts have the right to transfer to higher performing school districts within the same county or in a neighboring county.