CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is changing legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns to cap the number of firearms and ammunition that can be carried and to ban guns from any establishment where alcohol is served.
The Democratic governor is using his amendatory veto power to tweak the legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure.
A federal appeals court ruled in December that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed firearms and gave it until July 9 to comply.
Quinn says he never agreed with the court's ruling and the bill lawmakers sent him is flawed and needs changes.
The legislation permits qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo 16 hours of training to get permits for $150.
ConAgra Foods, which acquired St. Louis-based food maker Ralcorp earlier this year, says it will now be shedding 50 employees in St. Louis. Back in March, ConAgra said it was planning to keep Ralcorp's downtown office and their 500 employees. But just a few days ago, the company filed a federally-mandated mass layoff notice with the state. Those layoffs will take place before the end of July. Some of the major ConAgra brands include Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher, and Slim Jim. ConAgra acquired Ralcorp for $6.8 billion in January.
Demolition of the long-neglected Cupples building is expected to get underway this week.
The seven-story building at 11th and Spruce was condemned in 2008 over fears it would collapse.
The last attempt to revitalize it died last week when the City of St. Louis and Vertical Realty Advisors couldn't come to terms on a $40 million plan to save the building.
Spirtas Wrecking Company will spend the next three months tearing it down. Spirtas crews plan to salvage much of the building's red brick and some of the heavy-timber frame.
The number of companies owning St. Louis television stations is about decline again.
Chicago-based Tribune Company, which already owns KPLR TV (Channel 11) in St. Louis, is buying 19 stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, including KTVI (Channel 2).
The $2.73 billion deal is set to close by the end of the year, and will make Tribune the largest commercial TV station owner in the country.
The deal comes just weeks after the parent of KSDK (Channel 5) announced it was buying the parent of KMOV (Channel 4).
Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul will stay in office after his temporary reinstatement was made permanent Monday.
During impeachment proceedings in April, Paul had been brought up on several charges, including trying to dodge a subpoena. St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Lee Vincent has ruled that because the council added the subpoena charge at the last minute, Paul had no time to prepare a defense. "The City Council violated Paul’s procedural due process rights..." the judge wrote.
Paul had been elected in 2012 after campaigning against tax increment financing for a shopping center project that includes a new Walmart store.
Normandy School District officials will meet with parents Tuesday to answer their questions after announcing that the unaccredited district will pay to bus students to schools in the Francis Howell District in St. Charles beginning this fall.
The announcement comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling allowing students attending unaccredited districts to transfer to high performing schools.
All Normandy students in grades K-12 can participate in the transfer program at the district's expense. Parents can begin the transfer process July 9th at Normandy School District headquarters.
Tuesday's meeting with parents begins at 3 p.m. at the Normandy District offices.
A 22-year-old Florissant mother is accused with breaking her 11-week-old son's arm.
Police say Alison Honkomp twisted her baby's arm until it broke. She has been charged with assault and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a pair of bills that he says would have imposed new mandates on governments to solve problems that don't exist.
One of the bills vetoed Monday would have banned public entities from restricting celebrations or discussions of federal holidays. Though it could have protected religious-oriented holidays such as Christmas, Nixon said it also could have hampered efforts to enforce fireworks ordinances around Independence Day.
The other vetoed bill would have forbidden governments from enacting policies traceable to Agenda 21 -a nonbinding resolution adopted in 1992 by the United Nations that encouraged sustainable development.
The Democratic governor said both bills passed by the Republican-led Legislature attempt to fight imaginary problems but could have caused real headaches for officials in local communities.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for two inmates before the state's supply of an execution drug expires.
Koster has renewed a request for execution dates to be set for Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. The state's highest court refused to do so last August, citing a legal challenge to the state's newly planned use of the drug propofol as its execution method.
The attorney general's office said Monday that the Department of Corrections has a limited supply of propofol and much of it will expire next spring.
Nicklasson was convicted for the 1994 killing of a businessman traveling on Interstate 70 in Callaway County.
Franklin was convicted of killing a man outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Residents who live near a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire is burning are pushing for the immediate removal of nuclear waste that sits near the fire.
Several residents spoke out Monday at a rally near the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.
West Lake actually includes two landfills. Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill is creating an odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit.
The smoldering is about 1,200 feet from a second landfill that includes Cold War era atomic waste.
Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Chris Whitley says the nuclear waste is not endangered by the underground fire, and plans are in place if it gets closer. Whitley says the EPA is still weighing how best to remediate the nuclear site.