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   As the Illinois State Police get ready to begin issuing concealed weapons permits, they're letting residents know more about the requirements of the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.  

   Concealed carry license applicants must successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.   So the ISP website now includes a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula.  The website also provides an updated list of qualified instructors.  

   Concealed carry license applications will be available by January 5, 2014.  

   More information can be found at the ISP's firearms ccw website.

 

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 00:19
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   U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) is chiding House Republicans for failing to allow an up-or-down vote on a so-called "clean funding" bill.  

   McCaskill released a statement as the midnight deadline passed in Washington, saying the government shutdown will upset economic recovery.  She criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R), calling his handing of the budget process "irresponsible political posturing."  

   The St. Louis County Democrat says the federal government shutdown will hurt Missourians by delaying veterans' benefits, causing  furloughs for 39,000 federal employees in Missouri, delaying loans for small businesses and Social Security checks for seniors enrolling in the program for the first time.

   During an interview with CNN's Wolfe Blitzer Monday evening, 2nd District Congresswoman Ann Wagoner (R) said the House GOP were the only ones working to avoid the shutdown.  

   The St. Louis County Republican criticized Senate leadership and President Obama for failing to negotiate over the weekend.  

   Wagoner issued a statement after the midnight deadline saying that she has waived her salary for the duration of the government shutdown "because congress didn't get the job done."  Wagoner blamed the deadlock on "partisan bickering."

Monday, 30 September 2013 23:47
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 ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis and Chicago are both pursuing the global headquarters of agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co., which last week announced it needed better access to its global customers and an international airport.

ADM currently is based in the central Illinois city of Decatur, roughly halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. The company is so far staying mum about where it wants to base 200 executive and information technology jobs.

 

Monday, 30 September 2013 17:26
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CHICAGO (AP) - A budget director for Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown proceeds, Illinois employees paid by federal funds could face temporary layoffs as early as Wednesday.

The budget office had no estimates Monday for how many employees would be affected.

Abdon Pallasch is Quinn's assistant budget director. In a statement, he says that the timing of the layoffs would depend on existing resources and individual agencies. Agencies that could be affected include Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs.

During the last shutdown in 1995, about 1,200 Illinois employees were temporarily laid off. They were hired back after two weeks.

Pallasch says most state agencies have sufficient funds to provide services in the short term, but a longer term shutdown would have a greater impact.

 

Monday, 30 September 2013 15:17
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NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a southeast Missouri jail inmate.

The Sikeston Standard-Democrat reports that Daniel Presnell died Thursday morning at a hospital. He had been brought to the New Madrid County Jail Tuesday by a bail bondsman. Presnell was wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of receiving stolen property.

Sheriff Terry Stevens says Presnell appeared intoxicated when he first arrived. He was taken to a Sikeston hospital when his condition failed to improve, then transferred to a hospital in Cape Girardeau, where he died.

An autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of death, and Stevens asked the patrol to investigate.

 

Monday, 30 September 2013 15:12
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St. Louis officials were happy to announce that the national student robotics championship will continue to call St. Louis home.

The FIRST Robotics Championship inked a new three-year deal that will keep the event at the Edward Jones Dome through 2017. FIRST said that it reaches an estimated 300,000 kids from more than 60 countries in four K-12 robotics programs. The FIRST organization picked St. Louis from a group of cities vying for the conference.

The 2014 championships are set for April 23-26.

 

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:07
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Police have identified the victim in a fatal car crash in North St. Louis.

Police say four people were in a speeding SUV on North Broadway near East Grand around 1 AM, when the driver lost control. The SUV hit a pole, flipped over, and landed on top of a car parked at a nearby gas station. 32-year old Corey Criswell was sitting in a back seat and was ejected from the vehicle. Criswell was taken to the hospital where he died.

Witnesses told police the SUV was racing with another car before the accident. 

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:05
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JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - Sixty-years after Dean Percival's high school classmates graduated, he now his diploma, too.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Percival was presented his diploma from Axtell High School in Kansas during a ceremony Friday in southeast Missouri, where he now lives.

Axtell principal Bob Bartkoski made the 600-mile trip to give Percival, of Cape Girardeau, the diploma. He told about 50 friends and relatives it is based on Percival's life experiences and accomplishments.

Percival dropped out of school in the 10th grade to help support his family, which included five siblings.

Percival's career was mostly with sign companies in several places, including Cape Girardeau.

Now 78, he wore a paper mortar and tassel as he received the framed diploma.

 

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:03
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A group representing Missouri anesthesiologists is urging the state to drop plans to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic for thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics that rely on it.

The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists statement on Monday followed an Associated Press report last week citing possible European export controls if propofol is used in a U.S. execution. Missouri is the only state planning to use the drug.

Propofol is far and away the most commonly used anesthetic in the U.S., and around 85 percent of it is made in Europe. The European Union opposes the death penalty and is weighing whether to limit export, raising concerns about a potential U.S. propofol shortage.

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The trial of a St. Louis priest accused of molesting a teenage girl, under the age of 17 last year, is set to begin tomorrow in Pike County. Fr. Joseph Jiang faces charges stemming from four incidents in the Summer of 2012. The 31 year old Jiang is a native of China and was ordained a priest at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in May of 2010. Prior to his ordination, he served as a deacon at the Cathedral. In addition to felony endangerment of a child, Jiang faces a witness tampering charge for allegedly leaving the victim's parents a $20-thousand check in exchange for not reporting the incidents. A civil lawsuit claims that St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson asked the parents to give the check to him, but they had already turned it over to prosecutors. 

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