The Illinois Racing Board handed down a suspension to one of the jockeys in a controversial race at Fairmount park last week.
The board determined jockey John Lejeune did not put forth his best effort when racing against Robert "Cowboy" Jones. Jones was the sentimental favorite to win the race--at 70-years-old he could have been the first jockey to win a race in seven decades.
Lejeune is suspended for 60 days.
Some extra summer vacation time for students in East St. Louis School District 189.
Work to repair the roof of East St. Louis Senior High School is not going to finish on schedule. School was supposed to start on August 21. Classes will now begin on September 3.
Over 1,300 students at the high school get nearly two extra weeks of time off.
New School Start Time Schedule for 2013-14:
East St. Louis Senior High School — 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All District Middle Schools — 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All District Elementary Schools 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
In other back-to-school news, starting Friday families have a chance to load up on school supplies and can avoid paying sales tax.
Missouri's annual Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday. In most area communities, consumers will not have to pay any sales tax on everything from pencils to computers. There are restrictions on what is exempt from tax and some communities that are not waving local taxes.
The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:
Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.
School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.
Personal computers that don’t cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.
Come of the counties NOT participating include:
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.
The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.
Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.
The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.
Medical Marijuana is officially legal in Illinois. With his signature, Governor Pat Quinn kicked off a pilot program that allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with some chronic diseases.
It is one of the most restrictive programs in nation--requiring patients and caregivers to undergo background checks and limiting patients to purchasing 2 and-a-half ounces of marijuana at a time. A network of dispensaries and growers will be regulated by the state.
The medical marijuana will be taxed at the same 1% rate as other pharmaceuticals. There will also be a tax on grow facilities and dispensaries of 7%. The planned 22 grow facilities will each hire no more than 10 employees. The state of Illinois expects hundreds of new jobs in related industries to be created.
The new law also bans campaign contributions from operators of cultivation centers and dispensaries.
The law takes effect on January 1, 2014 and is a four-year pilot program.
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.
An argument between neighbors ends after an hours-long standoff.
The incident started around 7:30 this morning in the Mark Twain neighborhood of North St. Louis. A man started arguing with his 63-year-old neighbor, when the older man got a gun and shot at the victim's home. The victim went into his house and called police. The elderly man went back into his home and grabbed a machete to threaten his neighbor with. When police arrived, the machete-wielding neighbor went back into his home.
Two hours later, he surrendered to police. No one was injured in the incident.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of a Missouri initiative to restrict passengers on motorcycles can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot.
The secretary of state's office announced Wednesday that the petition met standards for circulation. Proponents have until next May to collect enough signatures to get the proposal before voters.
The proposal would require Missouri motorcycle operators to be at least 21 and complete a rider-safety class before they could carry passengers. The restrictions would not apply to those who have had had a motorcycle license for the previous two years and were born in 1984 or earlier.
The first violation would be a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $300. Penalties would increase for repeat offenses.