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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is making a series of stops in central Illinois.

Monday's visits mark the second round of trips the governor's made to the region following criticism that his frequent Chicago focus might draw a downstate challenger in the 2014 Democratic primary.

Quinn started the day welcoming the Stanley Cup to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum before heading to Bradley University in Peoria, where he announced a construction grant. Quinn is also scheduled to spend time talking about the construction grant Augustana College in Rock Island before going to Rockford, where he's expected to talk about a clean water initiative.

Quinn is facing a primary challenge from fellow Chicagoan Bill Daley.

Quinn's spokeswoman has said the governor was previously tied up in Springfield because of pension reform.

 
Monday, 29 July 2013 12:05
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3 St. Louis children were rescued as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.

The FBI announced today that the sting was carried out over the last three days and resulted in 150 arrests and the recovery of 105 kids. An FBI spokesperson said this is a reminder that child prostitution can happen anywhere.

There were no arrests made as part of the sting in St. Louis.

The complete breakdown of the sweep can be found here.

Monday, 29 July 2013 11:14
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St. Louis police are trying to figure out what thieves plan to do with hundred-pound terra cotta theater masks stolen from the old Sun Theater.

15 masks were taken from behind a locked construction fence at the Sun. They are worth $1,000 to $5,000 each but aren't easy to sell.

The building is undergoing a ten-million dollar renovation. When it re-opens it will hold 700 people and be used primarily by the Grand Center Arts Academy, a charter middle and high school.
 
Monday, 29 July 2013 10:41
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A man was shot and killed this morning in broad daylight. Police say the victim was found lying in the middle of the street with several gunshot wounds in the 4400 block of Labadie around 8:15 a.m. Monday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said homicide detectives were called in to investigate.

Monday, 29 July 2013 10:39
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Fairmount Park is under investigation by the Illinois racing board over a race that took place Tuesday.

The contest featured 70-year-old jockey Robert "Cowboy" Jones who was trying to set records as the oldest jockey to win a race and as the only jockey to win a race in seven decades.

Although Jones finished in second place, state horse racing regulators want to know if competing jockeys tried to conspire to let Jones win.

"The officials work for the State of Illinois so they are completely independent," Fairmount Park officials said in a written statement about the investigation. "They administer the races all over the state.

The jockeys being questioned are independent contractors. They have nothing to do with Fairmount Park. It would be inappropriate for us to comment during an ongoing inquiry by state racing officials."

 

Monday, 29 July 2013 09:32
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      Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will hold his first-ever “Twittercast,” taking over @Cardinals for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates. 

     “While his voice is synonymous with Cardinals baseball, this will be Mike’s social media debut,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “This should be a lot of fun as Mike makes the transition from behind the microphone to behind the computer or smart phone for one night to tell the story of the game in 140 characters or less.” 

     During Wednesday’s game versus the Pirates – which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh at PNC Park – Shannon will step away from his play-by-play seat on the Cardinals Radio Network and into Mike Shannon’s Grill in Edwardsville, IL, where he will host the @Cardinals Twitter Takeover. 

      Throughout the game, Shannon will comment on game action, share personal anecdotes, tweet answers to fan questions and more on @Cardinals under the hashtag #MikeShannon. 

      This marks the first time that the Cardinals Twitter account will be taken over by a personality. The first @Cardinals Twitter Takeover occurred earlier this season when fan retweets told the story of the game during the club’s annual Social Media Night at the Ballpark.              Fans are encouraged to join the conversation by submitting their questions for Mike on Twitter by using the hashtag #MikeShannon. 

Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972.

Monday, 29 July 2013 09:28
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Yet another smash and grab, this time at an iconic midtown pawn shop.

Someone backed a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck through the front of  Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson.  When police arrived the truck was still running with the wheels spinning around 4:30 this morning.

Police tell Fox 2 news the truck was stolen in north city and used in the smash and grab. No suspects are in custody.

The owner is still trying to determine what, if anything, was taken. Several surveillance cameras are in place and police will be checking those to identify any suspects. 

 

 

Monday, 29 July 2013 09:15
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     More car break-ins in downtown St. Louis and south city overnight-- this time at several different locations over the span of just a couple hours. 

    Thieves first hit the Holiday Inn Express near Jefferson and Lafayette for the second time within a week. Six cars were broken into around midnight. Three suspects were seen speeding away from the scene in a red-pickup. Minutes later, cars were broken into at J Bucks near Clark and 10th. Then, several cars were broken into at Laclede's Landing inside the parking garage at Lumiere at North Second Street. 

  In midtown at JJ's Clubhouse, several cars were broken into at Market and Vandeventer. Then at 4:30 Monday  morning, downtown at 4th and St Charles Streets, security guards called police to tell them they saw two men jump out of a dark colored sedan and smash the window of an SUV parked there. 

 
Monday, 29 July 2013 08:02
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A mattress on Interstate 44 is being blamed for a fatal accident that tangled up traffic for hours Saturday morning. The driver of a pickup truck is dead after his vehicle struck an unoccupied police car on I-44 and burst into flames. The crash happened around 10:05am near the Vandeventer exit. The police vehicle was there to prevent oncoming traffic from hitting the mattress. However, the pickup slammed into the back of the police car and swerved into an eastbound tractor-trailer. The pickup driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

 
Sunday, 28 July 2013 23:40
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A nuclear power plant near Fulton has shut down after a small fire in the turbine building. Ameren Missouri says in a news release that crews quickly distinguished the Friday night fire at the Callaway Energy Center. The utility stressed that no one was injured and that the public wasn't threatened. The Callaway Energy Center typically generates about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million customers.

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