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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.

If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.

The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

Lawmakers sent Quinn a bill in May setting up a concealed carry system in response to a federal appeals court ruling which declared it unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed weapons.

 

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:40
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lottery sales rose to another record high during the 2013 budget year.

   The Lottery says it sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up 4 percent from the previous year's total of $1.1 billion.

   Lottery sales have set new high marks each of the past three years.

   Executive Director May Scheve Reardon attributes the increased sales to a new advertising campaign and several large Powerball jackpots. She also cites the beginning of a new loyalty program and strong sales in several other Lottery games.

   The Lottery awarded more than $1 billion of prizes and transferred $289 million to education last year.

 
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:09
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Two area hotels have been recognized by a national publication as Top Large City Hotels in the United States.

Travel and Leisure magazine ranks the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis as the fourth best hotel in the country. The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton ranks 21st on the list. The categories used to rank the hotels were rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value.

The only hotels ranked ahead of the Four Seasons St. Louis were the The Peninsula in Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, and the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. 

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:18
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A St. Louis family just got a little bigger.  Salmone Numbere gave birth to four babies on July 2 at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, MO.

The babies, two boys and two girls, range from 2 pounds, 6 ounces to 3 pounds, 12 ounces and are all breathing on their own.  Salmone and her husband Aroloye said, “this is truly a blessing. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

The babies (pictured left to right) are named Eliel, Elias, Elietha, and Elidad.

 

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 07:12
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One man is shot and killed overnight and two others are injured in north St. Louis.

Police report witnesses report seeing two suspects standing in a gangway around 10:45 last night. They reportedly opened fire on 3 victims near Semple near Wabada in north city.

A 33-year-old man died from his wounds. A 25 year old woman was shot in the leg.  The third person, a man, was grazed by a bullet. 

The suspects fled on foot and remain at large. No word on a motive.

 

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 07:06
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers are set to meet in Springfield to consider a bill allowing the concealed carry of weapons in public on the day of a court-mandated deadline to pass such legislation.

   Gov. Pat Quinn has asked for sweeping changes to a concealed carry bill, but lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic, so far, and are expected to override his changes.

   Quinn wants an ammunition limit and to prohibit guns in any place that serves alcohol, among other provisions. He has backed his changes by focusing on violence in Chicago.

   But several lawmakers say Quinn proposed changes come too late in the process.

   Illinois is the only state without a law to allowed concealed carry. A federal appeals court ruled the state's ban unconstitutional and set a Tuesday deadline to allow it.

   

 
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The long holiday weekend was deadly on Missouri's roadways.

From July 3 through Sunday, July 8, 17 people were killed in traffic accidents across Missouri--that includes a crash in St. Louis city that left three people dead. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers worked over 350 accidents and performed nearly 200 arrests fro driving while intoxicated.

Both of those numbers represent large jumps over last year, but there is no fair comparison.Last year's holiday weekend counting period spanned just 30 hours, while this year's included parts of five days.

Three people drowned on Missouri's waterways, but none died as the result of a boating accident.

 

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:27
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No jury will be needed to convict a man of shooting a police officer in the face.

Evan Lockhart admitted Monday morning, to shooting Maryland Heights officer Joe Eaganin the face. The admission came shortly before jury selection was set to start. The shooting over two and a half years ago.

Lockhart will spend 30 years in prison for the crime.

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:13
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St. Peters Officials are warning residents of solicitors offering to paint address numbers on street curbs.

Spokesman David Fults says the city does not recommend that residents purchase the service and the city is not affiliated with the solicitors. Municipal agencies prefer that house numbers be on the side of a home so they can be seen from the street.

Any resident who is approached by a solicitor that claims to be affiliated with the city should contact the St. Peters Citizen Action Center 636-477-6600, ext. 1225, for AT&T customers and 636-278-2244, ext. 1225 for CenturyLink customers.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that a body found floating in the Mississippi River near St. Louis is that of a woman who fell from a ferry last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was identified on Monday as 60-year-old Lynn Watson of Florissant.

A recreational boater discovered the body Monday morning.

Watson fell Friday afternoon from a ferry boat operated by Golden Eagle Ferry as it crossed from St. Charles County, Mo., to Calhoun County, Ill.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says investigators determined that the death was an accident.

 

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