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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis Police are increasing their use of technology to keep an eye on revelers at Mardi Gras this year.

 

The department will be installing cameras to monitor the crowds at The Grand Parade and the Fat Tuesday parade. Police say the cameras will act as an additional layer of security. Uniformed and plainclothes officers will be patrolling the area and looking for underage drinking.

 

The Grand Parade is Saturday and the Fat Tuesday Parade is Tuesday the 4th. More information on parade routes and times can be found here.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:20
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois House Committee says the state will have $34.5 billion to spend in the upcoming fiscal year.
   Lawmakers approved a resolution for 2015 spending on Tuesday.
   Marion Democrat John Bradley is the chairman of the Revenue and Finance Committee. He says the number factors in the January 2015 expiration of the state's temporary income tax increase. The current Illinois budget has $35.6 billion in revenue.
 
   Bradley says budgeters will be cautious and prudent this spring.
 
   Lawmakers face an anticipated $3 billion budget hole that comes from the expiration of the tax increase as well as about $1.3 billion in increased costs to required programs and services.
   The measure now heads to the full House.
 
   The House will negotiate the budget with the Senate, which also approves revenue amounts.
 
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:13
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago violence-prevention program ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn was so poorly put together that auditors questioned 40 percent of the expenditures turned in by contractors.
 
   The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative announced by Quinn in August 2010 spent $55 million in the first two years that were examined by Auditor General William Holland. His report was released Tuesday.
   The effort was run by the now-defunct Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. But the agency relied on recommendations from Chicago aldermen when choosing community agencies to run the programs. Those agencies charged $4.4 million, but poor record-keeping led auditors to question $1.8 million of that spending.
   The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority took over the Violence Prevention Authority last year. A spokeswoman says the program has been revamped with much tighter grant rules.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:45
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Madison County law enforcement is trying to get the word out to local businesses on how to deal with some of the new gun laws in the state of Illinois.  
 
States Attorney Tom Gibbons and Chief Deputy Sheriff Brad Wells were on hand at the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce meeting Teusday morning to discuss questions and concerns over the new conceal carry law that was passed last summer.  
 
The major topics covered at the meeting included how businesses handle the concealed carry law, what to do should those businesses want to prohibit its customers or employees from carrying concealed weapons, safe harbors for gun owners, and what to do in the event of a shooting incident.
 
On July 9th, Illinois became the last state in the country to allow carrying concealed firearms in public.  Registration for the conceal carry licenses have been going on since January.
 
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:48
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation that would move the state's presidential primary to March 15.
 
The primary is currently scheduled for February but sponsoring Rep. Tony Dugger says keeping that date could cause Missouri to lose delegates at the 2016 national party conventions.
 
Dugger, a Hartville Republican, says moving the date would avoid a repeat of 2012, when the state held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials decided that year to select convention representatives with a caucus system held after the election.
 
National party rules allow only certain states to hold contests before the March 15 date.
 
The House Elections Committee voted 10-0 on Tuesday to adopt the legislation. It now heads to the Rules Committee.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:37
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former Republican Sen. Kit Bond is citing problems with the federal health care law as a reason to embrace one of its key provisions by expanding Medicaid coverage.
 
Bond was part of panel discussion Tuesday about Medicaid hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The former longtime U.S. senator has been hired by the chamber to lobby Republican state lawmakers who have repeatedly defeated a Medicaid expansion.
 
He said Medicaid expansion would draw additional federal dollars, thus helping to offset federal funding cuts due to hit hospitals that treat uninsured patients.
 
Bond said Medicaid expansion can be paired with "reforms" that model the program on the private sector and require participants to pay more out of pocket.
 
Some Republican lawmakers have cited concerns about its long-term costs.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:20
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri corrections officials say they will use a lethal drug provided by a new supplier in the state's fourth execution in four months.
 
Convicted killer Michael Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Several court appeals have been filed seeking to spare his life, and Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing a clemency request.
 
Taylor's attorneys are questioning Missouri's use of the new, unnamed compounding pharmacy to provide the pentobarbital for his execution. They also allege that the state executes men before appeals are complete, and say Taylor's trial attorney was ineffective.
 
Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted of abducting 15-year-old Ann Harrison as she waited for a Kansas City school bus in 1989, then raping and killing her. Nunley is also on death row.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:43
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   A former St. Louis County prosecutor who resigned amid a federal investigation in December isn't suspected of any wrongdoing.  

   An attorney for John Quarenghi told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client had stepped down to spare the office any embarrassment after learning that his electronic communications with paralegal Jillian Nichols were being examined by federal investigators.  

   Nichols was indicted last week (Feb. 19) on charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI.  She's accused of offering a sexual assault defendant favoritism from an unnamed prosecutor in exchange for $10,000.  

   Officials say Quarenghi wasn't involved in Nichols scheme, but had dated her.

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