The state of Illinois is steadfast in its insistence that local governments devastated by deadly tornadoes in November should be eligible for federal assistance. They're appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of aid.
State officials argue that FEMA's population-based formula penalizes small towns in large states.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency filed the appeal on Thursday.
At least seven people were killed statewide and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed in the storms.
Four projects by the crew that broke a natural gas line, causing an explosion that destroyed a Soulard business Wednesday, are on now hold. That after city officials learned the South Dakota-based Four Winds company was operating without a city business license.
Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's office, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the company had been hired by subcontractor MasTec, to install fiber optic cable for AT&T when the accident happened.
The gas rupture forced the evacuation of 14 people from the Stars Design Group just before explosions rocked the block.
Crane says the city also hadn't been given the required 24-hours notice that work on the project was beginning. So Four Winds other projects for AT&T were halted Thursday.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A Missouri lawmaker is hoping to start a conversation about legalizing the sale and use of cannabis in Missouri.
Democratic Representative Chris Kelly proposed a bill that would impose a 25 percent tax on the sale of marijuana for recreational use. The bill would also set up a licensing system for growers and sellers. Under Kelly's formula, St. Louis County could have 400 pot retailers, and another 127 in St. Louis city. The legislation would allow Missourians to keep up to a pound of cannabis, a pound of hashish and more than a half-gallon of hashish oil. Kelly does not hold out much hope of seeing the bill pass, but hopes to start a conversation.
The advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis, filed 13 petitions with the state that call for legalizing marijuana.
A worrisome new scam warning from the Better Business Bureau.
The so-called "one ring" scam exclusively targets cell phone users. Victims will receive a call that rings only once and then ends. If the user tries to call the number back, they are charge a $19.95 international call fee and upwards of 9-dollars a minute during the call. The BBB says the calls appear to come from islands in the Caribbean, but some calls may be domestic.
The BBB says anyone who thinks they have been victimized by the scam should notify their carrier immediately in order to have a better chance of having charges removed.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians to be on the lookout for possible price gouging by towing companies.
Koster says it is normal to see slightly higher rates during winter storms as the companies try to cover overtime hours. What is not acceptable is when the tow service adds on un-disclosed fees at the end of service. Koster encourages anyone needing a tow to ask for a full estimate before having your vehicle hooked up to the truck.
Drivers should also look for tow trucks that have a license from MoDOT--the license should be easily visible on the truck.