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Man admits to burning dog in 2013

Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:33 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is headed to prison for burning a dog so badly, that the animal had to be put down.

 

Wesley Reid appeared in court Thursday to plead guilty to animal abuse and knowingly burning an animal. In August of 2013 the dog's owner reported the pet missing. That evening, a neighbor called the owner and said they found the animal in a backyard.

 

The Humane Society of Missouri said the dog, who was named Zeus, had third-degree burns on three-quarters of his body. Veterinarians said the injuries were so severe they had to euthanize the dog.

 

Reid was arrested for the crime in October of 2013. 

Illinois jobless rate at lowest level in five years

Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:51 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009.
 
   The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that March unemployment was down from 8.7 percent in February. But the department noted that new-job creation was still down for the month by about 3,200 jobs. That's a drop of less than 1 percent.
 
   Department Director Jay Rowell called the report a sign of "significant progress."
 
   Illinois continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. The federal government said earlier this month that the March unemployment rate for the nation was 6.7 percent.
 
   Illinois' jobless rate hasn't been as low as 8.4 percent since January 2009.
 
   Leisure and hospitality employers led March's improvement. They added a net 4,300 jobs.

Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:37 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago.
 
The committee voted unanimously Thursday following a hearing in Chicago.
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among several officials who spoke in favor of the funding.
 
He says the money would return dividends "well beyond" $100 million. Emanuel also says the funding would be a fitting way to welcome Obama back to his hometown.
 
Several Chicago sites - most on the city's South Side - want to become home to the library and museum. Hawaii and New York also are vying for it.
 
A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the Legislature still must determine a source for the funding.

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