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PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Park Hills volunteer firefighters charged with a string of arsons in St. Francois County.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bradley Easter and 22-year-old Dale Hamor are accused of intentionally setting six fires earlier this year. They remain at the county jail on $100,000 bonds.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Easter told police he drove Hamor to the scene of house fires and then picked up his colleague. The two then joined other firefighters to fight the blazes.

 

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Last night's loss in game four means that the Cardinals cannot clinch a World Series title at Monday night's game 5. And that is having a drastic effect on ticket prices to the game.

Overnight, the price for an average ticket dropped nearly $400--from $840 to $480. There is still a huge range of prices though. Standing room only tickets on stubhub.com start at $222 and the most expensive tickets still available are behind the plate will set you back over $11,000.

The best deal in downtown tonight, the Rams game, where there are tickets available starting at $8 a seat.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.

The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.

Another $40.5 million was requested for the Illinois Department of Corrections and $31 million for the Department of Human Services and state police to help implement the state's new concealed carry law. The state's Emergency Management Agency wants $6 million to help cover April flooding.

Lawmakers heard some spending requests during the fall session that began last week but have yet to vote on them.

 

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Missouri State House Members, St. Louis Aldermen, economists and fast-food workers are all at St. Louis city hall today to discuss the issue of fast-food workers forced onto public assistance due to low wages.

The group is hoping some policy solutions will result from such meetings.

The hearing comes just weeks after researchers at the University of California-Berkeley released a report showing that low-wage, fast-food jobs cost Missourians nearly $150 million every year in public assistance.

The workers want that burden taken off the taxpayers and put on the shoulders of their employers. Workers want higher wages so they don't have to rely on public programs, like food stamps, to survive.  

According to the UC-Berkeley report, McDonald's employees throughout the country use $1.2 billion in public assistance each year.  That is the most used by employees of a fast-food chain.

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