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Score one for the traveling public as the Federal Aviation Administration today announced the expanded use of personal electronic devices on airplanes.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill calls it "great news for the traveling public and a win for common sense.” McCaskill is the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection.
The Senator says she applauds the FAA for taking the necessary steps to change "these outdated regulations" and expects the airlines to turn around quick plans for implementation.
The FAA also announced a plan in which airlines would submit strategies for the expanded use of PEDs.
The FAA expects those plans to be quickly approved and believes they could be largely completed by the end of the year.
There will continue to be some restrictions. For instance, talking on cell phones during flight will still be prohibited. Since joining the Senate in 2007, McCaskill has served on the Senate Committee on Commerce, which has jurisdiction over aviation and communications policy, and this year was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.
The rash of smash-and-grab burglaries continues to plague the St. Louis area. According to Fox2 News, thieves targeted not one, but two St. Louis beauty stores this morning.
The first happened around 4 a.m. at the Forever Young Beauty Supply Store at South Grand and Winnebago. It was the second time in the last month that the store was targeted. Police say the suspects got away with thousands of dollars worth of products.
The second smash and grab occurred about an hour later at Nu Fashion Beauty on South Broadway. Authorities arrived on the scene and found the same vehicle used in the first robbery. There are no suspects at this time.
GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - An Alton concrete construction worker who won $4 million on an Illinois Lottery instant ticket says he plans keep his job and use the windfall to pay off a mortgage, fix up the house and live debt-free.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports 50-year-old Douglas Compton was introduced Wednesday as the holder of the winning 50X The Cash ticket he bought October 13 at a Godfrey convenience store.
His long-term partner, Katy McCahill, also attended the ceremony, along with Compton's mother. Compton and McCahill have four sons.
Compton chose to get the money in $200,000 increments over each of the next 20 years.
The couple plans to donate to Autism Speaks, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and an animal shelter.