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Latest report finds progress in Ferguson municipal court

Updated August 13 at 2 p.m. with comments from the city and auditor — A new report from state Auditor Nicole Galloway finds the city of Ferguson has made important changes to its municipal court. But the audit released Monday also found city officials still have not taken action to secure and repair damaged court documents.

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Congressman Rod Blagojevich says he plans to support President Bush's request for congressional approval of war plans against Iraq.

He says he thinks Saddam Hussein is evil and poses a clear threat to the United States. The Democratic congressman is running for Illinois governor.

Blagojevich was reacting to comments made on Sunday by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. The Democratic senator said he will oppose the president's request. The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution this week.

St. Louis, MO – The stadium bill cuts the five percent amusement tax on ticket sales once a 200-million dollar private investment is made towards a new ballpark. Opponents of the bill urged the committee to delay their vote until after November 5. But 13th ward alderman Fred Wessels says low interest rates prompted the committee to move now.

St. Louis, MO – An environmental group that's concerned about the pesticides used to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus will hold a meeting in St. Louis Tuesday night.


The Gateway Green Education Foundation says the chemicals being sprayed on city streets to kill mosquitoes could cause more health problems than the virus. Suzanne Renard says the forum at Carpenter Library will feature several area college professors and public health advocates. She says they'll discuss alternatives to spraying.

St. Louis, MO – The man accused in the abduction and murder of a six-year-old girl in Valley Park is pleading not guilty to the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old "Johnnie" Johnson was indicted last month for first degree murder in the death of Casey Williamson, of
Valley Park, about 30 miles south of St. Louis. The former resident of the St. Louis suburb Kirkwood also faces charges of attempted forcible rape and armed criminal action.

Collinsville, IL – Teachers in Collinsville will decide tonight whether to go on strike. The Belleville News-Democrat reports teacher pay is the main sticking point of the contract talks.

Elsewhere, administrators and teachers in Lebanon, Illinois, have another round of talks scheduled for today. Teachers there are working without a contract.

Kansas City, MO – A judge has denied an advocacy group's request for a temporary restraining order, that would have kept changes to Missouri's Medicaid program from taking effect tomorrow.

That ruling today, in Jackson County Circuit Court. Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is suing the state Department of Social Services and the state Division of Medical Services over the changes.

Hartford, IL – Premcor Incorporated will start closing its refinery in Hartford, Illinois, a move that will cost more than 300 workers their jobs.

Premcor said in February there was no economical way to reconfigure the refinery to meet new federal regulations. The closing comes despite a recent offer from private investors to buy the company.

Workers have been told their last day on the job will be October 10th.

Chicago, IL – Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said yesterday he plans to vote against President Bush's request for war approval plans against Iraq.

Durbin called the war resolution poorly timed and poorly reasoned. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter this week.

Durbin also said he does not consider Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein an imminent threat to the U-S, and says an invasion without clear backing from allies risks terror backlash against the U.S.
(AP/KWMU)

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