Collinsville, ILL – A jockey from the Metro-East is still hospitalized after he was thrown from his horse this weekend in Collinsville.
Christopher Quinn, of Fairmont City, was riding "Wiley Hunt" at Fairmont Park Race Track Saturday night when another horse clipped his. Quinn was trampled after he fell off the horse. A hospital spokeswoman yesterday listed Quinn in critical condition.
Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says state investigators have ruled the collision an accident.
St. Loius, MO – Two sides in a lawsuit over the St. Louis School Board loan plan are trying to reach an accord.
The suit deals with the board's attempt to borrow money from the desegregation settlement fund. The lawyer who represented students in that desegregation case, William Taylor, is negotiating with the Board.
Springfield, ILL. – A new law in Illinois offers some new protections to grain farmers. It updates the insurance program that protects them when grain elevators go bust.
Other changes to the Grain Code include doubling the minimum amount in the Grain Insurance Fund to $6 million. They also will increase regulation and oversight of grain elevators and boost criminal penalties for elevator operators who defraud farmers.
St. Louis – The country's Deputy Drug Czar visited a St. Louis drug treatment center Tuesday to promote President Bush's "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative.
Joined by Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., Andrea Barthwell toured Catholic Charities' Queen of Peace Women and Children's Residential Drug Treatment Center, and said a proposed voucher program will help drug addicts who are unable to find treatment elsewhere.
St. Louis – The Missouri attorney general says he is suing nine businesses in St. Louis and surrounding counties for not deducting unpaid child support from employees' wages.
The lawsuits are part of a statewide effort to enforce child support orders. The Missouri Legislature recently shifted that responsibility from the Department of Social Services to the attorney general.
Nixon says he's trying to collect more than $127,000 in payments from around the state.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected in federal court Monday in Washington. Judge Gladys Kessler wants to know why the corps is ignoring her order to lower water levels on the Missouri River.
That ruling was made last weekend to protect endangered species. But the corps says it conflicts with a previous ruling in Nebraska that mandated higher levels on the Missouri to help barge traffic.