Homes and businesses along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers sustained unprecedented damage 10 years ago when floodwaters crept ever higher and pushed levees beyond their limits. Away from cities and towns though, fields of grain were the primary casualties.
1993 was one of the worst years in living memory for Midwestern farmers. But even though they experienced major headaches that year, most cleaned up and got back to work.
Clayton, MO – St. Louis County has appealed a federal court ruling that says a law limiting access to violent video games is unconstitutional.
The ordinance was approved in 2000 but never enacted because of lawsuits that were immediately filed. Earlier this month the three-judge panel said there's no justification for disqualifying video games from free speech protections.
The county maintains it's trying to protect children and now wants a higher court to overturn the ruling.
On August 2, 1993, rising floodwaters decimated the tiny village of Valmeyer, Illinois. No lives were lost, but most of the town's buildings were destroyed. After the flood, Valmeyer residents rebuilt their entire community on a high bluff above the floodplain.
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Springfield, ILL. – More Illinois college students are expected to get MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants this year, but some will see smaller amounts than before. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which doles out the grants, agreed Monday to lower the maximum size of a financial aid award by about $250.
ISAC spokeswoman Lori Reimers says that will allow another 8,000 students to get money for college. She says if the change hadn't been made, grant money would have run out by the end of July.