By B. Raack, KWMU
St. Louis, Mo. – Salvation Army officials say they are one and a half million dollars in the red this year, causing them to drop a program for adults who are battling chemical dependency.
They may also have to close the residential program for abused and neglected children at the Hope Center. Major Robert Thomson says they were difficult decisions to make.
St. Charles, MO – The federal government's attempt to shut down a St. Charles business will be in court Wednesday.
Easy Returns Worldwide retrieves expired drugs from pharmacies, but the Drug Enforcement Agency says it doesn't have the right security.
The DEA says drugs are missing from the company, employees have been arrested for selling drugs illegally, and Easy Returns' books contain false records.
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – Rap music star and St. Louis native Nelly helped launch a campaign he hopes will increase the number of people on the national bone marrow registry.
Nelly's sister Jackie Donahue suffers from leukemia, and has been in need of a bone marrow transplant for two years.
The rapper hopes to help his sister and thousands of others searching for donors.
Springfield, ILL. – Major credit-rating agencies warned Tuesday that Illinois' financial situation is weak but could improve if the proposed state budget works.
Moody's Investors Service downgraded the state's credit rating one notch. But the rating is still among the highest handed out. Missouri also has a high rating.
Moody's believes investing in Illinois bond sales is riskier because Illinois has $13 billion dollars in debt and plans to borrow another $10 billion dollars to help fill a budget deficit.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers rejected a measure Tuesday that would have made it a felony to photograph or videotape animals on private property.
The measure targeted facilities like dog kennels and farms. The proposal was introduced by King City Republican Jim Guest. He said he wanted to protect farmers from animal rights activists.
But Democrat Rick Johnson called it a puppy mill protection act. Opponents say it would hinder efforts to prove inhumane treatment at kennels or farms.
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