Morning round-up
6:31 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, June 4, 2012

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Ill. DNR director cannot rule out park closures

Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

The director of the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources says his department will do all it can to keep the state's parks open after the failure of a $2 increase in license plate fees that would have provided a funding stream the the DNR.

But Marc Miller says he can't rule anything out, because the department has seen its budget slashed by 50 percent over the last decade.

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Humans
3:37 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Ancient Suburb Near St. Louis Could Be Lost Forever

Illinois State Archaeological Survey crew members scrape the soil in search of Cahokian artifacts. The crumbling smokestacks of a 19th century meat packing plant are visible in the background, along with a bulldozer working on the current interstate freeway construction.
Courtesy of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 10:01 am

Across the Mississippi River from St. Louis' famous Gateway Arch is a part of Illinois that's a post-industrial wasteland.

Some hope the construction of a new bridge across the Mississippi River will help revitalize the area. But archaeologists worry future development could destroy what's left of another neighborhood — one that flourished there almost a thousand years ago.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Romney wins majority of Mo. presidential delegates

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney works a crowd of supporters after delivering remarks as he visits a park in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 13.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won a majority of Missouri's delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Republicans meeting Saturday at their state convention in Springfield approved a slate of delegates that includes 19 people bound to support Romney and six for Rick Santorum, who has already ended his campaign.

When Saturday's results are combined with delegates chosen at congressional district conventions in April, Romney will receive a total of 31 delegates from Missouri. Santorum will receive 13, Ron Paul four and Newt Gingrich one.

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Science
8:54 am
Sat June 2, 2012

This spring in Illinois was the warmest on record

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For those who think this may just be the warmest spring ever in Illinois, the state's climatologist has this to say: You're right.

In a news release, Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says March, April and May were warmer than at any time since records started being kept all the way back in 1895.

This year's spring temperatures averaged 59.1 degrees, or nearly 2 degrees warmer than the average temperature of 57.3 in 1977.

The average temperature of 48.8 degrees from January through the end of May was also the highest on record.

Beer & Baseball
5:58 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

No Beer Goggles For Baseball Stadium Brew Prices

A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals buys a beer from a vendor prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers at Busch Stadium in 2006. At 56 cents an ounce, St. Louis is second only to Boston for the priciest ballpark brew in the country.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:13 pm

Change has been the story of the season for the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins. With a new coach, a new name, new team colors and a new stadium the baseball team set a franchise record for winning games in May.

But one tradition isn't changing anytime soon: beer. Ordering a beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for that beer.

According to an analysis by TheStreet.com, the most expensive beer of any baseball stadium is sold at the new Marlins Park, where baseball fans pay $8 for a Bud Light draft.

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HARRISBURG TORNADO
4:35 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Harrisburg tornado's death toll rises to 8, months after storm

Residents take in some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on February 29, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill.
UPI/Paul Newton/The Southern

A February tornado that tore through a section of the southern Illinois town of Harrisburg has claimed an eighth victim.

Saline County's coroner says 74-year-old R. Blaine Mauney of Harrisburg died Thursday at a relative's home of injuries he sustained in the Feb. 29 tornado Feb. 29.

According to authorities, Mauney had been in several hospitals since the tornado that injured about 100 other people.

Mauney's funeral services are pending.

Race / Law Enforcement
12:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

In Missouri, black drivers 72 percent more likely to be pulled over, report says

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Updated 12:34 p.m. with link to full report and information about 2010 data.

Black motorists are stopped by Missouri law officers at an increasingly disproportionate rate.

An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.

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Edward Jones Dome
9:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

St. Louis commission rejects Rams proposal for Edward Jones Dome

The Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected the Rams' proposal for the Edward Jones Dome. The outside is pictured here.
(Rendering provided by Atty. Gen. Chris Koster)

Updated at 11:40 with comments from Mayor Slay's office.

Updated at 9:35 with statement from CVC.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected a multi-million dollar proposal from the St. Louis Rams for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay confirmed the rejection on Twitter this morning. The mayor had encouraged the CVC to reject the Rams' proposal because he thought the cost was too high.

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Morning round-up
8:11 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 1, 2012

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Police to step up weekend presence on Washington Ave.

St. Louis police will be out in force on Washington Ave. this weekend in an effort to address the concerns of businesses and residents of the popular entertainment district.

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Ill. session ends
6:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Ill. lawmakers leave major business unfinished despite frenzied end to session

Illinois lawmakers will return to the Capitol this summer because they failed to reform the state's pensions, but leaders say a lot was still accomplished.
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Lawmakers in Illinois went past their midnight deadline in Springfield on Thursday in an effort to finish their business before the campaign season. In a frenzied end, the General Assembly approved a new state budget and authorized a massive expansion of gambling.

But they're not finished.

The collapse of pension reform means lawmakers will probably return to Springfield this summer. This recap is from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield.

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