Illinois Law
1:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common?

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Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.

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The Salt
11:59 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Arty students, not party students, are champs of late-night food delivery

Art students rule the campus late-night delivery field. Maybe they're studying the packages.

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:55 am

Millions of college students are heading back to campus soon, and as any parent footing the bill knows, they're hungry for more than just knowledge — they want food, and lots of it, at all hours.

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Morning round-up
9:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, August 24, 2012

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St. Louis police change procedure in light of uptick in violent crime

Responding to a recent spate of violent crime in some parts of the city that have been thought of as safe, St. Louis police are changing some of their officers' procedures and duties.

Twenty-three-year-old Megan Boken was fatally shot on Saturday in the Central West End,  and several women were robbed at gunpoint near Busch Stadium this week.

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9:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Durable goods orders are a sign of what's to come

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Today we get new data for durable goods orders. Those are orders of big ticket items like computers. It's often looked at as a sign of how much businesses are spending. And it's a good indicator of what we can expect in coming months. Our own Adam Allington reports for Marketplace Morning Report via the link.
Durable goods encompass a broad swath of the economy and tend to be items consumers forgo in tough times.
drought conditions
6:45 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Drought gets slightly worse in Missouri

The U.S. Drought Monitor map, as of Aug. 21st, 2012.
National Drought Mitigation Center, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Drought conditions in Missouri have slightly intensified over the past week, according to the latest data from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

More than a third of the state is in D4, or exceptional drought, the worst category.  That area covers the Boot-heal and a swath of western Missouri from Kansas City down to around Springfield.  The rest of the Show-Me State is in extreme drought (D3), the second-worst category.  NDMC Climatologist Mark Svoboda says Missouri can expect a brief reprieve next week.

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Megan Boken
6:43 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Two suspects in custody in CWE killing

Megan Boken.
(via St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department flyer)

Two 18-year-olds are in custody and are expected to be charged Friday with the murder of a former St. Louis University volleyball player.

Twenty-three year Megan Boken was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while sitting in her car in the Central West End.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says robbery was the motive.

The crime attracted a lot of attention, especially because it occurred in broad daylight in a busy neighborhood.

Mayor Francis Slay expressed his sympathy to the Boken family and said making St. Louis safer is a priority.

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Chimpanzee attack victim heals in St. Louis
4:14 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Chimp attack victim recovering in St. Louis

Andrew Oberle is recovering from his injuries at St. Louis University Hospital.
(via Facebook)

A St. Louis man, who was attacked by chimpanzees at a South African refuge, is now recovering at a St. Louis hospital.

Andrew Oberle, Jr., was pulled under a fence and mauled by chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Eden Sanctuary in June. He suffered serious injuries to his head, arms and legs. St. Louis University Hospital chief of plastic surgery Dr. Bruce Kraemer told reporters Thursday that Oberle has a good attitude and is healing well.

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2:46 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Fire forecast: How at-risk are we today?

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Is it a day when Smokey Bear should be concerned? Check out this interactive map from the team at
Wildfire Danger This map shows current large wildfires and forecast burning conditions in the lower 48 states. The map uses federal categories to describe fire conditions. Read more: Megafires: The New Normal In The Southwest Source: U.S. Forest Service (Forecast updated each morning, fires updated every 30 minutes, 4-10 a.m.
Illinois pensions
1:41 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Possible credit rating downgrade looms for Illinois over pension issues

A interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

A failed special session that was supposed to lead to the passage of pension reform has pushed Illinois closer to a downgrade of its credit rating.

Gov. Pat Quinn ordered lawmakers back to Springfield last Friday to deal with the state's massively underfunded pension systems, but the chambers could not agree on a deal.

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Missouri Court System
12:16 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Opponents organize over Missouri court measure

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Defenders of Missouri's method for selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system.

Judges on the Missouri Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals are selected by the governor from three finalists recommended by a special commission. The commission consists of one Supreme Court judge, three lawyers and three non-lawyers chosen by the governor.

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