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Disaster Preparedness
10:47 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Illinois' score on disaster preparedness? 6 out of 10.

North Dakota National Guardsmen work together with volunteers in sandbag lines to to hold back the rising Red River March 16, 2010 in Fargo, N.D. Illinois scored a 6 out of 10 criteria in a report on preparedness for disasters, such as floods.
(Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Asking "what if?" is usually pretty benign, but when a new report asks the same question, the answers are about preparedness for disasters, diseases and bioterrorism.

Illinois scores a 6 out of 10 on the Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report.  The score is unchanged from last year's study.

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MO Statehouse
9:39 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break

A commission appointed by Nixon recently recommended that Missouri no longer grant state income tax credits to seniors and disabled people living in rented homes.
(Flickr Creative Commons User JD Hancock)

Gov. Jay Nixon is opposing efforts to end a Missouri tax break for some low-income seniors and disabled residents.

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Crime
11:50 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Update: Sunset Hills cop Miller pleads guilty to five charges from drunk driving wreck

Christine Miller after she was arrested in 2009.
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

Updated at 3:45 with comments from Indian community.

Updated as of 2:15 p.m. after 1:30 p.m. court appearance:

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Crime
10:24 am
Thu December 9, 2010

2nd teen arrested in St. Louis drag race

19-year-old William Sapp was arrested Dec. 8 as the second suspect in a drag racing accident that left a young woman in critical condition.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Authorities say 19-year-old William Mack Sapp of south St. Louis County is charged with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He is jailed on $500,000 bond following his arrest on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear if Sapp had an attorney.

The other alleged racer, 19-year-old Trenton Pinckard of Glen Carbon, Ill., was charged earlier this week with leaving the scene of an accident.

University of Missouri
4:46 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Tuition increase likely at University of Missouri campuses for next year

A mid-Missouri landmark, the historic columns and Jesse Hall on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system in Columbia, Mo. The Board of Curators for the system meet today in St. Louis to discuss possible tuition hikes.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Adam Procter)

Updated with results of the Board of Curators Meeting:

A tuition increase at the four University of Missouri campuses appears likely in the coming academic year. But how much?

Documents released Thursday say the university will "strive to keep (any) increase to single digit(s)," subject to state support.

A budget overview provided to the board was grim, projecting a $105 million state funding gap.



From Earlier:

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Business
10:43 am
Tue December 7, 2010

River City casino won't reach revenue projection

River City casino
(Wikimedia Commons User RamblingGambler)

The St. Louis area's newest casino is falling short of revenue projections.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the River City casino in south St. Louis County is now projected to generate slightly less than $8.2 million in its 10 months of operation this year, and a little less than $10 million in 2011.

Pfizer
3:05 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Read takes over a Pfizer facing many difficulties

Ian Read
Pfizer.com

Pfizer employs about 500 people in research facilities around St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. A shift at the very top of the corporation comes at a trying time for the drugmaking giant.

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Government
10:07 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Mo. housing agency to redo secret vote on ethics

A Missouri agency that finances low-income housing will redo a vote on ethics policy changes that occurred in a closed session.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that it raised concerns the closed meeting by a subcommittee of the Missouri Housing Development Commission may have violated the state's open-meetings law.

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Law
1:59 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Ill. Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has approved civil unions for gay couples.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Here's more information from the AP (as of 2:10 p.m.):

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Crime
12:35 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

2 Dead in shooting outside St. Louis funeral home



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UPDATE 12:35 p.m. 12-1-10:

Information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that the shootings may not be gang related, as was previously stated:

Police on Wednesday did an about-face and said the Reliable Funeral Home shootings may not be gang related, despite previous public statements from Chief Dan Isom."The Chief initially said at the scene that he thought it may be the result of feuding between two gangs but further investigation has not been able to support that," said Erica Van Ross, a spokeswoman for the deparment. "After learning that the parties may have initially become involved in an argument at the funeral, this appears to be, at this point at least, stemming from a personal dispute."

Police say two people are dead after a gang-related shooting outside a St. Louis funeral home while a service was being held inside.

Two other people were injured in the shooting about noon Tuesday at Reliable Funeral Home.

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