Morning round-up
6:23 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, July 6, 2012

St. Louis County police investigating credit card use of Valley Park mayor

St. Louis County police are investigating the alleged misuse of funds by the mayor of Valley Park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the investigation began last month, but officers went to City Hall this week with the list of documents they’ll need.

Mayor Nathan Grellner is accused of using his city credit card to make personal purchases, including a washer and dryer and a Bosch vacuum. Earlier this week, a Valley Park alderwoman revealed that the charges also included $34 at an east side strip club.

Grellner says he’s been under high levels of stress and could not distinguish between his personal cards and the city’s card. He said he’s reimbursed the city for the charges.

Nixon limits working hours at state mental hospitals

Gov.Jay Nixon has signed a measure that limits the number of hours employees at two high-security state mental hospitals can be on shift.

Employees at the Fulton State Hospital and the sexual offender rehabilitation and treatment program in Farmington will no longer be able to work more than 12 hours out of 24 unless the Department of Mental Health declares an emergency workforce shortage. Supporters of the measure say long working hours leave employees unable to safely do their jobs.

Quinn in Spain to recruit business

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is in Spain on an unannounced trip to court investment in the state’s manufacturing and alternative energy industries.

Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor arrived on Thursday for a series of meetings with Spanish businesses. She says Quinn is paying his own expenses, and the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is paying for two aides who specialize in foreign trade.