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Rural Businesses Need Better Internet Access To Expand, But Solutions Aren’t So Easy

Swiss Meat and Sausage has been butchering animals and selling meats in a small, unincorporated east-central Missouri town for 50 years. Co-owner Janice Thomas wants to expand, and to do that, she’ll need more business from out-of-town customers. “If there is one place that has some room, it’s with our online ordering,” she said. The community of Swiss has minimal internet access: It’s not high speed, and it’s unreliable.

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St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Zoo will have a tenth birthday party for Raja the elephant today. The Asian elephant was the first elephant born at the zoo, in St. Louis's Forest Park.

Today there will be a giant birthday cake stuffed with goodies for Raja, and the public is invited to sing "Happy Birthday" at 11 this morning. Admission is free.

St. Louis, MO – Mertens' fellow commissioners have both backed the proposal by Riviera Holdings.
The company wants to bring a $150 million-dollar casino and entertainment complex to Barnhart.
The gaming commission voted in June to consider another casino in the St. Louis area.
Other companies have proposed rival projects in south St. Louis County.
The gaming commission plans to study the casino proposals over
the next three months.

AP – Clohessy, who lives in St. Louis, directs the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He says being listed by the magazine confirms the Catholic Church is starting to face the problem of sexual abuse by clergy. Clohessy likened the ongoing saga to an infection in the body of the Catholic church, with lay people bringing the problem to light. Clohessy says Catholic lay people must continue to promote the cause and provide support for abuse victims.

St. Louis, MO – After dropping a layer of snow blamed for at least six traffic deaths Monday in southwestern and central Missouri, the storm
reached the northeastern corner of the state by late yesterday. The flakes began hitting the
ground in St. Louis at mid-morning today. Up to a half-foot was predicted for St. Louis, where the snow arrived a full day later
than expected. Lieutenant Tim Hull of the highway patrol says unless people
really have to go somewhere, it would be a good idea to stay off the roads.

AP – A judge ordered Mack's release on Tuesday. Mack claims the killing was an accident, and the Illinois Supreme Court ordered him removed from death row in 1995. He then received a life sentence but a state appeals court ordered him released pending a court hearing next month. Mack's attorney argues that he has satisfied his sentence.

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