The 37 percent increase is blamed on banks repossessing homes that were in the foreclosure process.
Illinois transportation officials say that work to increase rail speeds to 110 mph will mean service changes for some Amtrak trains between Chicago and St. Louis.
The number of Illinois police departments tracing guns has risen from 392 two years ago to 451 now. Last year, 11,500 crime guns in Illinois were traced, and 6,200 have been so far this year.
Mayor Slay has announced his plans to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour in St. Louis by 2020.
Slay spokeswoman Maggie Crane on Tuesday confirmed that the Democratic mayor wants to raise the city’s minimum. A starting point for discussion is $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2020, Crane said, but details are still being ironed out.
183 guns were reported stolen in the first four months of 2015 – a 65 percent increase from the same period last year.
Farm Bureau Commodities Director Kelly Smith says we’ll see the price of turkey and eggs increase.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the legislation authorizing the $300 fines.
Missouri home care workers on Monday pressed lawmakers to allow a proposed increase in their minimum wage to take effect, despite opposition from home health care companies arguing it could cause them financial hardship.
At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.