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Cape Girardeau Officials Tweak New Alcohol Ordinance

Nov 1, 2012
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  Cape Girardeau city officials are tweaking a proposed ordinance that will prohibit those under 21 years of age from being inside bars after 10:00 p.m.

The revised ordinance now makes an exception for workers who are under 21 years old. 

City Manager Scott Meyer says says they are considering exceptions for special events.

“The spirit of the law is to really say once it’s ten o’clock, it your main function is alcohol, then you ought to be restricting people less than 21 from being there,” Meyers said.

Signs dot lawns throughout southern Illinois, urging Governor Pat Quinn to keep the Tamms Correctional Center Open.
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An arbitrator decided Illinois Governor Pat Quinn can close the Tamms Supermax prison, the all-female Dwight prison, and other facilities.

Governor Quinn filed a petition in Cook County asking for authorization to proceed with the consolidations.

Arbitrator Steve Bierig said the state met its obligation to bargain with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, the union that represent prison workers.

Bierig also decided the closures would not present a “clear and present danger” to prison workers.

Cape Girardeau Police Department

The Cape Girardeau Police Department now has a license plate reader camera attached to one of its patrol cars. The camera allows police to scan a large number of license plates in a short period of time.

During a recent training session, Cape Girardeau police were able to scan 800 license plates within 30 minutes, according to police spokesperson Darin Hickey.

“We are looking for stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, felony warrants, Amber Alerts, registered sex offenders,” Hickey said.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

St.Louis activist groups say they're planning several protests this week against Peabody Energy.

Earlier this week activists hung a banner on a Peabody Energy and United Way billboard that read "Dirty Coal  Dirty Money".

And activists joined student groups on Tuesday to protest at Washington University, saying the school had too cozy of a relationship with Peabody.

Arielle Klagsbrun is helping to organize this week's demonstrations.

Girl Found Safe, Kidnapper In Jail

Oct 25, 2012
Poplar Bluff Police Departmen / St. Louis Public Radio

  A Poplar Bluff man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a girl,Abigail Berthoff, Wednesday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Butler County Sheriff and Poplar Bluff Police arrested registered sex offender Jeffrey Dean Shelton at 1:50 Wednesday afternoon.

Darron Moore of the Poplar Bluff police department says they found Shelton with the girl about ten miles south of Poplar Bluff.

The Butler County prosecutor charged Shelton with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, Felonious Restraint, 1st Degree Burglary and Child Kidnapping.