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MISSOURI Jefferson City Lewis and Clark monument dedicated The Missouri Capitol has a new monument honoring the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It was dedicated on Wednesday. The Lewis and Clark Trailhead Monument features bronze fi gures of Lewis and Clark and several other members of the expedition — interpreter George Drouillard; Clark’s slave, York; and Lewis’ dog, Seaman. When originally approved in 2002, the monument was scheduled to be completed in time for Jefferson City’s 2004 bicentennial celebration of their exploration. But the monument ran into funding troubles. New checkoff for breast cancer services Missouri taxpayers will have the option of contributing money to breast cancer services when fi ling their taxes next year. Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday adding the contribution checkoff to income tax forms. The state would pass the contributions on to the Friends of the Missouri Women’s Council for providing breast cancer services. Missouri already has 18 other options for donating money on its tax forms. St. Louis County County would handle some violations WILDWOOD • The St. Louis County Council is considering taking over prosecution of some ordinance violations in Wildwood at the city’s request. Property maintenance and construction code violations in Wildwood would be prosecuted in St. Louis County Municipal Court. The county would keep proceeds from fi nes and court costs. Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, introduced the bill at a meeting Tuesday. City gets look at condo plan WEBSTER GROVES • The developer of a planned 3 1 ⁄ 2 -story, 26-unit condominium at 306 West Lockwood Avenue gave the city a look at his proposal Tuesday. Michael Byrd of Core 10 Architecture told the City Council at a public hearing that the 26 units will be of differing sizes and that the building will be named the Providence. Prices will range from $370,000 to $425,000. The four-story building’s garage will have two entry ramps. The council will vote on the condo plan at a later meeting. St. Charles County City will pay more for road project WENTZVILLE • Aldermen voted to add nearly $135,000 to a double-turn lane project to connect Wentzville Parkway to eastbound Interstate 70. Without the funds aldermen approved Wednesday, the project would have been dropped, said Dianna Wright, city administrator. The city is funding the Missouri Department of Transportation project. But the low bid exceeded MoDOT’s estimate, prompting the need for more money. City offi cials will use money from the Interstate Drive project, which will not get under way this year as initially planned. Wright said the city hopes the turn-lane project will be done by late this fall. Gasconade County Kennel ordered to stop operations HERMANN • A judge in Gasconade County ordered Jodie Craft, owner of a kennel near Bland, to stop shipping, selling or giving away any dogs. Inspectors from the state Agriculture Department found that Craft had sold three dogs with parvovirus, a highly contagious disease. Attorney General Jay Nixon sued Craft for violating state consumer protection laws by taking money for dogs that were never delivered and misrepresenting the health of dogs she sold. Nixon says Craft has asked that her state license be terminated within 100 days. He requested that she be ordered to make restitution. ILLINOIS Metro East Website will follow levee upgrades A new website was launched Wednesday to help keep Metro East residents informed about efforts to upgrade the area’s levee systems. The site — swillinoislevees.org — was developed with support from Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties, the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention Initiative, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. It contains information about the regional effort to improve the levees and avoid a reclas- sifi cation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that threatens to slow economic development and would force residents and businesses to buy costly fl ood insurance. The Illinois Legislature recently authorized the three counties to enact a quarter-cent sales tax that would help pay for levee improvements that could cost as much as $180 million. Elsewhere No progress in Illinois budget meeting CHICAGO • Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson says little progress was made during a meeting with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and top legislative leaders about the state budget. Watson says there was more “fi nger-pointing” and “dysfunction.” Blagojevich called Thursday’s meeting with top legislative leaders to talk about fi xing a state budget that he says is $2 billion out of whack and passing a massive public works program. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s surrogate, Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, left before the other leaders. Currie accused Blagojevich of manufacturing a crisis and says it’s his job to deal with the budget. Blagojevich’s offi ce says they want to meet again with leaders next week. _________________________________________________________________________ Metro digest _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ M 1 | FRIDAY | JUNE 6, 2008 | ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH | STLTODAY.COM | C3 NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION SWEET NOTES : When Erin Schreiber of Elsah was 12, she was accepted as a student at the inaugural Innsbrook Music Institute, which was founded by St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen and Ed Boyce . On Tuesday, Schreiber, now 20, was named assistant concertmaster for the SLSO. Musicians from around the world auditioned for the position. To say she’s come full circle is an understatement. Schreiber is the fi rst student from the institute — which hosts a program for advanced young musicians and 11 days of performances by internationally acclaimed musicians — to be hired by the Symphony. The eighth annual music institute opens today at the Innsbrook resort in Warren County. Schreiber will return to Innsbrook next week as a member of the newly created Residency Program for Emerging Young Artists. She will begin her new work with the SLSO in the fall and will perform with the Symphony at Innsbrook Saturday at 7 p.m. Her parents are Eric and Lynn Schreiber . Dad works at Boeing. Erin is an undergraduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. COOL POOL : St. Louis’ A.E. Schmidt Billiards is featured in this summer’s issue of Oprah Winfrey ’s “O at Home” magazine. The story, headlined “Good Works Makeover,” tells about the company’s donation of a custom-made, wheelchair-accessible pool table to Victory One, a residence for low-income seniors in Harlem. New York interior designer Elaine Griffi n was in charge of making over the basement of the home into a “great room” that includes four sections, including one devoted to billiards. A key element in the transformation is Schmidt’s “Carsten Diner” pool table. Schmidt donated the same style table in May to the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the V.A. Medical Cen- ter at Jefferson Barracks, and Kurt Schmidt , owner of the company, will display that style table among others at the upcoming Billiard Congress of America trade show in Charlotte, N.C. A.E. Schmidt Billiards, which was established in 1850, builds its tables at the company’s factory near Interstate 55 and Loughborough Avenue. AUSSIE TAGGERS: Looks like the Hoffman LaChance Gallery on Sutton Boulevard is importing tag- gers from Melbourne. The gallery will display “StenSOUL.com the art of Peat Wollaeger and Per Square Metre Studio presents 10,320 Miles from Melbourne,” beginning June 13. According to the gallery, the show will feature works by “renowned Australian graffi ti artists Askem, Dabs (Mr. Smooth), Dvate, Myla and Sear .” The Aussie crew is running simultaneous exhibitions in El Lay, Philly and New York. At the bottom of the gallery’s note is this comment: “Please be sure to look around town for works on the street by these amazing artists!” KUDOS TO THE LOU’S MAG : St. Louis Magazine editor-in-chief Stephen Schenkenberg says the mag’s staffers are celebrating after winning the silver award for general excellence at this year’s City and Regional Magazine Association con- ference and award competition. This is the second year in a row that the magazine has won the silver in this category. St. Louis Magazine has six National City and Regional Magazine Editorial and Design Awards. TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Mike Faille , owner of Talayna’s Restaurant at 310 DeBaliviere Street, is a cancer survivor and wants to give others the benefi ts of his experience. He is offering free lectures the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant. Lecture topics Faille has planned are: cancer, the true cause and cure; how you got it; how to get rid of it; how to avoid getting it. HIPPITY-HOPPITY : The Hip- Hop Health Initiative at 4200 North Union Boulevard has won an Outstanding Community Garden Award from the Mantis garden-equipment company. The health initiative, which is headed by Kyria Virshelle , brings together youths, seniors , people from faith-based organizations and community and business leaders to garden together and to perform services such as trash and snow removal. The partnership program is called Sow Unique. Twenty-fi ve community gardens from across the country received the awards and a tiller and cultivator for their gardening programs. DEB PETERSON Young musician continues making mark at Symphony debpeterson@post-dispatch.com | 314-340-8276 Gunman commandeers car, dies in crash By Kim Bell ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ST. LOUIS • A gunman who forced his way into a car to escape armed pursuers was killed in a traffi c crash during a running gunbattle late Wednesday, police said. Richard Joy, 37, of the 1200 block of South 11th Street, died at the scene about 11 p.m., after being thrown from a car at Hebert and Parnell streets. Police said Joy was riding in a Chevrolet Malibu that sped through a stop sign and collided with a van at that intersection. Offi cers found a .40-caliber gun on the ground a few feet from the wreckage. Police said the 33-year-old driver of the Malibu told them Joy had jumped into his car at a BP gas station at 1235 North Grand Boulevard and ordered him to drive. The motorist said Joy was being chased by three men in a dark-colored, four-door vehicle that continued to pursue them, fi ring shots. He said Joy was returning fi re until the collision. The driver of the Malibu was examined at a hospital and held by police on six city probation violations and a federal probation violation. Police withheld his identity. The van driver, 27, was treated for unspecifi ed injuries. The shooters in the dark-colored vehicle remained at large. Joy was a parole absconder wanted by the Missouri Division of Proba- tion and Parole. In December 2004, he pleaded guilty in St. Louis of burglary and robbery and was sentenced to seven years in prison, according to court records. He was paroled in October 2006 but was declared a parole absconder in February. Joy’s sister-in-law, Joanne Lax, said Thursday he was the youngest of 11 children and leaves behind three children, 16, 4 and 9 months. She said he had been unable to fi nd work since his release from prison, and that his extended family was helping support him. Jeremy Kohler of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report. kbell@post-dispatch.com | 314-340-8115 Water work Bryan Schmidt (center), of St. Louis, paddles Thursday afternoon in Forest Park with help from his twin sons Sebastian (left) and Seth. The Schmidts cooled off during their ride by catching some of the spray from the Grand Basin’s fountains. Thursday’s high temperature was 89 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain at or slightly above 90 through the weekend. J.B. Forbes | Post-Dispatch By Kim McGuire ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH The planned expansion of the Wood River refi nery suffered a setback this week as a federal appeals board granted a partial victory to environmental groups that challenged a crucial air permit granted last year to ConocoPhillips. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Integrity Project and the Illinois-based American Bottomlands Conservancy challenged the permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency arguing — among other things — that harmful air pollution from the refi nery’s fl ares was not being controlled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appeals board determined that Illinois EPA didn’t adequately address questions raised during the permit process regarding pollution from the flares and ordered the agency to go back and analyze that data. The ruling opens the door for another round of public comments, which could push back the $15 billion project even further. Project offi cials had hoped to start construction earlier this year but that was on hold as a result of the challenge before the appeal board. “Right now we’re in the process of digesting all the pieces of this decision to determine how it’s going to impact the refi nery,” said Bill Gra- ham, a ConocoPhillips spokesman. Members of the environmental groups that challenged the permit said the appeal board decision sends Illinois EPA and ConocoPhillips back to the drawing board. “Our intention is not to stop the expansion project, but to ensure that the refi nery lives up to the standards of the Clean Air Act and its protections for the people who live and work nearby,” said Natural Resources Defense Council Attorney Ann Alexander . “ConocoPhillips simply ignored the requirement to fi nd and use the best available pollution control technology.” A spokeswoman for Illinois EPA said the agency “stands by our commitment to the environment and our permit,” but could not further comment on the decision as it was being reviewed. She also could not specify how long that review might take and whether it would delay the project. The planned expansion is a joint project of ConocoPhillips and En- Cana Corp., a Canadian company. It is part of a $15 billion plan to expand EnCana’s oil production from the oil sands in northeastern Alberta and process the oil at ConocoPhil- lips refi neries in Roxana and Borger, Texas. The expansion, if both of two planned phases are completed, is expected to add 80 to 100 permanent jobs to the 800 now provided by the refi nery. kmcguire@post-dispatch.com | 314-340-8250 Joy Refi nery expansion in Wood River hits a snag Calm and cool Family beats the heat with fl oat through Forest Park Richard Joy, 37, was being chased by armed men, St. Louis police say. Federal appeals board orders Illinois EPA to re-analyze data after groups challenge air permit

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