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RiverBender.com | Oct 21, 2014

The Alton City Council is expected to approve a redevelopment agreement with Advanced Outsource Solutions, a division of Challenge Unlimited at its meeting tomorrow night. The agreement will help the company move into a warehouse at the Alton Center Business Park.

WAND-TV Decatur | Oct 18, 2014

The chief of a Southern Illinois fire protection district says new equipment recently donated to the department may have helped save four dogs that died in a house fire last year. The Telegraph reports the South Roxana Fire Protection District received two pet oxygen mask kits from employees of St. Louis' Kennelwood Pet Resorts.

RiverBender.com | Oct 18, 2014

A day of professional musicians and open jams will highlight the second half of today's Downtown Alton Fall Festival. What begins with the return of the Challenge of the Bluffs Run and Chili Cook-Off will end with bluegrass music and open jams where the public can rub elbows with the performers.

RiverBender.com | Oct 17, 2014

An Alton man was arrested this week on charges of child pornography. 33-year-old Anthony Leon Martin of the 3100 block of Paul Street was taken into custody Wednesday at his home after local authorities discovered he had allegedly been distributing the material.

KMOV-TV Saint Louis | Oct 17, 2014

ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.comO -- Police in Alton, Illinois will conduct a special enforcement operation to reduce drunk driving by teenagers.

RiverBender.com | Oct 17, 2014

By this time next year, there may be new homes in the Toledo Avenue area of Alton. That is the prediction of the chairman of the Alton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, who says a plan to build low-income housing in the area near the Sanders Sanitation complex has recently been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

RiverBender.com | Oct 16, 2014

You could be working on a highway construction crew by the time the weather warms again by completing a new course offered by Lewis & Clark Community College. The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is taking applications and will be testing every Monday afternoon, beginning in about a month at the college's Community Learning Center in Alton.

RiverBender.com | Oct 15, 2014

Alton Main Street is planning for a big day this fall, with the return of the Challenge of the Bluffs Run. Following an attempt at a spring race, the run will return to the fall and be held on Saturday October 18 through the Christian Hill neighborhood.

River Front Times | Oct 11, 2014

There is something better than a bloody mary on a Sunday: a bloody-mary bar. The one at Big Muddy Pub is worth the drive to downtown Alton, Illinois, we promise.

RiverBender.com | Oct 11, 2014

A new fundraiser for Make-A-Wish, IL has been deemed a success by event organizers. The inaugural Ride for Wishes was held last Saturday in brisk weather, which may have kept the number of participants down, but those that were there raised over $3,000 for the charity.

RiverBender.com | Oct 11, 2014

A local church is putting on its third Traveling Trivia event next weekend, with proceeds to benefit a summer lunch program for kids in Alton. The Episcopal Parish of Alton is organizing the unique fundraiser to support the Serving Area Kids program, and is taking place on Saturday October 18. The cost to take part in Traveling Trivia is $50 per vehicle if you sign up today, or $60 up until the day of the event.

RiverBender.com | Oct 10, 2014

Alton Main Street and the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club are teaming up again this year to bring the Annual Green Gift Bazaar to the Riverbend, but organizers have hit a snag. They can't say where it's going to be yet because they don't know.

RiverBender.com | Oct 9, 2014

Another in a series of vocal performances by a group of local women will be held tonight in Alton. Seasons of Life will present its fall concert at 7pm at the Main Street United Methodist Church in upper Alton.

RiverBender.com | Oct 7, 2014

The computer classes offered at Senior Services Plus in Alton have been very popular. There are only two openings remaining in the Genealogy course October 22 & 29, and this week's Movie Maker course is full.

RiverBender.com | Oct 7, 2014

Alton has long been touted as the "Most Haunted Small Town in America," and the local tourism bureau says you can learn more on one of a number of haunted evening cruises on the Mississippi River this October to hear the ghoulish stories of Alton. Through the years, many travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton.

RiverBender.com | Oct 6, 2014

The faith-based community in Alton is stepping up to help keep students safe and promote making smart choices after high school football games. Calvary Baptist Church and Heartland Baptist Church have teamed up with the Drug Free Alton Coalition to put together a pair of events to keep students busy after some upcoming Alton High School varsity sports events.

RiverBender.com | Oct 4, 2014

The pending partnership between Saint Anthony's Health System of Alton and OSF Healthcare System of Peoria has received two more approvals needed before the deal is final. In addition to approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, the blessing of the Vatican was received this week.

The Free Dictionary | Oct 18, 2014

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as " Maybellene " , " Roll Over Beethoven " , " Rock and Roll Music " and " Johnny B. Goode " , Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

River Front Times | Oct 16, 2014

Collaborations between breweries aren't exactly new, but they have been becoming a much more common sight on area beer shelves lately.

All About Jazz | Oct 16, 2014

So what's going on this week with live jazz and creative music in St. Louis? Glad you asked, as we just happen to have some recommendations for you, including the return of a local favorite who's been away for a couple of years, a diverse salute to St. Louis music history, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Tonight, pianist Reggie Thomas, the former St. Louisan and former faculty member at Michigan State who's back a little closer to home now that he's heading up the jazz program at Northern Illinois University, will be performing with the Mineral Area College Jazz Ensemble and MAC Kicks Band at the college's Fine Arts Theatre down in Park Hills.

Ira Kodner, MD, the Solon & Bettie Gershman Professor Emeritus of Surgery, will speak at the 19th annual Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis on Oct. 24. The title of his talk is "A Legacy of Excellence: The Washington University and Homer G. Phillips Story." The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave., on the Medical Campus.

KMOV-TV Saint Louis | Oct 15, 2014

Protesters pushing for changes in law enforcement policy are taking their demands to St. Louis City Hall on Wednesday, the latest in a series of organized rallies in the wake of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. Demonstrators calling themselves Young Activists United say they will renew their demands to meet with Mayor Francis Slay and press for immediate changes during the evening rally.

River Front Times | Oct 15, 2014

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River Front Times | Oct 15, 2014

St. Louis Metropolitan Police called to the first shooting around 12:40 a.m. found the body of Keith Thomas, 52, of the 1400 block of East Adelaide Avenue, in the front passenger seat of a car in the 4500 block of Alice Avenue. A 28-year-old woman in the car with Thomas was shot in the leg.

KTOO-TV Juneau | Oct 15, 2014

An unidentified man is taken into custody Monday after performing an act of civil disobedience at the Ferguson, Mo., police station. About 50 were arrested during protests over the police shooting of Michael Brown in August.

River Front Times | Oct 15, 2014

After 34 years heading the Recorder of Deeds Office, Sharon Carpenter was an untouchable power broker and pillar of St. Louis' old guard politicians. Dressed in tuxedos and glittering bow ties, Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett ascended St. Louis City Hall's marble staircase to the second floor prepared to do something illegal - a secret operation months in the making.

Coin World | Oct 15, 2014

An 1838-C Classic Head $5 gold half eagle with a rich family history is a highlight of Scotsman's Oct. 17, 2014, auction. St. Louis auctioneer Scotsman Auction Co.

KSDK-TV Saint Louis | Oct 14, 2014

Lab tests show the 18-year-old shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer in the Shaw neighborhood last week had gunshot residue on his hands, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday. Police: Vonderrit Myers fired gun before being killed Lab tests show the 18-year-old shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer in the Shaw neighborhood last week had gunshot residue on his hands, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday.

Time | Oct 14, 2014

Several American flags are burned during a night of protest after a candlelight vigil for Vonderrit Myers, Jr. in St. Louis on Oct. 8, 2014. Laurie Skrivan, a staff photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , has been documenting the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Russia Taday | Oct 14, 2014

In a fresh action for accountability from the police force, about 100 youths stormed the St. Louis City Hall with banners demanding a civilian review board for all "police shootings" and to stop supplying the force with heavy military equipment. Another demand had to do with body cameras, so that each encounter between an officer and a suspect can be recorded for future reference.

River Front Times | Oct 14, 2014

The Corner Cup opened in Dogtown back in January, and after several months, co-owner Ben Strake and his team are kicking things up a notch.

KSDK-TV Saint Louis | Oct 14, 2014

Protestors staged #FergusonOctober events all around the St. Louis area Monday as the fourth and final day of a weekend of civil disobedience Protesters storm Walmart in Maplewood Protestors staged #FergusonOctober events all around the St. Louis area Monday as the fourth and final day of a weekend of civil disobedience Check out this story on KSDK.com: http://on.ksdk.com/1xMJO4E Protestors staged #FergusonOctober events all around the St. Louis area Monday as the fourth and final day of a weekend of civil disobedience. MAPLEWOOD, Mo.

Medical News | Oct 14, 2014

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that it will grant $2.2 million to scientists to conduct Inflammatory Bowel Disease research. The Rainin Foundation offers support for cutting-edge projects that typically are not eligible for funding from more traditional sources due to their ground-breaking, pioneering nature.

KMOV-TV Saint Louis | Oct 14, 2014

ST. LOUIS Two people were charged Saturday in St. Louis in connection with the damaged police cars during Thursday night's protests on Grand Avenue. Tray Draper and Johnathon Luebbert are both charged with first degree property damage.

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