Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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EAST ST. LOUIS Council Approves 4.5 Percent Pay Hike

Most East St. Louis city employees will get a 4 1/2 percent pay raise - their first in years - if a City Council vote is upheld.

The council voted 4-1 Thursday increase the pay of about 70 employees. Police, firefighters and public works employees are getting increases through separate labor contracts.

"This is the first time the majority of employees have received a raise in probably six to eight years, some even longer," said Mayor Gordon Bush, who supported the raise. Debra Powell was the only council member to vote against it.

Bush said the raise was possible because of revenue from the Casino Queen riverboat.

The raise must be approved by the East St. Louis Financial Advisory Authority, which oversees the city's finances. The city had been working closely with that authority and Bush believes the raise would be approved, he said.

***** TROY Two Killed When Motorcycle Strikes Sign

Two people were killed near Troy early Thursday when their motorcycle struck a highway sign.

The victims were identified as the driver, Randall M. O'Brien, 38, of the 700 block of Pine Street, Highland, and his passenger, Lisa K. Burgess, 29, of "A" Street, Highland.

Coroner Dallas Burke of Madison County said they suffered head and other injuries, and were pronounced dead just before 2 a.m. Thursday. Neither victim wore a helmet, Burke said.

They were eastbound on Interstate 55-70 near U.S. Route 40 when the motorcycle ran off the road at a curve and struck a sign, Burke said.

Burgess was thrown from the motorcycle, and O'Brien's body was found under it, Burke said.

***** EAST ST. LOUIS Man Chased, Killed At Housing Complex

Gary L. Triplett, 25, of East St. Louis, was fatally shot early Thursday at a public housing complex in the city. Police were looking for two men they said had chased Triplett into the Samuel Gompers Homes and shot him repeatedly there about 1:50 a. …

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