Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Powerball, Mega Millions sales resume in Illinois * The Illinois Lottery has resumed sales of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets after the conclusion of the state's budget impasse.

Sales of the games were halted last month over concern that Illinois would be unable to pay its share of the prizes without a budget, lottery officials said.

Now with a budget in place, the lottery announced that sales resumed Thursday at its about 8,000 retail partners. (Erin Heffernan)

MARYLAND HEIGHTS > City streamlines approvals for some businesses * Many types of stores and businesses will now be allowed without a conditional use permit in most of Maryland Heights' commercial and industrial zones.

An ordinance approved Thursday night which won Planning Commission approval on June 13 listed the 17 types of businesses. The ordinance's introduction included the phrase "to insure a high occupancy rate among commercial buildings by making the Zoning Code more business friendly."

Convenience stores, meat markets, household appliance stores, electronics stores, baked goods stores, confectioneries, graphic design services, appliance rentals and other kinds of stores and businesses are now included among those allowed to be approved administratively.

Conditional-use permits require a hearing and then a vote of the City Council.

"This action followed an interpretation of the former code, which was subjecting a building exterior cleaning service to needing a conditional use permit in the industrial zone," said planning director Mike Zeek. "No one wanted that and now it's been changed, and we added several other instances where a conditional-use permit shouldn't be and is no longer required." (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

KIRKWOOD > Council OKs study on pedestrian crossing * The Kirkwood City Council voted Thursday night to hire a consultant to do a study on the potential placement of a crossing with a pedestrian-activated red light on South Geyer Road. …

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