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10/26/08 TO 11/1/08

A loan of a handgun, and a killing

MO - When Christopher Hanneken's body was found inside the Storage USA office in St. Charles... Police noted that the surveillance tapes - for both inside and outside the facility - had been removed. That suggested that the killer or killers were familiar with the security system. Suspicion quickly turned to Eric Winfrey, an ex-con who had lived in the apartment above the office. He had shared that apartment with his girlfriend, his girlfriend's sister and the sister's husband. Investigators asked Winfrey what he had been doing the day of the murder. He gave them a rundown and said he had ended his day at the casino. Records show he had bought $145 in chips. Winfrey, it turned out, was in jail after being arrested at a casino for a scam involving chips. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Bill McClellan / 10/26/2008

Casino Queen boat sold, heading upriver to Hartford, Ill. for now

MO - EAST ST LOUIS -- The riverboat that housed the Casino Queen for 14 years has been sold to a Branson entertainment company, but the boat won't become part of that Ozark town's tourist attractions. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Doug Moore / 10/27/2008

Penn National Gaming poised to go shopping

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday became the final casino jurisdiction to approve a $1.475 billion breakup deal in this summer's failed acquisition of Penn National Gaming. Joel Simpkins, an analyst with Macquarie Securities USA, speculated to Bloomberg News this week that Ameristar Casinos, Pinnacle Entertainment and selected properties owned by Harrah's Entertainment could be on Penn's shopping list. / The Kansas City Star / By RICK ALM / Oct 30, 2008

Police investigate death of soldier staying at Lumiere

MO - Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old soldier over the weekend, who was staying at the Hotel Lumiere downtown with two friends. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Patrick M. O'Connell / 10/29/2008

Speak Out 10/30/08

MO - No gambling... OUR DOWNTOWN is alive. All you have to do is drive downtown on a weekend night and try to get a parking space. People are dining out, and going to bars. Gamblers won't help downtown, because they get on a boat. Money from gambling goes for making the casino owner richer. Ordinary people are left with no money, which means businesses dry up. Cape Girardeau is a growing city. We don't need the gambling money. Cape Girardeau is a true gem of a city and it doesn't have to sink to a state of despair to bring in dirty money. / October 30, 2008