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Star sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo has died

Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:46 Published in Local News

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A star sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo has died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bennie the sea lion died Friday. He was 11.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says tests will be done to determine the cause of death. She says the sea lion had been lethargic and eating poorly for several days.

Bennie was born at the zoo's Sea Lion Basin in 2002 and had been part of the Sea Lion Show for seven years. He was known for kissing onlookers, from average visitors to movie stars and Cardinals ballplayers.

Bennie was also in a 2012 television commercial announcing the opening of the zoo's then-new Sea Lion Sound. The ad won a Brass Ring Award in Marketing Excellence.

Ride-sharing service hits snags in St. Louis

Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:44 Published in Local News

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A smartphone app-based ride-sharing service has started service in St. Louis, ignoring a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission.

Lyft lets users look for members who offer rides. Lyft drivers, who outfit the front grilles of their cars with large pink mustaches, are separate from for-hire taxi services. There's no set payment on Lyft rides, but passengers are encouraged to make a donation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program began Friday in St. Louis, with the San Francisco-based company throwing a launch party. Lyft ignored a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission when the app went live in St. Louis.

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Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:42 Published in Local News

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans have outlined a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.

Under the bill endorsed by a Senate committee, federal agents who enforce those laws would be banned from future service in any state or local law enforcement agency.

The change comes as House and Senate backers try to reach a compromise on the legislation that has been passed separately by each chamber. The current version is pending in the Senate.

Supporters say the measure would make federal agents think twice before enforcing a gun control law. But the new approach is unlikely to sway opponents of the measure, who still say it is unconstitutional because states cannot nullify federal laws.

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