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Susan Smith-Harmon

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STL Aldermen approve downtown music festival deal

Monday, 14 April 2014 14:12 Published in Local News

   Mega-concerts are coming to downtown St. Louis after the city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a bill that would grant Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and its company, Summer Rocks LLC, excusive access to the Gateway Mall over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.  

   Mayor Francis Slay, who supports the measure, still must sign it, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that today's 21-4 vote allows the concert producers to begin lining up financial partners and talent for the music festivals.  

   Under the terms of the deal, Summer Rocks would guarantee the city $50,000 per festival in the first 10 years of a possible 20 year agreement. It also would pay up to $400,000 per festival for city services and a percentage of ticket sales.  

   Organizers say they expect to begin with a country music festival on Memorial Day weekend 2015.  

IL lawmaker weigh ban on traffic ticket quotas

Friday, 11 April 2014 17:11 Published in Local News

   Traffic ticket quotas may soon be a thing of the past in Illinois.  

   A proposal to outlaw them has cleared the state Senate and will be considered in the House. The legislation says police officers can't be evaluated on the number of citations they write.

   The bill's sponsor says it will let officers use more discretion in deciding whether or not to give someone a ticket.

   The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer two years ago will spend a lifetime in prison -- two of them, in fact.  Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon Junior was sentenced this morning to two life terms plus 20 years.  

   He had been convicted last month of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two burglary counts, car theft, and other felonies.  

   Officer Mike Vernon had been searching an alley for a suspected burglar in May of 2012 when Cannon popped out of a dumpster and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times and is paralyzed from the waist down. 

   In an interview after Cannon's trial, Vernon told reporters he wanted Cannon to sit in prison and think about the fact that he (Vernon) wasn't going to open the lid to the dumpster where Cannon had been hiding.  Vernon said he wanted Cannon to realize that he wouldn't have been discovered if he'd just kept still.

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