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TX Judge orders Armstrong to answer doping questions

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 02:12 Published in National News

   AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping.

   That could possibly even include information about his ex-wife and attorneys.

   Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. A judge previously refused to dismiss the case.

   The company is trying to prove a years-long conspiracy and cover-up by Armstrong to commit fraud. It wants to know when several of Armstrong's personal and business associates — including ex-wife Kristin Armstrong, team officials, the cyclist's lawyers and International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid — first learned of his doping.

   Armstrong's attorneys say Acceptance is engaged in a "fishing expedition" intended to "make a spectacle of Armstrong's doping."

Francis Howell sends first tuition bill to Normandy

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 02:01 Published in Local News

   The first tuition bill is in for Normandy students who transferred to Francis Howell.  

   Four hundred forty-nine transfer students began classes in Francis Howell schools on August 8th.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the total due now is just over $424,000.  Francis Howell Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple told the paper the bill was sent Tuesday via email.  

   Normandy officials say the invoice must be processed and approved by the school board, which could take a month or more.  

   Missouri education officials have suggested unaccredited districts pay tuition bills within 10 days.  State officials have also said they will withhold state aid distributions if an unaccredited district falls two months behind in paying transfer tuition.

   The St. Louis County Council is moving ahead with a bill that would subject County Police Commission nominees to background check.  After the measure advanced Tuesday night, it could win final approval as soon as next week.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that council members dispatched County Executive Charlie Dooley's proposal aimed at forcing subcontractors to disclose potential conflicts of interest on county projects without a vote, effectively rejecting the measure.  

   Both bills grew out of the scandal that unfolded when former police board chairman Gregory Sansone's company was hired to subcontract on construction of a new crime lab.  The FBI is currently investigating the matter.  

   If the background check measure passes, which could happen as soon as next week, it would take affect immediately.

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