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Rams claim they've overcharged fans, ask for tax refund

Thursday, 26 December 2013 01:46 Published in Local News

   The St. Louis Rams are again asking the state of Missouri to refund some of the taxes they've paid.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has filed six appeals since 2008 asking for a total of $4.7 million.  

   This time, the team is claiming it collected too much in taxes from ticket buyers -- about 40 cents per $100 ticket.  The paper reports Rams attorneys have filed a tax appeal asking for a $401,000 refund.  And they want the state to forgive another $445,000.  

   The Rams say they discovered they've been charging state sales taxes on base ticket prices plus city taxes.

   The team admits it can't return the money to ticket buyers.

Maryland Hts. woman involved in fatal crash

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:44 Published in Local News

   Two people are dead and four other injured after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, Illinois.  

   Police say 22 year old Megan Michelle Hester of Maryland Heights, Missouri lost control of the SUV she was driving Tuesday afternoon.  It crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was hit by a tractor-trailer.  

   Two people from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 49 year old Jill Gibson and a 13 year old boy were killed. The teen's name hasn't been released.  Hester and three passengers were seriously hurt.  The semi driver wasn't hurt.

Mann and Shenandoah Schools to stay open

Friday, 20 December 2013 08:31 Published in Local News

   Two south St. Louis schools will be renovated instead of being closed.  

   St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams recommended to the school board Thursday night that Shenandoah and Mann Elementary Schools remain open.  

   A 2009 study had suggested that both be closed and a single new school be built to replace them.  Adams says improvements in enrollment, academics and community support since then influenced his decision.  

   The proposed renovations would cost about $1.4 million.

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