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Computer glitch leads to Francis Howell email blitz

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:54 Published in Local News

   Officials in the Francis Howell school district say a computer error led to a strange email blast over the weekend.  Parents of current and former students received emails saying their children were failing classes -- hundreds of them.  

   School district spokesperson Neosha Hayes says the issue has been identified and the flow of emails stopped. Hayes also says student information wasn't compromised because only authorized addresses received the emails.

Dooley picks two for Police Board

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:43 Published in Local News

   County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.  

   If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer.  Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.  

   One other seat remains open on the board.  Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.

   This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies.  All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway. 

East St. Louis gun exchange rounds up 130 guns

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:52 Published in Local News

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say an East St. Louis weekend gun exchange rounded up 130 guns.

   Saturday's event allowed the first 100 people to get $100 grocery store gift cards. All 100 of the gift cards were gone about an hour after the event started.

   Officials say the guns were allowed to be turned in with no questions asked.

   St. Clair County Richard Watson says the event was a success. He says that people who came in said the money would help with Thanksgiving dinners. He says the guns will be destroyed. An event last year took in seven guns.

   According to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, the gift card money came from cash seized during drug raids.

   The guns turned in included long shot guns and rifles with scopes.

 

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