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Alton Middle School will be closed  Tuesday due to a gas leak.  

   The leak was discovered late Monday morning.  The school was closed and students sent home around 11:00 a.m.

   Ameren crews thought they had contained the leak, but it's turning out to be a little tougher to repair than originally thought.  So classes are cancelled while crews continue to work on it.  

   School officials say the closure is precautionary, since only a small amount of natural gas was detected inside the building. 

Poll: Older Americans nix Social Security change

Sunday, 03 November 2013 08:59 Published in National News

CHICAGO (AP) — A poll shows strong opposition among older Americans to most proposals that would cut Social Security benefits.

The survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that about 6 in 10 people age 50 and older oppose changing the way cost-of-living raises are calculated or gradually raising the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits.

Many want more generous benefits. About one-third believes the eligibility age for full benefits should be below 65.

Respondents show more willingness to support proposals that primarily would impact high-earners.

About 4 in 10 people 50 and older support reducing benefits for seniors with higher incomes. About 6 in 10 support raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.

Appeals court to review approval of BP settlement

Sunday, 03 November 2013 08:56 Published in National News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company's massive 2010 oil spill.

On Monday, the one-time allies will be at odds. Several months after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the deal, BP started complaining that the judge and court-appointed claims administrator misinterpreted the settlement. BP is worried it could be forced to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses.

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered the deal disagree. They want the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the class-action settlement.

As of Friday, payments have been made to more than 38,000 people and businesses for an estimated $3.7 billion.

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