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Jury clears man accused of stabbing son

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:30 Published in Local News
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois jury has cleared a man of charges that he wrongly stabbed his son in the neck with scissors.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a St. Clair County jury deliberated two hours before acquitting 57-year-old Charles Phillips of rural Belleville on Wednesday. He was charged with domestic battery and aggravated battery.
Police responding to a reported domestic disturbance Dec. 4 at Phillips' home found a wounded Michael Phillips, who told them his father stabbed him during an argument.
The younger Phillips was treated at a hospital and was released.
During Charles Phillips' trial, his attorneys argued that their client has an amputated leg and a disabled arm, and that he stabbed his son in self-defense after being abused for days.

Illinois Governor takes steps to ease propane shortage

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:27 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - The state of Illinois is offering more help to low-income households struggling to heat their homes because of a shortage of propane.
 Earlier this week, Gov. Pat Quinn declared the shortage in Illinois an emergency. He relaxed rules on truck drivers so they could travel out of state in search of propane supplies.
On Friday, Quinn announced other steps, including an additional credit of $1,000 for each household taking part in a program that helps low-income residents with home energy bills.
The governor says no one should have to choose "between feeding their families and heating their homes."
In another change, the state will temporarily waive inspections of trucks carrying propane shipments to speed up delivery.
Officials are also asking consumers to report any suspected price gouging.

Legal battle swirls around the patent on Square

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:21 Published in Local News
A couple of local men are going toe-to-toe in federal court in St. Louis. At the heart of the issue is a patent infringement lawsuit against payments startup Square Inc. 
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the suit reflects a long-simmering legal battle over Square's technology.  
Robert Morley, an associate professor in Washington University’s engineering department, is suing Square and its co-founders Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, claiming that he was unfairly cut out of the Square enterprise after developing key software.  
Square is a small plastic device that plugs into mobile devices including smartphones and iPads and processes credit card transactions.
Morley alleges breach of fiduciary duty, patent infringement and fraud against Square and its co-founders.
Morley seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
 

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