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   Drivers on Kirkwood Road are used to waiting for the train, but that wait is a little longer today.  

   Union Pacific crews are making a critical repair to the tracks crossing Kirkwood Road near the Amtrak Station.  That is forcing the trains to use a single track and slow down to 10 miles per hour.  

   City officials say the slower trains are taking longer to pass, and that's holding up traffic on Kirkwood Road.

   Besides the train crossing delays, part of the road will be blocked off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.  Motorists are advised to use the bypass on Clay Avenue if possible.  

   The work and the delays will last through the Thursday evening rush.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 02:54
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republican leaders have introduced a proposal that would force statewide officers to serve a two-term limit.
   Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution on Wednesday.
   It would limit state constitutional officers to two, four-year terms. The proposed amendment also would bar office holders from serving more than 10 years if they were appointed to fill a term before being elected.
   GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner of Winnetka also is pushing for his own term limits initiative that would cap lawmakers' terms at eight years.
   Durkin and Radogno's proposal needs to pass by three-fifths margins in both chambers of the General Assembly by May 4 before it could be placed on the November ballot.
 
Thursday, 24 April 2014 02:44
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   Fire fighters are working to keep a two-alarm fire in north St. Louis from spreading to adjacent homes.  

   The blaze broke out in 5000 block of Vernon about 1:30 Thursday morning.  Fire crews arrived to find the 2 1/2 story home fully involved.  

   There's no word yet what sparked the blaze.  

   Fire officials say there are no injuries reported.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 02:20
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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois has admitted he possessed pipe bombs that officials say he planned to unleash on local sex offenders.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Justin Vangilder entered the pleas Wednesday in East St. Louis federal court to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
 
An FBI agent’s affidavit says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home in Shiloh. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
 
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.
 
He is to be sentenced August 1.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:25
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A St. Louis man is facing first-degree murder charges in his mother's death.
 
Prosecutors allege that Courtney Cunningham allegedly shot his mother in their North St. Louis home. Investigators say the shooting happened sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Cunningham was charged Wednesday in the death of 56-year-old Joyce Boxx.
 
Cunningham is held without bond. 
 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road.
 
Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.
 
Supporters say adults should have the freedom to decide whether to wear a helmet and argue Missouri misses out on tourism because of the current law. Opponents say the helmet law protects riders during accidents and that the measure would cost the state in higher medical bills.
 
The measure given first-round approval Wednesday needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 16.
 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:14
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.
 
Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.
 
Supporters say the earlier primaries would give the winners more time to compete for November's general election. But opponents argue it could also cause lawmakers to campaign more aggressively during the legislative session, which runs through mid-May.
 
The measure needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:09
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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police are helping investigate a suspected drive-by shooting death of a 19-year-old man in southwestern Illinois' Washington Park.
 
   Authorities say Lamont Gregory died Tuesday night at a St. Louis hospital shortly after being shot outside the Crown Mart convenience store in the village.
 
   Washington Park Police Chief Aubrey Keller tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the shooting appeared to be a drive-by.
 
   There was no word Wednesday on any arrests, charges or explanation for the shooting.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:55
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A spate of break-ins targeted south city gyms this morning.

 

Fox2 reports thieves hit at least three different gyms in less than a half an hour early today.  Cars were vandalized at the St. Louis Fitness Club on Hampton and Potomac, and another fitness club in Hampton Village near Schnucks as well as at Blast Fitness on Jefferson and Lafayette. Piles of glass greeted many people after their workouts. St. Louis police got the first call around 6:00am. Hampton Village.

 

Police believe the same suspects may be behind all of the break ins. They are described at this point as two males in a dark grey Grand Prix.

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