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   Authorities in Roxana, Illinois are trying to determine what, if any charges will be filed after an apparent April Fool's Day prank prompted lockdowns at Roxana Junior and Senior High School Tuesday afternoon.  
   Roxana Police Chief Will Cunningham says a middle school student sent a text message to a parent saying shots had been fired at the high school.  That student's mother called police.  
   Ten agencies responded in a matter of minutes and the campus was locked down.  The student who sent the message was located and confirmed that no shots had been fired.  
   Chief Cunningham called it a very serious incident. "This is something that all local responders and school districts train for," he said.  He called the prank "a very serious mistake."
   Cunningham says he'll discuss possible charges with the Madison County State's Attorney.  
   District Superintendent Debra Kreutztrager promised to work with law enforcement to determine what school consequences might be enforced. She praised the police who responded and her staff for following all the district procedures for an intruder on campus.
 
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 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A preservationist group has released its list of the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois.
 
Landmarks Illinois announced its list Tuesday morning. It includes Chicago's Uptown Theatre, a U.S. Marine hospital in Galena that was built in 1859 and a more than 125-year-old primary school in Otterville.
The group has released its annual list since 1995 hoping to call attention to the threatened sites.
 
Landmarks Illinois officials say that since it started the list designation, more than a third of the places have been saved.
The list also includes Hotel Belleville, a 1931 art deco building on the public square in the southern Illinois city. It also lists the Old Millstadt Water Tower.
This year there's a special 11th item, the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:52
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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is recommending steps to protect and bolster military bases and defense spending within the state.
Zweifel's suggestions include creating a Missouri Military Foundation. The proposed private not-for-profit entity would coordinate efforts to support existing military installations and boost defense spending.
 
The foundation would have a board that includes business leaders, community organizations and retired military members.
Zweifel also proposes a compact that could allow military members to apply service time toward labor apprenticeships.
 
The treasurer also recommends efforts to protect military families' finances. He said Tuesday that Missouri community colleges have agreed to help develop a financial literacy program.
 
Gov. Jay Nixon assigned Zweifel to develop the recommendations. The treasurer met with federal officials, Pentagon officials, community groups and others.
   
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would require annual written authorization for public employee unions to receive dues automatically deducted from a worker’s paycheck.
The measure endorsed Monday evening would require similar approval for unions to spend worker fees on political activities.
 
Supporters argued it gives public employees more control over how unions spend their fees. Opponents say it would be an undue burden on those who want to participate in a union.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year. To avoid another veto, this year’s Republican-supported measure would head to the August ballot instead.
 
The bill, known to supporters as “paycheck protection,” needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. It does not apply to unions representing first responders, such as police and firefighter organizations.
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will lead a Senate hearing on Wednesday to examine General Motors’ recent decision to recall 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have been linked to at least 12 deaths.

McCaskill is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over several federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Senator McCaskill’s hearing will focus on GM’s decisions, over more than 10 years, to not issue a safety recall, and will consider whether the NHTSA has the capability, data, and resources to effectively monitor vehicle safety defects.

McCaskill’s panel will hear from GM’s CEO Mary Barra, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General Calvin Scovel.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin.
 
The proposed law would amend the state's vehicle code to let drivers "sign and go" by making a written promise to comply with the terms of the ticket they receive. Drivers who violate the agreement would have their driving privileges suspended under the law.
 
Currently, non-residents of the state can keep their license if they're pulled over while passing through Illinois. Proponents of the law say Illinois residents should have the same privileges.
 
The measure passed out of a Senate committee last week and is now being considered by the full chamber.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An 11-year-old girl and her father are hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot in St. Louis.
 
Police say the shooting happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday as the father and daughter were driving, soon after leaving a White Castle restaurant. Another car followed them from the restaurant and someone in that car began shooting. The man and his daughter were both struck once in the back.
 
The names of the victims have not been released. Police are looking for the shooter.
 
The attack happened less than a week after 11-year-old Antonio Johnson was shot to death inside his north St. Louis home when someone shot through a window.
 
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   O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A man and woman from New Mexico are facing charges after authorities allegedly found more than 200 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
   Authorities say 38 year old Matthew Serrano and 23 year old Vista Scott are both charged with drug trafficking and attempted trafficking.
   The suspects were in a car stopped for a traffic violation Saturday in O'Fallon, Mo. Police say they noticed a strong marijuana odor and performed a search that uncovered nine large bundles of the drug.
   Both are jailed on $100,000 bond.
 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.
   The bill was approved with a 135-10 vote on Monday and now heads to the Senate.
   Under the measure, only a reasonable belief of fraud could cause drivers to be required upon renewal to show license clerks documents that prove lawful residence and citizenship.
   Supporters say the bill makes renewals easier and that drivers already had to show source documents to get their license the first time. Some opponents argued the measure could make it easier to commit fraud.
   Republican Rep. Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, is the legislation's sponsor.
 
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