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   The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Rockwood School Board member has violated the state's conflict-of-interest law.  

   The commission found that over a two year period Steve Smith voted more than a dozen times on construction orders that allowed his employer, Glenn Construction to raise its fees on contracts with the school board.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Smith has been hit with a $10,000 fine, but if he pays within 45 days, the amount drops to $2,000.  If he violates the conflict-of-interest law again in the next two years, Smith would be on the hook for the other $8,000.  

   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had come to the same conclusion in his February audit of the Rockwood School District. 

   Smith served on the Rockwood Board of Education as a Glenn Construction employee between May 2010 and June 2012.

 
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:18
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St. Louis County Police asking for help to find a burglar who has hit Lutheran North High School for a fourth time.

The most recent incident occurred October 27. The suspect stole an Apple desktop computer from the school's counseling room. The suspect is described as a black man in his 30's. He has a mustache. The suspect was last seen wearing a green jacket, with a tan collar, gray jeans or Dockers, black shoes and black skull cap.

If you have any information on the burglary or suspect, please call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 17:13
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Many people complain about red light cameras, but statistics show that they are changing people's driving behaviors.

American Traffic Solutions, who installed the cameras across the city, recently analyzed the effects of the cameras. They say 84 percent of drivers who received and paid a citation, never got another one. They also say that cameras more than halved the number of citations issued each month. 

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ameren Missouri says it is delaying the planned construction of a coal ash landfill in Franklin County.

The St. Louis-based utility wants to build the landfill next to its Labadie power plant.  Environmental groups have fought the landfill because of its proximity to the Missouri River flood plain.

The Washington Missourian reports that the Missouri Public Service Commission has canceled project hearings scheduled for November so that Ameren can file a revised construction permit application with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Franklin County has asked the utility to include six additional groundwater monitoring wells at the landfill, despite DNR assurances that Ameren's groundwater monitoring plan is adequate.

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:29
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More information about an accident in North St. Louis County.

Three kids, aged 5, 17, and 18, were walking home from school, when the driver of an SUV hit three. Police say the driver tried to flee the scene, but flipped the SUV and ran into a home. The driver is in police custody.

The three victims were all taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:13
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The vote 61-54 vote sends the measure back to the Senate for minor changes to a version it approved on Valentine's Day. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign it.

Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Most recently, New Jersey, Minnesota and Rhode Island have allowed it.

The historic vote in Illinois came after months of arduous lobbying by gay-rights advocates, but the bill was never called for a House vote earlier this year because the sponsor said there weren't enough votes. Proponents say momentum had been building, especially as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Opponents say marriage should remain between a man and woman.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:11
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FORISTELL, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for attacking his 11-year-old son with a baseball bat.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the sentence for 46-year-old Mark Alan Calloni of Foristell follows his plea of no contest to child abuse charges filed in July.

Police say Calloni struck the child several times for unknown reasons, using a wooden baseball bat. He then tackled the boy and pinned him to the ground. The child broke free and ran to a neighbor's house, where he called police.

The boy did not suffer any serious injuries.

In 2005, Calloni pleaded guilty to domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child and felonious restraint. He was sentenced to five years of probation in that case.

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:41
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Two young children are in the hospital after they were found alone in a their home, with their dead mother.

Police were called to the house Tuesday morning. When emergency crews arrived, they found the children and the woman's body. Officials think the mother was dead for two days before she was found. The kids were taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition.

It appears the woman died of natural causes. The courts will decide who gets custody of the children. 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:33
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois prison officials estimate nearly 30,000 newly freed inmates will be eligible for Medicaid coverage in 2014 under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports state officials say better access to care for physical and mental health issues may help parolees succeed outside of prison.

The Department of Corrections plans eventually to help inmates connect with Medicaid before they're released, so they can make a smooth transition into the state and federal health care program for the poor.

Illinois is among about 26 states planning to expand Medicaid benefits to childless adults under the Affordable Care Act. Last year's Supreme Court decision upheld the law, but made Medicaid expansion optional for states.

Many parolees in the past didn't qualify for Medicaid benefits.

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:36
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Police search for a pair of bank robbery suspects today.

Fox 2 reports that the PNC Bank on South Grand near Ted Drewes' was robbed. Two men stole an undisclosed amount of money and sped off in a gray Cadillac. No word of any injuries during the robbery.

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