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   Another metro-east official is in trouble with the law.  Alorton Fire Chief Carlos Darough is facing drug charges and a federal parole violation.  KMOV TV reports that Darough was pulled over for running a stop sign.  

   Officers reportedly found marijuana in his car.  He's been charged with possession with the intent to deliver drugs and violating his parole.

   Court records show Darough has been arrested multiple times over the last 20 years on charges ranging from speeding to domestic battery.

Monday, 21 October 2013 02:59
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are set to reconvene Tuesday to address pressing issues such as pension reform and same-sex marriage. But a looming deadline for opponents to challenge sitting lawmakers in 2014 is one reason those issues could be pushed off once again.

   The filing date for anyone considering challenging a legislator in the March primaries in Dec. 9. That could make some lawmakers especially careful about casting controversial votes.

   On the session agenda is proposed tax incentives aimed at keeping the new global headquarters of Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Company in Illinois. Lawmakers will consider supplementing the $35 billion budget approved in May and hold a hearing to resuscitate talks over expanding gambling in the state.

   Legislation to enforce mandatory minimum prison sentences for felony gun convictions may also be considered.

 

Monday, 21 October 2013 02:52
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   The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew a law allowing online betting that expires in January.

   Race dates at Illinois racetracks, including Fairmont Park, would be severely cut if lawmakers don't take action to renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to money online wagering generates.  

   The issue could come up when the General Assembly convenes Tuesday.

   But even if lawmakers get it done, there's no guarantee Governor Quinn will sign it.  Quinn has said he won't consider other legislation until lawmakers fix the state's pension crisis.

Monday, 21 October 2013 02:40
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A would-be robber is dead after starting a shoot out with police in North County.

Around 9:30 AM, Sunday, a woman called police after a man tried to force his way into her home. The victim knew the suspect and directed police to his home. When police arrived at the house in the 10000 block on Winkler, the man started shooting at officers. The Florissant police officers returned fire and killed the suspect.

No officers were injured. The suspect's identity has not been released.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:36
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court this week is considering taxes for baking doughnuts and cookies.

Ameren Missouri sought a tax refund on behalf of Schnuck Markets Inc. for energy used by the grocery store's bakeries. The company points to a tax exemption for energy used in manufacturing, processing, compounding, mining or producing, and a Department of Revenue regulation with examples of what is considered "processing" that deals with bakeries.

However, the state is not buying what they're cooking. The deputy solicitor says the tax exemption is aimed at producing products in industrial plants and facilities.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in a March 2012 decision a convenience store could not claim a tax exemption for energy used to prepare food. The court concluded food preparation for retail consumption is not "processing."

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — At the trade deadline in July, the Cardinals appeared to be in the market for starting pitching. Instead, St. Louis stood pat and trusted their young arms.

That trust paid off — in a trip to the World Series.

Led by NLCS MVP Michael Wacha, the group of 20-somethings has formed a core of one of the best staffs in the major leagues.

Wacha outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice in the NLCS, including in a 9-0 win in Game 6 on Friday night.

Ace Adam Wainwright says the kid has been so good he wouldn't be surprised if Wacha was on the mound for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at the Boston Red Sox.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:31
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Belleville is going Hollywood.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that filming of a new movie required the public square in the southwestern Illinois city east of St. Louis to be closed to traffic for about an hour Friday.

The film, titled "Belleville," is by Ted Trentman, a Belleville native who typically makes movies closer to his Los Angeles digs. But Trentman opted to use his hometown as the setting for his latest work.

There's no immediate word about the movie's plot or when the film will be released.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:27
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HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of an 18-year-old southwestern Illinois man who died after being found unconscious at a University of Missouri dorm are saying their final goodbyes.

Services for Gregory Holthaus were scheduled for Friday in his hometown of Highland.

Police at the University of Missouri in Columbia say Holthaus was visiting students at the Pershing group of residence halls when he was found unresponsive October 13th. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police have said there was no indication of foul play, but the death is being investigated.

Holthaus graduated earlier this year from Highland High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He was enrolled at a technical college.

Highland is about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 10:05
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A University City woman who worked in the accounting department at Schnucks headquarters in Maryland Heights faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $111,000 from the supermarket chain.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Lolita Martin was charged with removing money from a cash box at the company's main offices. Martin was responsible for overseeing the box, which was used to provide change for the company cafeteria.

The company fired Martin in May amid an internal investigation. Defense attorney Mark Fredman declined comment but said his client plans to plead not guilty

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri teen who says she was raped by an older boy at her high school has written an account of her ordeal for an online woman's magazine.

In the article posted Friday on xojane.com, Daisy Coleman writes that the 2012 incident sent her into a spiral and she twice tried to commit suicide.

Mandy Stadtmiller, deputy editor for the website, says she asked Daisy to provide the first-person account after reading about her story.

Felony charges against two teens were dropped after the prosecutor in Maryville said the witnesses refused to cooperate.

On Wednesday, the prosecutor asked for a special prosecutor to re-examine the evidence.

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