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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The number of acres Illinois farmers devote to corn crops this year is expected to dip slightly amid growers' plans to plant more soybeans statewide.
   The U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual forecast released Monday shows Illinois will have roughly 11.9 million acres of corn. That's down about 1 percent from the 12 million acres planted last year. In 2012, the acreage was 12.8 million.
   The USDA says soybeans will make up the difference, with the 9.5 million acres expected to be planted in Illinois coming in 1 percent higher than last year's 9.45 million acres.
   Nationwide, the USDA expects 91.7 million acres of corn to be sown this year, down about 4 percent from last year. Soybean acreage is expected to rise about 6 percent to 81.5 million acres.
 
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:36
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The Collinsville Police are warning residents to wary of a new scam.
 
Police say residents and businesses have been getting calls concerning their Ameren bills. The caller claims to be a company representative and is demanding payments for overdue bills. Authorities encourage anyone who may get a similar call to verify the information with Ameren before giving payment information. 
 
Ameren Phone Numbers:
Residents: 800.755.5000
Business: 800.232.2477
 
Monday, 31 March 2014 16:41
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The Metropolitan Sewer District is asking for input on this year's projects.

 

MSD will host a public meeting Monday night at 6:30 PM. They are asking for opinions on what stormwater projects the community needs. This is the first of 8 meetings. Monday's meeting will be at the Brentwood Recreation Complex. 

Monday, 31 March 2014 16:33
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Last-minute enrollment efforts across Missouri are expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers say the deadline push won't hit anticipated enrollment targets.
 
The Cover Missouri Coalition expects statewide enrollment through the Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplace to top 100,000 by Monday's deadline. The federal government projected Missouri's six-month enrollment at 118,000.
 
Missouri is one of 36 states where the online marketplace is being run by the federal government after state lawmakers balked at participation in President Obama's signature effort.
 
Deadline-day activities in Kansas City and St. Louis resembled the final frantic hours of a political campaign, with organized community events to boost enrollment as well as aggressive social media efforts and door-to-door messages.
 
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:37
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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man is the first in Illinois to have his permit to carry a concealed weapon revoked.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports 54-year-old William P. O'Connell was arrested March 23 on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
 
O'Connell was allegedly involved in a dispute over rent money with a 52-year-old man. Police say O'Connell pointed a handgun and threatened to shoot the man.
 
The Illinois State Police have revoked O'Connell's concealed-carry permit. The law prohibits carrying by anyone involved in an action that could lead to disqualification.
 
State police spokeswoman Monique Bond confirmed Monday that O'Connell is the first revocation subject.
 
O'Connell did not immediately respond to a message left at his home.
 
The Illinois concealed carry law took effect Jan. 1.
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:35
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CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has dismissed civil action by a Chicago law firm and scolded attorneys for what she describes as an improper filing on behalf of a relative of a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
 
In a step toward a full-fledged lawsuit, Ribbeck Law Chartered asked a Cook County court last week to order Malaysia Airlines and Chicago-based Boeing Co. to turn over documents related to the plane's disappearance.
 
Judge Kathy Flanagan dismissed the request in a ruling Friday, saying it didn't conform to Illinois law.
 
She has tossed similar filings by Ribbeck in two other airplane crashes and warned the firm it could face "sanctions" if it happens again.
 
Ribbeck spokesman Mervin Mateo says the firm still planned a full lawsuit if and when plane wreckage is found.
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:34
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Missouri law enforcement officials have changed their tactics in the war on meth. New figures show that the changes are having an effect.

 

In 2013, for the first time in a decade, Missouri did not lead the nation in meth busts. The Show-Me state dropped to number 3 behind Indiana and Tennessee. The Post-Dispatch reports that changes in enforcement approaches and new laws may have caused the statistics to drop. The Jefferson County drug task force says they focused on making larger-scale labs.

 

Earlier in March, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported a seizure of 95 meth labs just outside Mountain Grove, Missouri. The drug raid was believed to be a record for a single seizure in Missouri.

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EUREKA, Mo. (AP) - Matt Bozdech of suburban St. Louis wants to play field hockey, but that's a problem in Missouri. It's a girls-only sport.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matt's parents have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging discrimination. The agency is investigating.
 
Matt is a 15-year-old student at Eureka High School in the Rockwood School District. His complaint is the flip side of the debate over Title IX, the 1972 law that bars gender discrimination in school programs. The program has erased the novelty of girls sports and led to fewer raised eyebrows when a girl tries to play a sport traditionally for boys like football or wrestling.
 
But a boy trying to play on a girls team is still viewed differently.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a 28-year-old man found dead inside a Camaro was trying to buy drugs.
 
The victim was identified Monday as James Turman. He was found shot to death in the passenger seat of the car Sunday afternoon in north St. Louis. He had been shot several times.
 
The gunman ran away and not arrests have been made.
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