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An interesting program in Lincoln County that encourages speeders to give back to the community.

The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sheriff's Department is giving first or second-time offenders a chance to make a donation to charity instead of getting a ticket. The officers are handing out a card that shows how much the traffic citation would have cost and asks the driver to give that amount to their favorite charity.

Officials say one speeder sent a $110 check to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 13:26
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the June jobless numbers and the unemployment rate sits at 7.6 percent in the St. Louis metro area.

That is below the national rate of 7.8 percent for June. Compared to last June, there are 18,000 more workers.

The industry that saw the biggest increase in jobs was trade, transportation, and utility--they added 8,500 employees. Government employment meanwhile shed 4,000 jobs. 

 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 13:04
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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman is accused of tossing her infant through a car window while trying to flee after authorities say she shoplifted from a department store.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 23-year-old Mykayla M. Bator of Swansea with felony counts of theft and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment.

Fairview Heights police say Bator bolted to a waiting vehicle with her 1-year-old, tossing the child through an open window into the back seat after she was confronted as a suspected shoplifter outside a Kohl's store.

Then she got in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which drove away.

Police say the child wasn't injured.

Bator doesn't have a listed telephone number. Online court records don't show whether she has an attorney.

 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:19
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CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official.

He's set to remove his "exploratory committee" label Tuesday by filing paperwork with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he's Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger.

In a video on his campaign website, Daley says the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution to the pension crisis or voting on same-sex marriage represents a "dysfunction."

He says he's running because of the positive response he's received and he'll work seven days a week.

The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors formed his exploratory committee last month, but has already been acting like a candidate. He's stepped out to criticize Quinn's leadership and made statewide tours.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:06
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A former St. Louis Police officer was sentenced to five years probation for a Christmas Eve drunk driving incident. Michael Schinner avoided a DWI charge after driving the wrong way down a one-way street and slamming into another police car on Christmas Eve 2011. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in May. A passenger in Schinner's vehicle suffered serious head trauma. Court records show the former officer smelled of alcohol, but he refused a blood test. Among the conditions of his probation, Schinner must avoid alcohol, attend AA meetings, and complete 60 hours of community service. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 04:10
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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur has announced a $45 million expansion. The money will go towards a 79,000-square-foot addition that will house over 100 new scientists. The bioscience giant opened in 1998 and employs over 200 people. Construction on the expansion is set to begin in 2014, with the expansion set to open in 2015. 

Monday, 29 July 2013 23:39
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The Clayton branch of Fifth Third Bank was robbed on Monday afternoon.

Police say the suspect entered the bank just before 2PM, handed the teller a note demanding money, and left. The suspect is a middle-aged white man. He is 5'9" tall with a slim build. He drove from the scene in a blue or purple Hyundai that was driven by a woman.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Clayton police at 314-645-3000.

Monday, 29 July 2013 17:40
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Families of Normandy students are invited to a town hall meeting tonight.

Officials will discuss how the transfer of students will affect the unaccredited district. 700 Normandy students have applied to transfer to other districts. The meeting will start at 6:30 tonight and be held at the St. Louis County Library branch on Natural Bridge.

Meeting organizers argue that the transfer of that many students could bankrupt the Normandy School District. Normandy is responsible for covering the tuition cost of any transferring student.

Monday, 29 July 2013 17:31
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge who resigned after being accused of federal gun and drug charges has agreed to have his law license suspended.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Illinois Supreme Court this month approved of the action against former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. He was involved in a scandal involving another judge's cocaine death.

The suspension order states Cook was charged with a crime involving moral turpitude. It says he signed an affidavit voluntarily giving up his law license on an interim basis.

Cook has pleaded not guilty to charges he possessed heroin and had a gun while illegally using controlled substances.

Investigators say Cook was at a western Illinois hunting lodge in March with prosecutor-turned-judge Joe Christ when Christ died from a cocaine overdose.

 

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Police will not say if there is any connection between two smash and grab burglaries that were discovered this morning.

The first occurred at 4:30 AM when a group of thieves drove a pickup truck through the front of Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson. The criminals left the truck in the building, then drove off in another pickup.

Just over an hour later a similar truck drove through the front of a north county Stop and Shop. Authorities said items were taken from the store. The truck used in that crime was found several blocks away and had been reported stolen.

These are the latest two smash-and-grab crimes reported in recent months.

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