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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois is asking a federal court to reject a push by gun-rights advocates to let the state's residents start publicly toting weapons as soon as next week, rather than waiting months for implementation of a new concealed carry law.

   Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office asked a judge Thursday to throw out the request filed in East St. Louis by Mary Shepard. She filed the injunction a day after lawmakers lifted the last-in-the-nation ban. The state argues Shepard needs to file a new complaint instead of a motion seeking an emergency hearing from a judge.

   No hearing has been scheduled.

   Shepard says an unconstitutional ban on packing pistols remains because it will be as long as nine months before the first carry permits are approved in Illinois.

   

Friday, 12 July 2013 08:37
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This weekend you'll have a chance to own a piece of a Cardinal legend's estate. An estate sale is being held on Saturday featuring household and personal items belonging to Stan Musial and his wife, Lillian. The cash-only sale will not include memorabilia and will not be held at the couple's former Ladue home. The exact location of the sale will be disclosed later this morning. Proceeds from a $5 entry fee will go towards Cardinals Care. Stan Musial died in January at the age of 92.

Friday, 12 July 2013 07:52
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    A Washington Park trustee is among 15 people indicted for Medicaid fraud.

   St. Clair County probation officer and Washington Park trustee Darron A. Suggs is among those named. If convicted, he and others charged can receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says the indictments grew out of complaints concerning the Home Services Program.

   The program is intended for people under 60 and designed to reduce Medicaid expenditures by cutting down on institutional care. 

   However, Wigginton says the state of Illinois paid for ghost employees and fictitious services that, with one exception, did not keep anyone out of an institutional setting.

      

 

Friday, 12 July 2013 07:17
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Without his signature, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

Nixon announced Friday he would not sign the bill that effectively prohibits the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortions in Missouri. Without the signature, the bill becomes law.

The Guttmacher Institute that supports abortion rights said 10 states require a prescribing doctor be present. Enforcement of the requirement has been temporarily blocked in North Dakota and Wisconsin because of litigation.

Planned Parenthood for the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri says it has not used telemedicine for medication abortions. But that option has been available since 2008 in Iowa.

Friday, 12 July 2013 07:16
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   A woman who disappeared while kayaking on the Mississippi Rive near Portage des Sioux Thursday night is safe.

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the woman had launched into the river near the My River Home marina in northern St. Charles County around 7 p.m..  She had been gone more than two hours when friends and family became concerned and called for help.

   Rescue boats were launched around 10 p.m.

   A Missouri Water Patrol team found the woman about 11 p.m.  She was shouting for help from an island after being dumped into the river when her kayak flipped.

Friday, 12 July 2013 05:31
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   Many parents in the Francis Howell School District say they're concerned about the impact of students from the unaccredited Normandy District transferring to their schools.  Several sounded off at a town hall meeting Thursday night at Howell Central High School in Cottleville.  

   Some expresses concerns about resources being channeled to transferring students who are academically behind.  Other's were concerned that about violence that may come to Francis Howell from Normandy, a district that has struggled with violence in its schools.  

   Francis Howell superintendent Dr. Pam Sloan spoke openly about her opposition to the transfers, saying that busing kids to a new district isn't the way to fix a failing one.  

   But not everyone in the district is so concerned.  Francis Howell senior class president Eric Lee cautioned the crowd not to make assumptions about the students transferring in from Normandy.  Lee said it's not right to assume the kids who choose to transfer are going to cause problems.

   District officials won't know until August 2nd how many Normandy students plan to transfer.

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   St. Louis County Police are hoping someone can lead them to a teenager who fled naked from Christian Hospital Thursday evening.  Police have issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for 16-year-old Vernon J. Echols.  

   Police say the teen was taken to the hospital at Dunn Road and Highway-367 after attempting suicide.  But he escaped.  He was last seen heading north.  

   Echols is described as black, with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes.  He's five-seven and 133-pounds.  Police say he wasn't wearing any clothes when he took off.  

   Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.

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Area college students demonstrated outside Roy Blunt's office in Clayton today to voice their opposition to the recent interest rate hike on educational loans. Inaction by Congress led to a doubling of the rate from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1. Leaders of Young Activists United anticipated a meeting with Senator Blunt, but Tatericka Holmes, who attends SIUE, says they left disappointed. 

"It was basically his secretary who gave us this press release and told us that he was in D.C. and he could talk to us another time. But that's the second time we've heard that so when is he going to speak to us", says Holmes

Holmes says Senator Blunt expects to sponsor a bi-partisan bill capping the student loan interest rate at 8.25 percent, but protestors say that is still too high a price to pay.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 17:26
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Police say the suspect who allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse is in custody.

The 94-year-old victim noticed her purse had been stolen and started seeing charges show up on one of her credit cards. A tipster called police with the suspect's identity shortly after the story was first broadcast by the media. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and charges could be filed tomorrow.

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According to the FBI, the same person may be responsible for robbing four banks along Interstate 55.

The first robbery was in May of this year. In all four robberies the so-called "I-55 Bandit" handed the teller a note demanding money and indicating he had a weapon, but never showing it.

The suspect is young, between 18 and 25 years old and about six feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers. 

 

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