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Just in time for the 4th of July, there are new requirements for anyone looking to purchase fireworks in Belleville.

Consumers have to show proof they have completed a 15 minute safety class. Illinois has a statewide ban on fireworks. Local communities can vote to allow fireworks and other pyrotechnics, but only residents who have completed the test can purchase them.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal has the safety class on their website. The Belleville Fire Department will administer the class and hopes to have it online later this month.

 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:34
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A Granite City man faces charges for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife to death.

The Police report says that Marissa Stainback was walking with a male friend yesterday afternoon when Tyrone Stainback approached her and stabbed her. Marissa was rushed to the hospital, but the Madison County Coroner confirmed she died from several stab wounds.

Tyrone is being held on no bond and faces 1st degree murder charges.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:06
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It is the last day for the public to get a look at the revolutionary solar-powered plane that made a stop in St. Louis.

Lambert Spokesperson Jeff Lea tells KTRS News there are still tickets available to see the Solar Impulse today. Viewing runs from 1-4 and free tickets are available at solarimpulse.com. The plane is scheduled to take off at the end of the week.

It is the first solar-powered plane that can fly in day or night.

 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:20
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A Macintosh reseller has been the target of a smash and grab robbery again.

Police say thieves drove a white pickup truck through the front door of the Mac HQ store on Manchester Road. The thieves made off with several boxes of merchandise. The truck was found just a few blocks away--it had been reported stolen.

The Mac HQ store has been robbed four times in just the past few months, most recently on May 16. No word on any suspects in the case.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:33
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The team of an environmentalist made famous by Julia Roberts is coming to St. Louis. 

A spokesman for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment told KTRS News that a team representing Erin Brockovich will be in north county to address concerns surrounding the Bridgeton Landfill.

The smoldering event underneath the landfill has residents worried it could threaten nuclear waste buried next door at the West Lake Landfill. Residents and environmentalists hope the Brockovich name will draw attention to the issue. Recent tests done by the EPA suggest the underground fire would take 10 years to reach the nuclear waste.

Missouri health officials and the state's Department of Natural Resources are monitoring the smoldering closely.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:29
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Three people, including a  St. Louis police officer  are seriously injured after a Volkswagen slammed into a patrol car in Midtown last night.  It happened about 9:30 at Washington and Compton.  Police say a passenger car with three people inside had been driving erratically earlier in the evening.  Police pursued the car, but had to stop to answer another call.  A short time later, the car struck a different police car.  One person climbed out of the passenger car and ran from the scene.  The two other people in the car, and the 35-year-old police officer were all taken to the hospital.  All three are listed in serious condition.  Police are still looking for the 27-year-old person who fled.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:21
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Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says he's ready to do the business of city governance.  That's despite the fact that he has to work with some of the city council members who voted to impeach him in April.  Last night was Paul's first city council meeting since a judge reinstated him Monday while his appeal to overturn the impeachment is reviewed.  A crowd of supporters welcomed Paul back to office. As he took his seat, most of the crowd stood up and applauded him in support.  After the meeting Paul said the city will be back in court this Friday trying to undo the ruling that put him back in office.  

 
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   The ballots have been counted and after two days of voting, St. Louis public transportation workers are unanimous in their support for a job action.   

   Ninety percent of the voting membership of Transit Local 788 gave a thumbs up for a strike authorization. Local president Mike Breihan says the International office still needs to sanction the job action. 

  "The largest majority supported the strike," Breihan said.  "So what we do now is send the information up to the International. They make a decision on to sanction the strike or not. And then if that happens we will follow procedures and see what happens."  

   Breihan says the Union will wait to set a strike date until after a mediator issues his report in late June.

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   The St. Louis County Council is doing something it seldom does -- reversing itself on a senior housing development already underway in the Oakville area.  

   The move follows an uproar from people who live near the planned 45-unit low-income apartment building in the 6000 block of Telegraph.  

   Last year the council had unanimously approved the development by Ohio-based National Church Residences.  

   Tuesday night, the county council voted 5-2 to send the issue back to the planning commission so that area residents can weigh in on zoning permits issued for the development.  

   Several council members who sided with the residents say they don't expect the zoning to be revoked.

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   The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to attend other nearby schools.

   Tuesday's decision involves a specific family who contends the St. Louis Public School District should have footed the bill for their two children to attend Clayton schools. But the ruling could have implications for residents in other unaccredited districts.

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