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   People who live within a mile of the smelly  Bridgeton Landfill are being offered alternative housing until crews remove concrete pipe sections to get rid of the stench.

    The Post Dispatch reports the program is voluntary and will be offered to residents living in Spanish Village,  Terrisan Reste mobile home community  and certain areas of the Carrollton Village Condominiums.

     The landfill is offering to pay hotel lodging fees and taxes at an extended say hotel selected by Bridgeton Landfill officials. 

     The project is expected to last until June 14.

 
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:37
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Workers at the gourmet sandwich chain Jimmy John’s plan to picket today in south city over what they say is unfair treatment and poor pay. 

They plan to walk off their jobs at the Soulard location in the 16-hundred block of  South Broadway  later this morning. 

Workers say they will strike for a $15 per hour wage floor and to take a stand against unfair retaliation targeting workers who are sticking together to speak out for better jobs. 

Nationally, workers say during the past several months, managers required workers to publicly hold signs stating that they were incapable of making sandwiches fast enough or getting customers through the drive-thru quickly. 

Inspired by fast-food workers in New York City and Chicago who walked off their jobs last month.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:52
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Pulaski Financial Corp. has filed for an "at-the-market" equity offering that will allow it to sell up to $10 million of its common stock.

  The St Louis Business Journal reports the company plans to use the proceeds to contribute capital to its Pulaski Bank subsidiary, redeem outstanding shares of preferred stock, and to support  growth with new bank branches and investigate potential acquisitions

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A south St. Louis city service station was robbed Wednesday morning. KSDK-TV reports the two men, one armed with a gun, got away with cash.

St. Louis Police report they were notified of the crime at the BP convenience store at Grand and Connecticut around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The clerk told police two men with dark clothes ordered the employee to hand over the cash before they fled the scene.

 
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Investigators hope to get some answers from a St. Peters man as to why a young woman jumped out of the car he was driving.

KSDK-TV reports the Missouri Highway Patrol wants to know what motivated 23-year-old Julia Armstrong jumped from the car as it traveled eastbound on Interstate 70 just west of Zumbehl Road just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Armstrong is recovering in the hospital.  

The driver, 53-year-old James Anthony of St. Peters, was expected to be questioned.

 
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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal watchdogs say they're launching an effort to bolster labor-law compliance involving hand-harvested crops in Illinois and Missouri.

   The U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division announced the initiative Tuesday. The intent is to safeguard agricultural workers against violations of fair labor, visa, migrant and seasonal agriculture worker, and sanitation laws.

   The government says the effort focusing on growers, farm labor contractors, agricultural brokers and processors comes after earlier initiatives uncovered numerous compliance issues.

   Ninety-eight investigations between the 2010 and 2012 fiscal years by the division's St. Louis district resulted in more than $100,000 in back wages for 228 employees. It also resulted in more than $80,000 in assessed civil penalties.

 
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   Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says his audit of Brentwood city government revealed sloppy accounting and a lack of documentation at city hall.  Schweich says those factors were behind his rating the St. louis County suburb as "poor."

   The audit came about because of a citizen petition drive that began in 2011. Residents became concerned about the city's finances after former city administrator Chris Seemayer pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 but continued to collect city benefits.

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   EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The former chief circuit judge in Madison County, Illinois says she's running for Congress.

   Forty-eight year old Democrat Ann Callis announced her candidacy Tuesday for the state's 13th Congressional District seat now held by Rodney Davis. Davis is a Taylorville Republican who was narrowly elected to the House last November.

   Callis has been a judge since 1995 and resigned last Friday from her 7 year role as the county's chief circuit judge.

   The congressional district stretches across parts of central and southwestern Illinois.

   A Davis campaign spokesman says that in the partisan-divided district, "it's no surprise that the Washington Democrats have been attempting to recruit candidates from the moment Congressman Davis was elected last fall." Andrew Flach adds that Davis looks forward to debating the issues against any eventual opponent.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would require a doctor to be physically present when an abortion-inducing drug is first administered.

The legislation was passed with a 23-7 vote on Monday. It now heads back to the House.

Senate Democrats opposed the measure but allowed it to come to a vote after reaching a compromise. An amendment was adopted to remove a provision that would've required the patient to see the same doctor a few weeks after receiving the drug.

Supporters say the measure protects the health of a mother, but opponents say it restricts abortions, particularly in rural areas where doctors are not always readily available.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting gun rights.

The amendment approved on Tuesday would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the legislation would protect against proposed gun control laws at the state and federal level.

The Senate passed the same measure earlier this year. If passed by the full House, Missouri voters would need to approve the constitutional change.

 

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