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   A controversial contract that would bring two major music festivals to downtown St. Louis is moving forward in the Board of Aldermen.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the convention and tourism committee Wednesday gave 8-0 approval to a bill that would give Summer Rocks LLC exclusive access to the Gateway Mall over Memorial Day and Labor Day for music festivals.  

   The bill would also prevent the city from allowing another for profit music event anytime during the summer.

   Dozens of residents and local musicians voiced their opposition to the 20 year lease during a three hour hearing before the committee vote.  

   The measure now moves to the full Board of Aldermen, who aren't expected to vote on it until sometime in April.

Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:43
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   A Missouri House panel is moving ahead with a two-tiered budget that makes education funding partly dependent on the strength of the economy.  

   A plan endorsed Wednesda) by the House Budget Committee would add $122 million to the state's $3 billion in basic school funding. If state revenues meet Governor Jay Nixon's more optimistic projections, the House budget would provide a $278 million increase for schools - still less than Nixon wanted.  

   The House plan would also bar the universities from offering resident tuition rates to students living in the U.S. illegally.

Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:25
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   Missouri is losing millions of dollars from the 1998 tobacco settlement because of a legislative loophole that allows smaller tobacco companies to keep a competitive edge in the state.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri is the only one of the 46 states involved in the settlement that hasn't acted to stop smaller tobacco companies from recouping the money they pay into a settlement escrow fund.  
   Big tobacco companies say that gives the smaller firms a six-dollar per carton pricing advantage. Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer says it cost Missouri almost $70 million in settlement funds this year and could cost the state as much as $2 billion over the next decade.   For the fourth year in a row, the Columbia Republican has introduced legislation to close the loophole.  
   The state House is considering a similar bill.  Right now, both bills are in committee.
 
Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:17
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Art McCoy is out as the superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

 

The School Board and McCoy released a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying that he was resigning from his position, effective immediately. The brief statement said the decision was mutual and that the "full resolution of these matters is in the best interests of the Ferguson-Florissant School District".

 

Not much is known about the trouble between McCoy and the School Board. In November, board members voted 6-1 to place him on paid administrative leave. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:37
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - University City Police are looking for a man connected to a fatal shooting Wednesday morning.

 

Investigators say that around 8:35 Joseph Price shot two women inside a home near Fogerty Park in University City. Both women were taken to the hospital, where one of them died. Police are asking the public for help finding Price. He is described as a black male, just over 5 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. Price is known to drive a 1984 blue Chevrolet pick-up truck with Missouri license plate O-F-T-1-9-7. Police say Price should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

Anyone with information can call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211, contact your local police department, or call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The debate over legalization of marijuana will be the subject of an open forum in St. Louis later this month.
 
Three members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are hosting the forum the evening of March 24 at Harris-Stowe State University. The panel discussion will address the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests for African-Americans, the safety of the drug, and whether a marijuana tax would benefit government revenues.
 
Organizers say panelists will include people on both sides of the debate, including representatives from law enforcement and from a pro-marijuana organization.
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VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Conservation Police is investigating the illegal killing last week of more than 30 ducks at the Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area near Vandalia.
 
The ducks killed includes several northern pintails and mallards. Several ducks were left crippled. Duck hunting season closed Jan. 7 in the South Central Zone which includes Carlyle Lake.
 
Aerial surveys conducted in May indicated pintails numbered 3.3 million on the breeding grounds in the north-central United States and Canada. Waterfowl biologists and habitat managers have worked hard to keep pintail numbers at levels high enough to sustain harvest.
 
Spring duck hunting was eliminated a century ago by the McLean-Weeks Act, which regulated the shooting of migratory birds in the United states. The act was replaced in 1918 by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.
 
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.
 
Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.
 
Supporters say the measure would streamline traffic enforcement across different municipalities and give guidance to the courts. Opponents say it circumvents the point system and could keep dangerous drivers on the road.
 
The bill needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the Senate.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:08
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The incoming president at Southern Illinois University will have the pay $250,000 if he leaves his new post within three and a half years.
 
That's according to a report by The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan.
 
The newspaper says there's a clause in Randy Dunn's four-year contract that requires him to reimburse the school.
 
Dunn is president of Youngstown State University in Ohio, but announced he was leaving the job after seven months.
 
SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Randal Thomas says the money covers the cost of another presidential search.
 
SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June.
 
Dunn has said he expects to begin work July 1.
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BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County woman facing criminal charges for injuring her sons by lighting fireworks inside an SUV has been found dead.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 44-year-old Kara Koriath was found Tuesday morning with a single, fatal, gunshot wound. Investigators found after-death instructions inside Koriath's home, along with a will, suicide letters and a recently-purchased life insurance policy.
 
Police say Koriath intentionally lit strategically-placed fireworks while driving along Interstate 270 in November, causing the SUV to catch fire and crash. Her sons, ages 13 and 16, suffered burns and smoke inhalation.
 
Authorities suspect her motive was to seek revenge on her married lover, who was expected to be driving along the same route. She was free on $200,000 bond.
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