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   The cost of taking the high school equivalency exam in Missouri could go up to $140 in January.  That's when the company that administers the GED test plans to introduce a new, computerized version of the exam.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the new test will cost twice as much as before, but GED Testing Service says states could actually save money, since they won't have to pay for things like grading the exams.  

   Missouri, like many other states, is exploring it's options.  State officials have requested bids from two competing test makers and plan to make a decision this month. 

Monday, 15 April 2013 04:17
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   Police are still looking for two men who shot and killed a Jennings man Friday night.  

   Police say 38 year old Anthony Sherill had been unloading groceries from his vehicle about 8 p.m. when the two men approached.  Sherrill ran inside his home in the 5400 block of Hamilton, but the men followed.  Police say the suspects shot Sherill in the chest inside his home and then fled.  

   Sherill was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

   Police haven't released a possible motive for the murder.

Monday, 15 April 2013 02:47
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   Some metro-east pastors are upset with the City of East St. Louis for levying what they call a tax on churches.  

   On January 1st, the city imposed a $100 registration fee on churches and nonprofits.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the annual fee is supposed to offset the city's cost of doing fire and safety inspections.  

   Local pastors spoke out against the fee at Thursday's City Council meeting.  Many blamed Mayor Alvin Parks, who defends the fee.  The city council considered the pastors argument and pushed back the fee deadline from June 30th to September 30th.  

   Houses of worship have generally been exempt from taxes since a 1970 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.  Civic fees charged against houses of worship have been struck down as "church taxes" in the past. 

Monday, 15 April 2013 01:36
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   Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says there's nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute to file tax returns. The Chicago Democrat admitted to reporters yesterday that in the past he's been guilty of coming right up against the deadline.  

   Monday is that deadline -- the final day for Americans to file their 2012 tax returns.

   Quinn says it's no fun to pay taxes, but it's the price of living in a democracy.  

   The governor has released his tax returns in years past and he said yesterday that he plans to do so again soon.

Monday, 15 April 2013 00:44
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   All schools in the Hazelwood School District will be in session on Monday.  

   The district had called off school on Thursday, the morning after an EF-2 tornado damaged homes in the north county district.  Some Hazelwood schools had reopened by Friday, but others had not.  

   District officials say classes will resume in all district schools Monday, with counselors on hand to talk with students who are dealing with emotional strain after the storms.  

   School buses will be running in all neighborhoods, but one stop had to be moved because of storm damage.  According to the district website, the stop for West Middle School that is normally at Lynn Haven and Howdershell will be moved this morning only to Lynn Haven and Deville.

Monday, 15 April 2013 00:28
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The way Missouri processes concealed weapons permits has fueled the fire in Republican lawmakers' fight over the state's new driver's license procedures.

Missouri appears to be the only state to have concealed weapons endorsements printed on driver's licenses. Permit holders can choose to have the endorsement printed on the license or on a separate card issued by the Revenue Department.

In most other states, county sheriffs or police issue the concealed weapons permits. Some states don't require a permit at all to carry a concealed weapon.

The department began scanning applicants' concealed weapons permits and other documents in December when it switched licensing protocols. Republicans say the department could share that information with the federal government or a private company. Revenue department officials deny that information is being shared.

Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:15
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A discovery made by two Washington University scientists could play a role in preventing credit card fraud.

Marcel Muller and Ron Indeck were attempting to shrink bits of data onto a hard drive in the mid-1990s when they learned that magnetic media has what amounts to a fingerprint.

Tiny signals are present on the magnetic medium that comprises both hard drives and the strips on the back of credit cards. If the unique fingerprint on those strips is compared to fingerprints in a database, fraud can be detected.

California-based MagTek has adopted the technology, seeding the market with millions of card readers that can detect the fingerprints. The company's chief executive says the technology just needs to be "turned on" and used.

Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:14
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities are trying to determine what to do with at least 1,700 concealed-carry permit holders who received their required firearms training from a man accused of shortchanging his students.

Fifty-two-year-old Donald Crangle is charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with seven misdemeanor counts in the case. His attorney, Williams Buchholz, didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an investigation began when a permit applicant presented a certificate showing he'd received eight hours of firearms training that very day. The St. Louis County police records clerk was stumped because it was only 1:30 p.m.

Undercover officers then attended Crangle's class. Police said participants were told they'd completed the course after just three hours and without meeting any state-mandated criteria.

Sunday, 14 April 2013 09:11
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a state employee was fired after an investigation found he had taken sexually explicit photos and a video of himself at work and emailed inappropriate images.

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission reported Friday that the Illinois Department on Aging fired John Hastings in December. Hastings was responsible for authoring computer code and inputting data for agency programs.

An executive inspector general's investigation found 225 pornographic images on his state computer. There were 13 explicit images and a video of a man identified as Hastings.

The heavily redacted report indicates Hastings took at least some of the photos at work and sent an inappropriate image to a female co-worker.

The report says Hastings acknowledged the wrongdoing. A phone number could not be located for him

Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:01
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the recent shooting deaths of two bald eagles in northwest Missouri.

The Missouri Conservation Department said in a release Friday that one bald eagle was found shot to death in January in Caldwell County. The other bald eagle was found shot to death in February in Clay County.

The department says a reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the case. It's a state and federal offense to shoot a bald eagle.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Missouri Operation Game Thief hotline, 800-392-1111.

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