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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) - A judge for the second time in four months has thrown out a lawsuit blaming a televangelist for a former employee's killings of his wife and two sons.

Associate Judge Richard Aguirre dismissed the suit Wednesday in Monroe County. Aguirre ruled that he can't see any way how Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries could have foreseen that Christopher Coleman would kill his family.

Christopher Coleman killed his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009. He was serving as Meyer's security chief. He's now serving a life sentence.

The lawsuit by Sheri Coleman's family says the ministry knew Christopher Coleman was unhappily married, did nothing to investigate threats against Coleman's family and didn't warn Sheri Coleman.

Attorneys behind the suit say they'll appeal.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:27
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Officials from St. Louis and surrounding communities are encouraging residents to sign up for a weather alert system.

KSDK reports that St. Louis and St. Peters both participate in the Nixle Emergency Message system. St. Louis residents, text STLCEMA to 888777 to receive updates.

St. Peters residents should register through the city's website, www.stpetersmo.net
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:21
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A downtown St. Louis casino and its parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment is making a hefty donation to help with hot spot policing. Lumiere Place will give the St. Louis police half-a-million dollars over the next five years. They presented the donation to Police Chief Sam Dotson at a meeting Wednesday.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:17
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One man is in custody, two others are still at large after a rolling gun battle that ended in a crash in downtown St. Louis Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe the incident started about 4:30 p.m. at North Kingshighway and Natural Bridge Avenue when two men in a burgundy Ford Fusion fired shots at another car.

A short time later, police were called to North Broadway and Pine after shots were reported in the area. They arrived to find a silver car that had crashed, and bullet holes in the window of a nearby job placement center.

The 25 year old man who'd been driving the silver car was arrested. Police are still looking for the men in the burgundy Ford.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:06
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HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - A black former student is suing because he contends his southern Illinois high school didn't protect him from racially motivated acts, which he says included being left a noose with his name on it.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Benton is on behalf of Roman Moore, who graduated from Harrisburg High School last May. The lawsuit claims principal Karen Crank and the school board knowingly allowed racially motivated acts against Moore and that officials didn't reprimand students for the noose he says was found in the high school's locker room a year ago.

Crank's office directed calls Wednesday to Superintendent Dennis Smith. He says he hasn't yet seen the lawsuit and deferred comment, other than to say there's a question about whether the rope was actually a noose.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:31
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An update to the shooting near the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College.

One man was shot three times while sitting in a van in the 3400 block of Pershall Road. He jumped out of the van and was found on the school's archery range.

He was rushed to DePaul Hospital in north county, but there is no word on his condition.

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There are reports of a shooting near the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College.

Fox 2 reports a man was found with multiple gun shot wounds in the 3400 block of Pershall Rd. We do not know what condition the victim is in. Authorities are on the scene and have released few details about the crime.

We will update you as we have more information.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:35
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Police Chief Sam Dotson is ready for the second phase of a plan to control violence in a north city neighborhood.

Fox 2 reports the next part of "The College Hill Hot-Spot Initiative" will involve several government agencies. Police will start working with the city`s building division, health department, streets department and forestry division to literally clean up the neighborhood. Crews will work to clean up allies, fix street lights, and secure vacant houses.

Dotson believes the program will make a lasting difference in the community.
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SEATTLE (AP) - Boeing Co.'s engineers have accepted a new four-year contract while technical workers rejected their offer and voted to authorize a future strike.

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The union representing both groups had recommended rejection of the contract because it would not provide pensions to new employees. They would have a 401(k) retirement plan instead.

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The union called that unacceptable, but the Chicago-based aerospace company said the change was important to its future.

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The vote tallied late Tuesday came as the company is trying to solve battery problems that have grounded its new 787s.

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The engineers and technical workers in the union work on plans for new planes and solve problems that arise on the factory floor. The two units bargain at the same time, but their contracts are separate and independent agreements, the union noted.

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While a strike by the technical workers is not imminent, the vote means the negotiating team can call one at any time, said Bill Dugovich, spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

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The engineers' vote means those 15,500 employees have a new contract in place, Dugovich said. Union negotiators hope to resume contract talks soon on behalf of the 7,400 technical workers, he said.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said in a statement that the company was pleased with the engineers' vote but "deeply disappointed" in the technical workers' rejection of what he called the company's "best and final" offer.

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"The realities of the market require us to make changes so we can invest in new products and keep winning in this competitive environment," Conner said in his statement.

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"That's why our proposal to move future hires to an enhanced 401(k)-style retirement plan is so important, as we have repeatedly emphasized over the course of these negotiations."

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Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said the company is legally obligated to have discussions with SPEEA, but he noted Conner's statement about the importance of the 401(k) transition for future hires.

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"That remains our position," Alder said.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he's concerned about the split vote and spoke to union and Boeing representatives, urging them to resume negotiations.

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"We cannot overstate the importance of the aerospace industry to the economy of Washington," Inslee said in a statement. "There are more than 131,000 employees in aerospace-related companies working across the state, the vast majority of which are directly reliant on the Boeing Company."

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Union members rejected one contract offer in October. The previous contract expired in November.

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SPEEA went on strike for 40 days in 2000.

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"With this second rejection by technical workers of Boeing takeaways, it's time for the company to stop wasting resources and improve its offer to reflect the value and contributions technical workers bring to Boeing," SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth said in a statement. "That way, we can avoid a strike and focus on fixing the problems of the 787 and restoring customer confidence in Boeing."

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The latest labor unrest is happening as U.S. regulators launch an open-ended review of the 787's design and construction. Last month, a battery on a parked 787 caught fire in Boston. On Jan. 16, another 787 made an emergency landing in Japan after another battery problem.

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All 50 787s that Boeing had delivered so far are grounded until the issue is resolved.

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The union's nearly 23,000 employees are mostly in the Puget Sound region. Union leaders believe a strike would shut down Boeing production lines in Everett, Wash., where its big planes are made, as well as in Renton, Wash., where it cranks out the widely used 737.

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The factory-floor assembly work is done by the members of the International Association of Machinists. The Machinists approved a new, four-year contract in December 2011, after a walkout in 2008 that contributed to a 3 1/2-year delay in delivering the first 787.

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It was also a factor in Boeing opening a plant in South Carolina, where laws make it more difficult to unionize.

 

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The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a winter storm warning for a mixture of freezing rain... sleet... and snow... which is in effect from 9 am Thursday to midnight Thursday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

* Timing... precipitation will overspread the area during late Thursday morning starting around 9am and will become heavy at times the rest of the day and for the drive home from work and then taper off during the evening. The precipitation will tend to be more snow early in the event but is expected to become mixed with or transition to sleet and freezing rain during the day on Thursday before tapering off as freezing drizzle Thursday evening. Precipitation will tend to be more freezing rain south of interstate 70 and more snow north of interstate 70.

* Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 6 inches, along with up to two tenths of an inch of ice.

* Winds... southeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Impacts... heavy snow... sleet and ice accumulations will have significant impacts on travel. ice may cause damage to trees and power lines.

A winter storm warning means that a significant amount of snow, sleet and/or ice is expected or occurring. strong winds are also possible.

 
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A shake up may be coming to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department -- that is, if Police Chief Sam Dotson has his way.

The chief wants to dismantle and reorganize some specialized units - moving members of the Rapid Deployment Unit into precincts, and putting gang unit detectives under a single command working from the downtown headquarters. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chief Dotson will ask the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday for permission to make those changes and to put SWAT, narcotics and drug task force officers under the same command as patrol officers.

Dotson told the paper that the moves will make the department more flexible.

He's also expected to ask for permission to accept donations to beef up hot-spot policing efforts.
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