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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal jury in St. Louis has found in favor of the St. Louis Rams in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she was forced out because of her age.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Lory Fabian was 56 when she sued the Rams in 2012, claiming she was one of a number of older employees who lost their jobs to younger workers.

Rams attorney Bradley Winters argued Friday that Fabian simply was not rehired when her contract ended in 2011. He said performance issues and the way she dealt with co-workers led to that decision.

Fabian's lawyer said older employees were replaced with interns, and that Fabian had performed her job well.

A judge tossed out a sexual harassment claim before the trial, which ended Friday.

Sunday, 02 March 2014 08:10
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The budget cuts legislators imposed last year on the Missouri Department of Revenue likely will remain in place, even though the drivers' license controversy that sparked them has been resolved through a new law.

Lawmakers reduced the department's licensing division by $700,000 for the current budget year in an attempt to block the agency from scanning driving applicants' personal documents into a state computer.

But Governor Jay Nixon isn't asking lawmakers to restore the funding for the remainder of this budget year, nor is he asking for the funding to be placed in the state budget that begins in July.

At the time, lawmakers said funding would be restored if the agency stopped scanning the documents, which it did after Nixon signed legislation last year prohibiting the procedure.

Sunday, 02 March 2014 08:08
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The first wave of a winter storm moved through the metro area late Saturday night.

 

Freezing drizzle started falling late Saturday evening and caused slick spots on side streets, neighborhoods, and parking lots. That freezing drizzle transitioned to sleet in the early morning hours of Sunday.

 

Precipitation will return in waves Sunday. A break in the snow and sleet is expected late morning into the early afternoon before the snow ramps up. Metro St. Louis should expect mostly snow, with a mix of snow and sleet expecter further south. There could be isolated periods of heave snow late Sunday.

 

This storm will be followed up by near record cold for March. Overnight lows should at or just above zero Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:59
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University in Carbondale says it has accounted for most of the more than 250 computers that an audit noted were missing last summer.
 
The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports that the university's assistant provost and chief information officer says an initial search recovered 76 of the 256 computers that had been listed as missing. David Crane says another search turned up 61 more computers.
 
Crain says that most of the remaining computers were found to have been transferred to surplus.
 
A report last June by the Illinois Auditor General's Office put the value of the computers at more than $400,000. But Crain says most of them were at least a decade old and didn't carry much value.
Friday, 28 February 2014 17:23
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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police officials say the first concealed carry licenses are being mailed.
 
Officials say the first permits are being sent to new license holders on Friday. Illinois State Police say they've approved 5,000 applications so far.
 
State Police Col. Marc Maton (MAY'-tahn) says state police have denied 300 applications and received objections from local law enforcement agencies on 800 applicants.
 
Maton says 46,000 applications have been received so far.
 
Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns.
 
State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.
Friday, 28 February 2014 17:15
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Some good news from St. Louis County Animal Control.

 

The dog was was seen being punched and slammed to the ground in an Internet video, is okay. Officials say the dog, who they have named "Honor", is doing great. Two boys were arrested after a Facebook video showing one of the boys attack Honor was brought to the attention of county police.

 

The boys, who are students in the Riverview Gardens district, are now facing charges in Family Court.

 

Animal control plans to post more information online when Honor is available for adoption.

Friday, 28 February 2014 17:14
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois lawmaker wants communities around the state to be able install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced legislation that'd allow communities of all sizes to install the devices.
 
Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.
 
Hoffman is a Belleville Democrat. He says he wants "one uniform law for the whole state."
 
Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones - areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines. Money generated from the tickets can only be used for public safety initiatives, construction or infrastructure maintenance.
 
Friday, 28 February 2014 14:51
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County woman is charged with felony assault after reportedly stabbing a Normandy police officer in the face with a steak knife.
 
KSDK-TV reports that Tinisha Washington is jailed on a $150,000 bond after the Tuesday night incident. Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni says his officer is expected to make a full recovery and return to work next week.
 
Police say the incident began as a domestic disturbance call involving Washington and her mother. Washington was behind a locked bedroom door which she opened slightly when the attack occurred.
 
The chief says his officer was stabbed so forcefully that the knife bent. In addition to a charge of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, Washington is also charged with armed criminal action and resisting arrest.
 
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:57
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has hired an engineering company to inspect all of its buildings after a walkway collapsed at a university-run apartment complex last week, killing a firefighter.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university hired the firm, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw Inc., to inspect 1,300 campus buildings, including storage facilities. University spokesman Christian Basi says the university isn't giving the company a deadline for completing the inspections.
 
John Smith, a structural engineer with the firm, says the buildings on the list are all across the state, including farms and university extension offices.
 
Lt. Bruce Britt was on the second-floor walkway of University Village Apartments when the walkway collapsed Saturday morning. Britt, a 23-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital. No residents were injured.
 
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Legislation passed by the Missouri House would give social workers more time to complete investigations into child abuse and neglect.
 
Current law stipulates that those investigations must be completed within 30 days. But the measure passed Thursday would allow the Department of Social Services to take up to 30 business days before submitting a report.
 
Sponsoring Rep. Bill Lant, a Pineville Republican, says these serious investigations shouldn't be rushed. He added that the current timetable puts a strain on department staff.
 
The House voted 151-1 to send the measure to the Senate.
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