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In what may be a record in Jefferson County, a jury has awarded $12.5 million to a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after being run over by a train.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 51 year old Michael Bolen of Jackson, Mo., was hurt in May 2012 as he was directing trains in a rail yard in Crystal City.
He claims he was walking along the track and tripped over a boulder that was left in the rail yard. He fell onto the tracks and both legs were run over by a slow-moving train.  His right leg was crushed and he also lost part of the heel on his left foot. 
Bolen's attorney, Nelson Wolff, told the newspaper that Bolen was a conductor/switchman for BNSF Railway and said the train company was negligent in having a rocky area where workers walked.
Wolff said this may be the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County. 
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The St. Louis Public School District will adjust the 2013/2014 school calendar to make-up two of the six instructional days lost due to inclement weather this winter.  Snow, ice and extreme cold temperatures resulted in the District cancelling classes on January 6 – 10 and January 21. 

The District will cancel a Professional Development day scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014 and use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff. 

The District is also cancelling the Parent/Teacher Conference Day scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2014 and will use this day as a full instructional day for students and staff. 

The 3rd Quarter report cards will now be sent home to parents via students on March 14.

As there are approximately two months of potential winter weather remaining, the District will withhold making a decision on the remaining four snow days until the threat of additional winter weather passes. 

The adjusted calendar is now available on the District website: www.slps.org.

 

 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:23
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The search for a man considered a person of interest in the death of his father is over.  
The Major Case Squad has confirmed that the body found in a Fairview Heights motel was that of Jarad Daughtrey.  
Police had been searching for Daughtrey to question him about his father, David Daughtrey's death.  The body of the elder Daughtrey was found in his Swansea home yesterday afternoon.
A cause of death has not been revealed and police say until it is, the father's death is considered suspicious, but has not yet been ruled a homicide.  
Police say they found the father's van at the Trailway Motel in Fairview Heights early this morning and made contact by phone with Jarad Daughtrey. But after a period of time with no contact, they entered the room and discovered him dead. 
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ST. LOUIS -The Missouri Department of Transportation has delayed this weekend's scheduled closure of all lanes of westbound I-70 for a week.
Current plans call for crews to close all lanes of westbound I-70 downtown between the Poplar Street Bridge and Pine Street starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8, weather permitting.
The department will also close a lane on eastbound I-70 at that time, with full closures of eastbound I-70 for up to 15 minutes.
Crews will be installing girders over the interstate for the new Walnut Street bridge.
The Eads Bridge will also be closed while the interstate is closed to ensure that interstate traffic moves smoothly.All interstate lanes are projected to reopen by noon Sunday, February 9.
This work is part of preparations for the CityArchRiver Park Over the Highway project. 
People can view the on-going construction on the Walnut Street Bridge at the web camera at: http://oxblue.com/open/modot/cityarchriver.
 
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   Two police officers assigned to security detail for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley can no longer access the criminal justice database.  

   Police Chief Tim Fitch tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that an internal affairs investigation is under way to determine whether the officers' violated any laws when they ran the names of police board candidates, including Dave Spence.  Fitch says it was an announcement in October by Dooley chief of staff, Garry Earls, that prompted the investigation.  Earls had told the County Council that Spence's criminal background check had come back clean.  

   A spokeswoman for Dooley told the paper the county executive was unaware of the investigation and had not himself requested any such checks by the officers.

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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.
   The state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund became insolvent in February 2009 during the economic downturn. Missouri borrowed from the federal government, and businesses pay a surcharge to repay the debt.
   Nixon said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Labor revised its projection for when Missouri would pay off the loan. Now, the state is expected to repay it in November instead of May 2015. Nixon says that would reduce business's federal unemployment tax by $84 per worker.
 
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   We should know by the end of the week who will replace retiring St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

   Friday is Fitch's last day on the job and the county police board is expected to name his replacement at that time.  

   Fox 2 News is siting unnamed sources as say the field has been narrowed to three candidates: Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Cox, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division; Lieutentant Colonel Kenneth Gregory, who leads the patrol division; and the head of special operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Belmar.  

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   Several elected officials around the St. Louis area have issued responses to President Obama's State of the Union address.  Leaders from both Missouri and Illinois shared their thoughts. They vary widely in their impressions, and as one might expect, seem to fall along party lines.
 
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL): 
   "Tonight the President gave an optimistic speech about opportunity for American families, an economy on the rise and leveled a call to action to ensure this is a year of progress for the middle class.
   "From programs to grow the economy and create jobs like the launching of new manufacturing institutes and infrastructure investments to efforts to strengthen the middle class like raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit along the lines of a bill introduced with Senator Brown, and making college more affordable, tonight's speech focused on creating more opportunities for American families.
   "Improving opportunities for American families requires innovation and action and I plan to work with my colleagues to build on the work we've done in my Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to reverse the devastating cuts to federally funded research and development and grow these programs for years to come.
   "Finally, tonight's speech challenged us in Congress to set aside the partisanship and gridlock that is preventing us from improving the lives millions of Americans. We must now rise to the occasion."
 
U.S. Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) MO:  
   "Tonight, President Obama laid out a bold, optimistic agenda that challenged us to reward hard work, renew economic security for middle-class families and keep faith with our senior citizens.
   "I strongly support the President's call to raise the minimum wage; pass comprehensive immigration reform; renew the Voting Rights Act; continue expanding access to affordable healthcare for all, and eliminate barriers to higher education that are keeping millions from achieving their dreams.
   "He also laid out a clear path that would continue our nation's remarkable progress towards achieving energy independence and creating millions of new jobs in the emerging 21st Century green economy. 
   "I am hopeful that Congress can build on recent bipartisan agreements to move this progressive agenda forward to benefit all Americans."
 
 
 
U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO):
   "The people of the 2nd District are tired of the same old failed speeches and policies from President Obama.  The Show-Me state wants to know, ‘where are the jobs!’   It's time the President started working with Congress and not around us. 
   "The President called for a ‘year of action.’  I don't know where the President and Senate Democrats have been for the last year, but House Republicans have taken action on solutions that will make your lives just a little better, a little easier to manage. 
   "In fact, the House has passed over 170 pieces of legislation in the last year that have been ignored by the United States Senate and the President.  The House has passed solutions that will increase the size of your paychecks, increase upward mobility, restore your individual liberties and lower costs on everyday items that you depend on every day like groceries, gasoline and the cost of your health care.   These common-sense solutions offer the American people a better future versus a failed present.
   "It's time we turn the page and begin a new era focused on empowering the American people and not the government." 
 
 
 
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) MO:
   "We've made a lot of progress these past few years, creating millions of jobs and pulling our economy out of the ditch—but there are an awful lot of commonsense ideas still sitting on the table that could build on that success, if elected leaders stop kowtowing to the political extremes and start working toward compromise to get things done. Raising the minimum wage for working families, building innovative private-public partnerships to invest in our roads and bridges, making the tax code fairer, and fixing our broken immigration system aren't partisan initiatives. They're commonsense goals that we should all be ready to rally behind to strengthen America's middle class families."
 
 
 
U.S. Congressman John Shimkus (R) IL:
   "These speeches are always more political than whoever the President is wants to make it seem.  President Obama – in an election year – took a more liberal, activist tone.  I happen to disagree with many of his ideas.
   "Promises made in speeches are also not automatically the law of the land.  However, President Obama wants to start using executive authority to take more actions without Congress’ involvement.  This is an unprecedented challenge to Congress by a President.
   "While the President talks about energy security, his EPA has taken several steps that will hinder what was becoming a growing coal industry.  I'm afraid of what his pen or his EPA might do to other energy issues that benefit Illinois.
   "The President talks about jobs, yet his Administration has taken more steps to stymie job growth than to create jobs.  The House has sent hundreds of bills over to the Senate that would directly or indirectly help job creation.
   "Finally, I want to say that the failures of Obamacare go beyond a website that doesn't work.  Here in Illinois, we are prime examples of the fiasco of Obamacare – we have had thousands more people receive cancellation notices from insurance companies than we have signed up on the website."
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   The St. Louis Major Case Squad is looking for a person of interest in the death of a Swansea, Illinois man.
   Police say a friend had called and asked them to check on 61 year old David Daughtrey.  Police arrived at Daughtrey's home in the 200 block of Mimosa Avenue and found him dead inside.  Investigators aren't calling his death a homicide, but say it is "suspicious."  
   Daughtrey's adult son, Jarad Daughtrey also lived in the home.  Police are calling him a "person of interest" in his father's death.  Police believe he may be driving his father's black, black Chrysler Town and Country van, with handicapped/military tags and Illinois plate number W280371.
   Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Case Squad at (618) 234-3291.
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