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Illinois State Police undergoing reaccreditation

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 06:20 Published in Local News
The agency announced Monday it will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It's the state police's seventh time being assessment by the group. The force will be rated on policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. It has to comply with 364 standards to maintain accreditation.

The assessment runs from April 14 to 17. Illinois State Police was the first state police agency that the commission accredited. That happened in 1986. The commission's accreditation is valid for three years.

State Police Director Hiram Grau says accreditation "sets the tone for excellence and ensures that police service is administered efficiently and professionally."

Home prices on rise in St. Louis area

Monday, 25 March 2013 11:39 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Real estate agents in the St. Louis area say it is no longer a buyer's market.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the number of homes for sale in the St. Louis region is down 13 percent over the past year based on information from Zillow, a real estate sales website. Meanwhile, more houses are selling.

Sales rose 13 percent last year in St. Louis County, and 10 percent in the first two months of 2013. Lower supply and higher demand is pushing up home prices, though some areas, including much of north St. Louis County, are still seeing declines.

Mo. Sen. McCaskill supports gay marriage

Monday, 25 March 2013 11:22 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she believes gay couples should be able to marry.

The Democratic senator announced her support for gay marriage on her blog. She says churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside their religious beliefs, but she believes "government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love."

McCaskill's announcement comes the same week that the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear a challenge to California's gay-marriage ban.

Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

As recently as last year's Senate campaign, McCaskill said she supported states' rights to decide gay marriage and had no quarrel with Missouri's vote.

President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage last year.

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