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Margaret Thatcher dead

Monday, 08 April 2013 09:19 Published in National News

LONDON (AP) - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose conservative ideas made an enduring impact on Britain, has died. She was 87.

 

   Her former spokesman says Thatcher died this morning of a stroke.

 

   Thatcher, the country's first female prime minister, re-made Britain's economic landscape after coming into office in 1979 with a free-market philosophy and the goal of privatizing state industries. And she would wage some hard-nosed battles with the country's labor unions.

 

   Her influence was felt long after she left office in 1990. Tony Blair, whose Labor Party languished in opposition as the Conservative Thatcher held power for more than a decade, ended up adopting many of her views.

 

   Thatcher's forceful personality and hard-driving style earned her the nickname of the "Iron Lady." It was a term that was reinforced when she led Britain into war against Argentina in 1982 after the Argentines invaded the Falkland Islands. She forced them to retreat.

 

   In 1984, she escaped a brush with terrorism. An I-R-A bomb exploded in a hotel hosting the annual conference of the Conservative Party. It narrowly missed Thatcher, but killed five others.

 

   The badly-divided Conservatives eventually pushed her from power in 1990, and the party has struggled since then to regain its footing.

 

   In her later years, she grew frail after a series of small strokes, and gave up most public speaking on the advice of her doctors.

 

Mo. House backs curb on airborne surveillance

Friday, 05 April 2013 03:43 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation intended to restrict use of aircraft for surveillance of people, farms and homes.

 

   Law enforcement officials could use manned aircraft or unmanned aerial drones to gather evidence if they have a warrant or to prevent immediate danger. Journalists and news organizations would be barred from using unmanned aircraft for surveillance unless they have permission from the property owner.

 

   Thursday's 87-66 House vote sends the bill to the Senate.

 

   Supporters say the legislation seeks to protect privacy rights and prevent unwanted surveillance. Opponents said Thursday that the measure could hamper law enforcement.

 

Teen girl followed by suspicious SUV

Thursday, 04 April 2013 23:18 Published in Local News

Police a looking for a suspicious vehicle that a 14-year-girl says followed her for several blocks after school Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Pontiac School in Fairview Heights. The girl reported seeing 4 or 5 black males inside a red Dodge Magnum Wagon or a similar style vehicle. She says one of occupants asked her to get inside, and when she when declined, the SUV continued to follow her. One of the males reportedly tried getting out of the SUV when the girl started running. Anyone with information on the vehicle or the incident is asked to call the Fairview Heights police department. 

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